What: This strange looking hair-like fungus grows on the grounds of the Gobi Desert and is green in it's natural form. The dried product that Chinese tend to use has either been dyed black or becomes slightly grey in colour when dried. Fat Choy may look like human hair but it's texture and taste closely resembles black vermicelli

How: Fat Choy (translates as lucky vegetable) comes dried in packets

To use: Soak for 5 minutes in hot water before use. Drain on paper towels and cook either in stir-fries or braised stews. Use sparingly as accompaniments to mushroom or tofu dishes. This is mainly consumed over the Chinese New Year period for good fortune