Imported from China, dried wood ear makes a great addition to almost any Asian dish or stir-fry due to its mild flavor and crunchy texture. Wood ears take their name from the fact that they grow on the sides of decaying trees. The broad, flat shape of the mushroom makes the tree look like it has ears. Soak in warm water for about 30 minutes. After reconstituting, slice into thin pieces. The soaking liquid does not add anything to a finished dish. You can either use it or discard after reconstituting the mushrooms.