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Shiitake mushrooms have many uses. In Japan, they are served in miso soup, used as the basis for a kind of vegetarian dashi, and as an ingredient in many steamed and simmered dishes. In Chinese cuisine, they are often sautéed in vegetarian dishes such as Buddha's Delight.
Shiitake mushrooms are also known as medicinal mushrooms, among the 8 approved for medicinal use by the Chinese equivalent of the FDA.
Rehydrate and use to make a delicious soup or sauteed with onions, garlic, and a little soy sauce to accompany any meat or vegetable dish.