Another thing I got inspired for in Nepal! We were eating in a restaurant that also serves meat, I took a vegan curry and found a piece of mushroom in it. I could’ve sworn it was chicken! I went to tell the staff so they could be more careful in the future, but with a little giggle the waitress told me it’s mushrooms, 0% meat. Finding out the English name of the mushroom was a bit of a struggle, the more I was surprised when I found out it’s simple oyster mushrooms. The texture is quite tough, so it reminds a bit of meat and veins, just without the cruelty and without disgusting stuff like cartilage in it! I thought frying it might be really good, so we tried and turns out – it is!
- a badge of oyster mushrooms
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
- ½ cup flour
- ½ (you might need a little more) cup beer or vegetable broth
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp smoked paprika
- A few drops of liquid smoke
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- Oil for frying
The recipe here is pretty much the same like our Tofu Nuggets! Check them out here, if you are interested! 🙂
Take a medium-sized mixing bowl and combine flour, salt, garlic powder and paprika. Add in the beer or vegetable broth and liquid smoke and mix until you end up with a goo-like batter (you might need to add a tiny bit more beer/veggie broth).
Make the mushrooms a little wet with some water and throw them into a bowl. Throw in the cornstarch and stir until all the pieces are covered.
Now you want to take one of the mushrooms and dip it first in the batter and then in the breadcrumbs. Do this again with the rest of it.
Fill a pan with oil until it reaches 1 cm high. Turn on the heat to high and wait until the oil is completely warmed up. Throw in 4-6 coated oyster mushrooms at a time and fry on each side until they reach a nice golden-brown colour (30-50 seconds on each side).
Sprinkle with extra salt or seasoning and serve as is or with a dip of your choice!