Best Vegan Shrimp

I’ve attempted the yam-primarily based + salt and pepper shrimp at Au Lac in Fountain Valley, the spicy Cha-Cha at Loving Hut in San Diego and Ocean of love at Vegan Nirvana in Huntington beach. each model is barely extraordinary in texture and education, and i love the newness of biting into this very specially textured mock seafood object.

Whenever I order such a, I wish I should get my fingers on a bag of the frozen stuff at my nearby Asian marketplace to make myself at domestic. but I’ve by no means visible one! So I had an idea to make my very own vegan shrimp the usage of king oyster mushroom stems, that i take advantage of loads for making vegan scallops. the texture is not as company as the vegan shrimp I’ve eaten out at restaurants, however it was nevertheless superb. name this a fried mushroom and you’d additionally be accurate however, come on, play along. 🙂

for the "shrimp"

  • 4 large king oyster mushroom stems, sliced into scallop-sized pieces and soaked in warm water for about 15 minutes

for the breading

  • 1/2 cup white rice flour
  • 1 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1 tsp coconut or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp VeganEgg (optional)  
  • 3/4 cup AP flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 TB garlic powder
  • 1 TB onion powder
  • 2 cups panko, plus more if needed
  • canola or grapeseed oil, for frying

for the bang bang sauce

  • 1 cup vegan mayo
  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 2 TB sriracha
  • the juice from one lime

to prepare the mushroom shrimp

  1. Cut each scallop into 2 shrimp shapes, like this. Imagine a wavy line running down a yin yang symbol and cut along that. They don't need to be perfect.
  2. to prepare the breading
  3. In one bowl, add the rice flour.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the soy milk, vinegar and VeganEgg. Whisk together the flour, cornstarch, garlic and onion powders, then gently mix it together with the wet mixture. If the mixture is too thick, add in a little more soymilk, and be sure not to overmix.
  5. In another bowl, add the panko.

to prepare the vegan shrimp

  1. Place several inches of oil into a small cast iron pot or deep fryer and heat to 325-350 degrees.
  2. Batter the vegan shrimp in small batches (I did them 3 or 4 at a time.) First, remove a mushroom from the water, press it into the rice flour, then dunk into the batter, let any excess drip off, then press it into the panko mixture until well and evenly coated.
  3. Drop the mushrooms into the hot oil and fry until golden. Transfer to paper towels to drain while you fry the rest of the mushrooms.
  4. Serve immediately with the bang bang sauce.