Mock Eel (Shiitake Mushrooms)

IFH Note: This dish is locally famous at A Single Pebble in Burlington, VT. To make a meal, serve with stir-fried cabbage over rice!

Recipe by Saveur. Photo by Romulo Yanes.

MockEel

Ingredients

  • 7 oz. shiitake mushrooms, stems removed
  • 6 cups boiling water
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 1⁄2 cup cornstarch
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 (1") piece ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1⁄3 cup soy sauce
  • 1⁄4 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine mushrooms and water in a bowl; let sit until softened, about 2-3 minutes. Drain mushrooms and slice 1⁄3" thick; squeeze dry.
  2. Heat 2" oil in a 14" flat-bottomed wok (If you have a deep-fry thermometer - 350°). Working in batches, toss mushrooms with cornstarch, then quickly fry mushrooms until crisp, 1–2 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to paper towels to drain.
  3. Discard all but 2 tbsp. oil from wok; heat over medium-high. Cook three-quarters of scallions and the ginger until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add soy sauce and sugar; cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, 1–2 minutes.
  4. Stir in reserved mushrooms; cook 1 minute. Transfer to a serving platter; garnish with remaining scallions.