We know that shiitake mushroom usually used for miso soup, ramen or any kind of vegetarian dashi. But you know that you can also fry them into tasty snacks too!
Here are what you need:
- Shiitake mushroom
- All purpose flour
- Seasonings (salt, pepper, hot spices, etc.)
- Cooking oil, for frying
First, you want to wash them with water to remove any dirt and soil. Then drain and dry thoroughly with towel.
Cut the half bottom stem of each mushroom. They’re pretty stiff and take longer time to cook so we won’t really need them.
Throw them into flour, here I use all purpose flour seasoned with salt and pepper. Nothing’s fancy. But you can be creative, like, add panko (Japanese breadcrumb), hot spices, garlic powder or even shredded nori (Japanese seaweed). Get creative!
The excess moist from previous step will help the flour to stick with the mushroom. We don’t want them heavily coated. Just lightly. Then, we’re ready to fry.
You can use any oil as your preference, I’m not that demanding. Set them to medium heat. Don’t set it too high or the mushroom will burnt out on the outside yet raw in the inside.
Carefully, add the shiitake to the oil. Cook them for about 5-7 minutes, or until the flour turned golden brown.
Transfer them to a bowl that has been lined by paper towel. You can see that I also made crispy sweet pineapple wedges using the same steps. Sprinkle more salt and pepper, and they’re ready to serve.