Meaty shiitake mushrooms mimic the texture of eel in this sticky-sauced stir-fry from Portland, Oregon, restaurant BTU Brasserie. This recipe first appeared with the 2015 SAVEUR 100 item Save the Eels.
- 7 oz. dried 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
Combine mushrooms and water in a bowl; let sit until softened, about 10 minutes. Drain mushrooms and slice 1⁄3" thick; squeeze dry.
Heat 2" oil in a 14" flat-bottomed wok until a deep-fry thermometer reads 350°. Toss mushrooms with cornstarch. Working in batches, fry mushrooms until crisp, 1–2 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to paper towels to drain. 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. Stir in reserved mushrooms; cook 1 minute. Transfer to a serving platter; garnish with remaining scallions.