Recipe Review

Deep-Fried Crispy Mushrooms Will Become Your New Favorite Side Dish This Winter Season

published Jan 14, 2022
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roasted mushrooms on a sheet pan
Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman; Food Styling: Anna Stockwell

When mononymous cook Hyosun shared a mushroom dish from a recent visit to Korea via Instagram this week, she did more than present a beautiful, mouthwatering shot of her homeland’s cuisine. She also presented quite a few nuggets of information and a recipe.

Hyosun — who describes the content on her page as “a Korean mom’s home cooking” — discovered the dish known in Korean as Beoseot Gangjeong while dining at Balwoo Gongyang, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Seoul. She describes it as “deep-fried crispy mushrooms glazed in a slightly sweet and sour sauce with a hint of spicy kick.”

But before describing the plate in the photo, which featured bell peppers and pumpkin seeds, Hyosun also revealed that mushrooms have been named the Ingredient of 2022 by the New York Times’ trend forecasters. The prediction, however, isn’t just limited to the usefulness of mushrooms in the kitchen. “The number of small urban farms growing mushrooms is expected to bloom, and mushroom fibers will start to proliferate as a cheap, compostable medium for packaging,” the Times predicts.

But there is another explanation as to why mushrooms are becoming such an integral part of so many people’s diets, Hyosun reveals, citing Specialty Food magazine: “They tick three major trends: plant-based eating, eating to boost immune health, and sustainability.”

While she provides basic instructions for recreating her recipe in the Instagram post — “the bite size mushroom pieces are quickly deep-fried in shallow oil” — Hyosun also provides a link to the full recipe on her website. And once again, she offers a wealth of knowledge to go along with the dish, including an explanation of the gangjeong technique and a breakdown of which mushrooms to use for this recipe and why.

The dish itself consists of four ingredients (or five if you take Hyosun’s suggestion of garnishing with chopped nuts or seeds) and the sauce is also fairly simple — comprised of five versatile ingredients you may already have in your kitchen.

Check out the full recipe here and add this flavorful take on the ingredient of 2022 to your side dish repertoire.