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1 head cauliflower, cut into mouth size pieces
3 t cornstarch
1 t baking soda
½ t salt
2 t sesame oil
¼ t black pepper
2¼ cups water
1 cup King Arthur flour
2 tbs sesame seeds, plus more for garnish
2 t freshly grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ t dried chili flakes
2 tbs soy sauce
2 t vinegar
2 t organic sugar
¼ cup green onions, cut into 1-inch pieces, plus sliced onions for garnish
Vegetable or Canola Oil
In a large mixing bowl, add 2 tablespoons of the cornstarch, the baking soda, salt, 1 teaspoon of the sesame oil, black pepper, 1¼ cup of water, and ¾ cup of flour. Mix together well.
Add the cauliflower pieces and toss to coat.
Sprinkle the remaining ¼ cup of flour and the sesame seeds over the coated cauliflower. Lightly toss to coat. Set aside.
In a small sauce pan, bring to a slight bubble, the following ingredients: 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, grated ginger, minced garlic, dried chili flakes, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and one cup of water. Stir well.
When the mixture comes to a slight boil, add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to 1 tablespoon of water and mix well, add that mixture to the sauce pan. Next, toss in the green onions and stir to combine. Reduce to a simmer and allow to thicken.
In the meantime, heat the vegetable oil in a deep pot to 375 degrees. (You can also use a deep fryer if you have one.)
Carefully place the coated cauliflower florets into the hot oil. Fry each piece until golden brown - about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the oil and allow to drain on a paper towel lined baking sheet.
Once all of the pieces are fried, increase the temperature of the oil to 385 degrees and re-fry the nuggets of cauliflower for another 30-60 seconds. This will provide a deeper colour and a better crunch. This step is completely optional!
Lastly, plate the cauliflower while spooning the thick, hot sauce over top. Garnish with the sliced green onions and a few sesame seeds. Serve immediately.