Popcorn Mushroom 鹹酥杏鮑菇

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This is a vegan version of a Taiwanese street food-“popcorn chicken”, here we substitute chicken with king oyster mushroom(which is a good alternative for chicken in general).
This popcorn mushroom is delicious and easy to make, and the perfect snack for a movie/game night at home😋

Popcorn Mushroom 鹹酥杏鮑菇

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Taiwanese
Servings 2 people


  • 3 King Oyster Mushroom
  • 150 g Sweet Potato Starch(地瓜粉)
  • 30 g Potato/Corn Starch
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Cooking Wine
  • 3 Cloves Garlic 
  • 50 ml Sparkling Water
  • 1 tbsp Sichuan Pepper Salt(椒鹽
  • ½ tsp Chinese 5 spices(五香粉)
  • Oil
  • 2 Stalks Taiwanese Basil(九層塔) optional


  • Cut the king oyster mushrooms into cubes(about 3cm*3cm), cut garlic very very finely. Add salt, soy sauce, cooking wine, 5 spices, garlic to mushroom, mix everything and let it marinate for 30 mins
  • Add sweet potato starch and potato/ corn starch, mix well
  • Add sparkling water then mix again. Coat every mushroom cube evenly with the starch, let them rest aside for 10 mins.
  • Add enough oil to a pot, turn on medium heat. When the oil is hot enough (170-180°C OR 338-356°F), add the mushroom cubes one by one and fry until it’s golden and crispy on the outside, takes about 6-8 mins. Fry the Taiwanese basil for 30s and put it aside.
  • Get the mushroom cubes out with a sieve, put them on kitchen paper to absorb the oil, then add 1 tbsp peppercorn salt, mix it well and enjoy


If you don’t have a kitchen thermometer, you can stick a wood chopstick in the oil and there are many small bubbles forming around the chopstick means the oil is hot enough for frying.
Keyword king oyster mushrooms, mushroom, popcorn
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