Korean Fried Cauliflower

A friend of mine "challenged" me to come up with a "vegan" version of an appetizer she had at a popular restaurant.  She didn't think I could pull it off, so you know I had to get in the lab and prove her wrong.  So here is my vegan version of the Korean Fried Cauliflower.  Enjoy


1 head of cauliflower, washed and cut into bite size pieces
2 tablespoons of sesame seeds (optional)
4-6 servings

Wet batter:
1 cup unbleached flour
2 tbls constarch
1 cup cold water
1 tbls hot sauce

Dry Batter:
2 cups unbleached flour
1 tbls garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp black pepper

¼ cup hot red chili paste
2 tbls sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbls soy sauce
3 tbls brown sugar

1.  Preheat oil in large sauce pan or deep fryer. 
2. Combine wet ingredients in medium mixing bowl.  Whisk until smooth, if the batter is too thick, add up
to 2 tablespoons of cold water at a time until mixture is slightly runny and smooth.  Set aside
3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, garlic powder, salt, paprika, and black pepper and whisk together until well combined
4. Dip the cauliflower pieces into the wet mixture, then dip the pieces in to the dry mixture, make sure the pieces are completely covered.  Carefully lower the coated pieces into the hot oil, be sure to cover the bottom of the pan with cauliflower.   Cook for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown.  Place cooked cauliflower on a baking sheet covered with paper towel to absorb the oil from the cauliflower.  Repeat until all pieces have been cooked. 
5. In medium saucepan, over medium heat, add sesame oil and garlic, cook for 2-3 minutes.  Stir in red chili paste, soy sauce, and brown sugar until mixed well.  Cook for additional 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Sauce should become thicker. 
6. Place cauliflower into mixing bowl and pour sauce over cooked cauliflower until all are coated.  Serve Hot.