FOOD

General Tso’s Cauliflower

Get that satisfying General Tso's flavor, minus the chicken, by switching out your protein with crispy cauliflower.

FOOD

General Tso’s Cauliflower

Get that satisfying General Tso's flavor, minus the chicken, by switching out your protein with crispy cauliflower.

Ingredients

General Tso’s Cauliflower

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into large florets
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Salt, to taste
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese cooking wine
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 5 dried red chilies
  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish

Steps

General Tso’s Cauliflower

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the cornstarch, baking soda, salt, water and rice flour until it forms a batter.
  2. Toss in the cauliflower and fold together until well coated.
  3. In a large heavy-bottomed pot, heat the oil to 375 degrees.
  4. Fry the cauliflower in batches until golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.

Sauce

  1. Add all of the sauce ingredients except the chilies.
  2. Whisk together until everything is combined.
  3. Bring to a boil and whisk occasionally until sauce thickens, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the dried chilies and simmer for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Add the cauliflower to the sauce and toss to coat. Sprinkle with thinly sliced scallions and sesame seeds as garnish.