Let’s Make Tempura Mushrooms!
Hsa Mu Htaw is a migrant school in Mae Sot which has had great success in growing mushrooms. In fact, in the first few weeks of their new mushroom hut being stocked with spore bags, they were producing too many mushrooms to eat!
Hsa Mu Htaw was very successful in selling their mushrooms, but they also developed many delicious recipes for cooking them. Our favorite: Mushroom Tempura with Tamarind Dipping Sauce.
Here is the recipe, so that you can try and make the mushroom yourself at home. I can guarantee that you can make it easily and it can be very delicious for you and you will like it very much.
- 1kg mushrooms
- ½ kg rice flour
- 2 pkg bean flour (raw)
- 1 Tbsp sticky rice powder
- 1 Tsp baking powder
- 1 Tsp turmeric powder
- Pinch Salt
- Oil for frying
- Water (a little for mixing)
- Mix the dry ingredients together. Add water a few tablespoons at a time until the mixture becomes runny, but not too thin. You should be able to dip a mushroom in the mix and have it stick.
- Heat oil slowly over medium heat until it reaches a boiling point. To test, put a small drop of batter in the oil.
- Coat mushrooms in the batter, about eight at a time, then transfer them to the oil to fry. Mushrooms should be a light brown when finished. Allow mushrooms to sit on paper towel for several minutes to help get rid of excess oil.
- 300g tamarind fruit
- 1 Tbsp fish sauce (or more, to taste)
- 2 Tbsp Sugar
- 2 large cloves of garlic
- 3 or 4 green chilis (or more, to taste)
- Fresh, diced coriander (to taste)
- First, prepare the tamarind fruit. If you are buying tamarind in the shell, the shells should be removed. Then, clean the fruit in cold water. The fruit must be soaked in hot water, about a cup and a half, or until the fruit is submerged. Let the fruit stew for awhile, then press the fruit a little. Remove all the pulp and seeds. Tamarind juice will remain.
- Mix the juice with all remaining ingredients.
There are many other ways to prepare and enjoy mushrooms from a mushroom hut or from your local supermarket. Check back here often as we’ll be posting recipes for mushroom soup, dried mushroom vermicelli and mushroom curry.
Hsa Mu Htaw has the mushroom house, so you can eat the fresh mushroom tempura there. Now where ever you are, I would like to suggest you one thing is that if you come and visit to Mae Sot, don’t forget to visit to Hsa Mu Htaw boarding house and eat some delicious mushroom tempura. If you can’t visit there, don’t worry, you can buy the mushroom and look at my recipe and do it in your own home.