Sunday, January 27, 2013

Spicy Vegan Scallop Roll

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I found some beautiful king oyster mushrooms in Chinatown last week, with no real plan on how to use them. I didn't want to buy a ton of ingredients to make a dish, so I used what I already had in my cabinets and refrigerator, and made these spicy and nicely textured sushi rolls with them. The trick here with getting the mushrooms to develop a similar texture to a scallop is an hour-long soak in a little warm water to soften them up a bit. A quick roll in some panko and cornstarch gives these rolls a nice little crunch and goes well with the spicy sriracha-Vegenaise sauce.

If you scan below for the ingredients that I used to make the glaze you see on the plate above, you won't find them—I was overgenerous with adding in a thickener, and ended up with an aromatic but weirdly textured sauce that was almost inedible. However, it turned out that this dish doesn't really require all of that anyway, as a quick dunk in a little soy sauce balances everything out perfectly here.

3/4 cup sushi rice, soaked for 30 minutes in cold water

1 1/2 cups water
1 TB rice vinegar
1 TB sugar
1/2 TB salt

plenty of oil for frying
4 straight, medium-sized king oyster mushroom stems, soaked in warm water for about an hour 

1 1/2 tsp Ener-G, whisked with 5 TB cold water
1/2 cup cornstarch

1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
4 toasted nori sheets
sesame seeds
4 TB Vegenaise mixed with 1 tsp to 1 TB sriracha, to taste
soy sauce

optional, to serve
vegan caviar (I used prepared IKEA brand, but you can also make your own)

pea shoots or sprouts


After the rice has soaked for 30 minutes, rinse thoroughly under fresh cold water and place into a rice cooker with the 1 1/2 cups of water. Once the rice is ready, place the rice vinegar, sugar and salt into a large glass bowl and place in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Transfer the cooked rice to the glass bowl and stir well. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a small pot over medium-high heat. After 7 minutes, throw a pinch of cornstarch into it. If it sizzles immediately, you are ready to fry. Place the mushroom stems into the Ener-G/water mixture, then roll them in the panko/cornstarch mixture until well coated. Tap off any excess. Fry each piece separately for about 2 minutes and place on paper towels to drain and cool.

Roll your sushi, spooning some of the sriracha-Vegenaise dressing in a straight line next to the mushroom. Serve with soy sauce and garnish with vegan caviar and pea shoots or sprouts, if desired.


  1. these are beautiful and sound oh so good. I love the mushroom scallops...

  2. Stunning photos. Thanks so much for the recipe and tips. I make vegan Sushi often, and look forward to trying something new.

  3. This recipe is amazing! You could rock this recipe all the way to the finals on Masterchef it looks so good! Kudos on this wonderful creation :)

  4. lovely! i love your utilization of mushrooms to make oysters. once again, these look fabulous! which reminds me, it's been far too long since i've had sushi!

  5. breathtaking photography. How inventive too! I'm making these asap!

  6. What a fun idea! Gorgeous photo, too

  7. How did I not know about vegan caviar at ikea?! Guess where I am going tonight.

    These look really beautiful and delish!

  8. It must be very tasty with the mushrooms. Meaty!

  9. I love this! Very beautiful as always. I must make soon :)

  10. One simple thing to say: perfect... PERFECT!!!

  11. Your website is one of the most elegant, drop-dead gorgeous food blogs I read!!! I LOVE it and want to try every recipe. Thank you SO much.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment! Glad you like the blog! : )

  12. I was so excited with how this came out! We have no vegan caviar here on island so I tried to think of a substitute. I ended up making some small pearl tapioca and soaking them in soy sauce. I let them drain and set for some time. The color was more orange/brown...but it looked like real salmon roe. I was so delighted! It made for a gorgeous presentation!

    1. Brilliant idea ... I love it, Leila!


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