Copycat Cookin: Tasty Spicy Sesame Cauliflower and Panda Express Lo Mein

These copycat recipes are inspired by Tasty's Spicy Sesame Cauliflower (a rad vegetarian alternative to General Tso's or Orange Chicken) and Panda Express' Lo Mein

Here are a couple of copycat recipes with a twist.

General Tso's Cauliflower

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1 pin cayenne pepper
Vegetable oil (for frying--you can use any kind of oil, but peanut oil "pops" a lot and you might get "bit" by some hot oil drops, which is never a good time)
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp ginger
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp cornstarch slurry

Step One:
Cut up your cauliflower into edible chunks.

Step Two:
In a large bowl combine flour,  milk, baking powder, garlic powder and cayenne pepper. Mix well until clumps are gone.

Step Three:
Add the cauliflower and coat. (You can use a large Ziploc baggie for this as well. Mix all wet ingredients in the large bag and then dump in cauliflower. Shake and coat. No bowl to clean)

Step Four:
Deep fry the cauliflower until golden brown. Drain oil and place cauliflower pieces on a paper towel. 

Step Five:
In a pot, combine minced garlic, rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, sugar and onion powder. Bring the sauce to a boil then add the cornstarch slurry to thicken it. Stir.

Step Six:
Toss in cauliflower and coat in sauce over low heat. 



Lo Mein

Ribbon egg noodles (found in any asian food aisle, or you can also use spaghetti)
Broccoli slaw
1 onion (cut up, not minced or diced)
2 stalks celery (cut up into little Us)
2 tbsps ginger
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce

Step One:
Boil and cook noodles. Set aside.

Step Two:
In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, ginger and pepper.

Step Two:
In a large skillet sautee onion, broccoli slaw and celery in some olive oil and a few splashes of teriyaki sauce for about four minutes over medium heat. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. 

Step Three:
Add sauce mixture and vegetables to noodles over low heat. Stir until combined for about three minutes.



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