Taiwanese Popcorn Cauliflower

Serving 4 pax
Preparation Time 50 mins
Skill Easy

200g Cauliflower (chopped into florets)
Vegetable oil for deep-frying

Wet Mixture
1 Egg (whisked)
½ cup Cold Water
3 tbsp Corn Flour
2 tbsp Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
2 tsp Salt

Dry Mixture
3 cups Potato Starch

Spice Mixture
2 ½ tsp Five Spice Powder
2 tsp Sichuan Pepper*
3 tsp Garlic Salt
1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
2 tsp Smoked Paprika

*Available at your nearest FairPrice store

  1. Wet mixture: Combine the egg, cold water, corn flour, plain flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  2. Dry mixture: Pour the potato starch on a baking tray.
  3. Dip the cauliflower florets into the wet mixture, then coat with the potato starch thoroughly.
  4. Preheat the vegetable oil. Deep-fry the battered cauliflower florets until golden brown. Set aside on kitchen towels to soak up the excess oil.
  5. Spice mixture: Mix all of the ingredients for the spice mixture in a bowl. Adjust to taste based on your preference.
  6. Coat the deep-fried cauliflower florets thoroughly with the spice mixture. Serve piping hot alongside some fluffy white rice or alone as a snack!

Tip: Sprinkle some fresh coriander for extra presentation points if you’re serving it to guests. 

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