Recipes

You Don’t Need to Have the Drunchies for a Taste of North Park’s Fried Beancurd Skin

September 12, 2018

If you’re anything like us, you’ve ended up at North Park’s Next Door Noodles (the one in Poblacion to be specific) in the middle of the night to satisfy your desire for North Park’s famous Fried Beancurd Skin with Shiitake mushroom. Now you (we) don’t require copious amounts of alcohol to get your (our) fill with our food hack.

So good you’ll ignore the chopsticks and use your hands.

We must admit that finding the beancurd skin took some scouring through specialty shops in Binondo. But once the initial hurdle is over and done with, everything else is a cake walk. Just pick up some mushrooms at the grocery, and everything else should already be in your pantry. And on a side note, it’s fascinating to see the pre-cooked beancurd skin and to watch the texture change while frying, so this recipe is a lot of fun for the curious-minded too.

North Park’s Fried Beancurd Skin with Shiitake Mushrooms

  • Serves: 2-3 people
  • Active time: 30 mins
  • Total time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy

INGREDIENTS

Base

  • 2 cups beancurd skin
  • Oil, for frying

Sauce

  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1 cup Shiitake mushrooms, quartered
  • ½ cup oyster sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tsp. grated ginger

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat frying oil over medium heat until 350F.
  2. Fry beancurd skins (defrosted if previously frozen and patted dry) until crisp, about 3 minutes.
  3. Remove from oil and set aside to drain on paper towels.
  4. In a pan over medium heat, heat the 1 tbsp. of oil.
  5. Add the Shiitake mushrooms and fry, about 2 minutes until cooked and colored.
  6. Add oyster sauce, water, and ginger and stir to combine.
  7. Cook sauce until boiling and thickened, about 3 minutes.
  8. Pour sauce over fried beancurd skin and serve.
Bea Osmeña SEE AUTHOR Bea Osmeña

Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.

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