Honey Sesame Kani Poppers
Marinade and Batter
- One package kani(imitation crab sticks) about 10 sticks cut into squares
- 1 Tbs mirin(Japanese cooking wine)
- 1 Tbs vodka
- 1 large egg white
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1- 1 1/2 cup flour, sifted
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup Water
- 3 TBS Soy sauce
- 2 TBS White sugar
- 1 TBS scallion, chopped plus more for garnish
- 1/2 tsp chicken soup mix
- 1/4 tsp sesame seeds
- 2 TBS cornstarch
- 1 TBS water(for the cornstarch)
- Cut Kani sticks into square pieces and place in a large bowl. Add mirin, vodka, egg white, and salt. Toss to combine and let sit for 10 minutes, or while you prepare the sauce.
- Place the flour in a large bowl. Start with one cup, and if you need more add another 1/2 cup. After ten minutes, Pour the kani squares with ALL the extra marinade into the flour. Toss till all the pieces are coated- you will see little bits of batter sticking to the poppers. Some of the kani might break apart a bit. Thats fine, just fry those little pieces up too!
- Heat a high rimmed pan or shallow pot with an inch to an inch and a half of oil. When hot, add the battered poppers in to fry. Flip when the first side is golden and cook second side. You are just cooking the coating- the kani doesn't need to cook! Remove to a paper towel to drain.
- To prepare the sauce, add honey, soy sauce, water, soup mix, sugar, and scallions to a pan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and let it cook for a minute or two. Add 2 Tbs cornstarch to a small seperate bowl with one Tbs water. Mix until the cornstarch dissolves and add it to the honey sauce. Cook until the sauce turns glossy and thicks slightly, 1-3 minutes. Watch it because you don't want it to cook too long!
- Immediately before serving, add the Kani poppers to the honey sauce and toss to combine. Transfer to serving plate and sprinkle with chopped scallions and sesame seeds. Enjoy!