FuDog fried cauliflower with sticky chilli sauce and tomato powder

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Serves 6

2 heads cauliflower
1 carton buttermilk

Flour mix

150g rice flour
120g tapioca flour
150g potato starch
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
2 litres neutral oil for deep frying

Sticky sauce

250g minced ginger
200g minced garlic
100g finely diced spring onion (white part only)
100g fresh chilli minced (seeds included if you like it hot)
3 Tbsp neutral oil
400g castor sugar
300ml water
600g glucose syrup

500ml gluten free soy sauce

350ml rice wine vinegar
Tomato powder (optional)
3 tomatoes finely sliced


For sticky sauce

Sautee ginger, garlic, spring onions and chilli in oil until translucent.

Add the sugar, glucose, water and soy sauce and bring to a simmer. Simmer for approximately 10 minutes.

Take off heat and add in the rice vinegar. This will make more than enough sticky sauce, but it will keep in a jar in the fridge for up to a month.

For the cauliflower

Cut cauliflower into walnut-size florets and marinate in buttermilk for 2-6 hours.

Mix all the ingredients for the flour mix together.

Shake excess buttermilk off florets and toss in flour mix, ensuring it is totally covered in flour. Do this in small batches

Heat oil in a deep pot until it reaches 180degC.

Gently add cauliflower into pot in small batches, do not overcrowd the pot.

Cook until golden brown — about 4 minutes.

Place in a large bowl and toss with 4 tablespoons of sticky sauce, put in a serving dish and dust with 1 teaspoon tomato powder (optional). Serve with aioli.

Tomato powder

Dehydrate for 12 hours at 55degC (or until completely dry), grind in a spice grinder until it’s a fine powder. Store in a dry airtight jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


• Recipe provided by Wanaka's FuDog head chef John Menzies. Recipe requested by Carole Wadsworth.

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