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Honey-Soy-Glazed Vegetables with Crispy Mushrooms

Photo: Con Poulos
Total time 40 mins
Yield 4 servings
David Chang created this dish as a play on Korean sweet-and-sour pork—but without the deep-fried meat and cloying sauce. Instead, he tosses turnips and radishes with a mix of honey and soy sauce and serves them with sautéed shiitake mushrooms that have an ingenious, crispy rice-cracker coating.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 pound medium turnips, cut into 3/4-inch wedges
  • 1 pound medium radishes, quartered
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 pound Swiss chard, stems discarded and leaves coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Salt
  • 6 large shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and caps quartered
  • 1/2 pound Asian rice crackers, pulverized

How to Make It

  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil until shimmering. Add the turnips and radishes and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until lightly browned and crisp-tender, 10 minutes. Add the honey and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the vegetables are glazed, 5 minutes. Add the soy sauce and cook until syrupy, 5 minutes longer. Add the lemon juice and the Swiss chard; cook until the chard is wilted, 2 minutes. Raise the heat to high and cook until all of the liquid has evaporated, 2 minutes longer; keep warm.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the molasses with the water and season with salt. Add the shiitake and toss to coat. Drain the mushrooms, squeezing out most of the excess liquid. In a separate bowl, toss the mushrooms with the rice cracker crumbs, pressing to help the crumbs adhere.

  3. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 1/4 cup of oil until shimmering. Add the coated mushrooms and cook over high heat, turning once, until golden and crisp, 5 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Top the vegetables with the mushrooms and serve immediately.