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Chinese Buffet Tempura Mushroom Help

My local Chinese buffet makes the most amazing tempura fried mushrooms. They are sprinkled with some kind of salty-spicy reddish brown powder. I originally thought it might have been a type of chili powder, but it really isn't overwhelmingly spicy.

I know its a long shot, but anyone have any idea what it could be?

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