These mini shrimp cakes are dipped in tempura flour and breadcrumbs, then fried until they are crispy, fluffy, and golden brown. The addition of pork fat helps the inside of the cakes to stay moist and not dry out during the cooking process, and they are actually very simple to make, the only special equipment you will need is a food processor.
This recipe made about 8 small cakes, which would be enough for 2 for an appetiser, so adjust the ingredients based on how many you want to make.
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50g pork fat 150g shrimp 150g bread crumbs
- tempura flour 100g
- soy sauce 1/4 tbsp
- oyster sauce 1/4 tbsp 1/4 teaspoon sugar 1 egg 1/4 tbsp coriander stalks 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
Special Cooking Equipment Used
Step 1: Add 150g of chopped and peeled fresh shrimp and 50g of finely chopped pork fat to a food processor, and blend everything into a thick paste. Make sure you blend until there are no lumps, you want the mixture as smooth as you can get it.
Step 2: Now place the paste into a mixing bowl along with 1/4 tbsp of soy sauce, 1/4 tbsp of oyster sauce, 1/4 tbsp of coriander stalks, 1/4 teaspoon of ground pepper, 1/4 teaspoon of sugar, and 1 tbsp of tempura flour, and mix everything together thoroughly. Leave the mixture to marinate for about 1 hour.
Step 3: After 1 hour, shape the mixture into small cakes using your hands. Then roll the cake in tempura flour, so that the cake is evenly covered. Then beat 1 egg, and coat the cake in egg. Finally coat the cake in breadcrumbs until it is evenly covered, and repeat until all of the shrimp mixture is used up.
Step 4: Now heat some cooking oil, and once hot, lower the heat to medium, and deep fry the cakes until they are golden brown. We only needed to fry them for 5 minutes but the time will depend on how big your cakes are. Don’t use too high a heat though, as you don’t want the breadcrumbs to burn. Once the cakes are cooked, set them aside on some paper towel to absorb any excess oil, then serve with some sliced cucumber and plum sauce!
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