Ukoy is the Filipino version of shrimp fritters. Small shrimps (usually with head and shell on) are mixed in a batter and fried until crispy. This is can be an appetizer, a main dish, or a mid afternoon snack. Several variations of this dish exists, the most common ingredients that are mixed with shrimps are mung bean sprouts (togue) and julienned squash. There are also other ukoy variations wherein small fishes such as dulong or dilis are used instead of shrimp.
1 Cup (16 tbs), cleaned
1 Cup (16 tbs)
1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
Mung bean sprouts
1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
Ground black pepper
1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)
2 Cup (32 tbs)
1. Combine cornstarch, flour, egg, water, salt, and ground black pepper then stir until diluted.
2. Add the shrimps and mung bean sprouts in the mixture and lightly stir to distribute.
3. Heat a frying pan or small cooking pot and pour-in the cooking oil.
4. When the oil is hot enough, scoop about 2 to 3 tablespoons of the mixture and quickly (but cautiously) drop it in hot oil.
5. Cook each side for 2 to 3 minutes or until the color turns golden brown. Please note that cooking time may vary. Repeat this step until the entire mixture is consumed.
6. Remove the deep-fried ukoy from the pan and place in a plate lined with paper towel to absorb the oil.
7. Remove the paper towel and serve with sinamak.
8. Share and enjoy!Please see video