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Filipino Ukoy

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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.
Ingredients
  Shrimps 1 Cup (16 tbs), cleaned
  Cornstarch 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Flour 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Mung bean sprouts 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Ground black pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Egg 1
  Water 1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)
  Cooking oil 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Directions

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

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Asian
Course: 
Snack
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Deep Fried
Ingredient: 
Shrimp
Restriction: 
Low Sugar
Servings: 
4
Subtitle: 
Filipino Shrimp Fritters
This video is in Filipino.

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3 Comments

Annapet's picture
Thank you for posting this. Lately I've been using corn starch/flour combination, though more flour. Will definitely flip back the amounts to taste the difference!
Anonymous's picture
Hello, how do I make the ukoy crunchy? Kasi everytime I make it its kinda soggy.
umaima's picture
Hi, egg makes the fritters soft. To make crunchy and crips fritters omit the egg and use water to replace the liquid content of egg.