Ukoy or Shrimp Fritters is a popular Filipino street food. There are different types of fillers for this deep fried fritter but the common ingredient is shrimp; unless you want to make it vegan and just have veggies.
Ukoy can be made using grated squash, sweet potatoes, yucca, green papaya, carrots or just bean sprouts, my personal favorite.
Ukoy as I mentioned is a popular street food which can be eaten on the run, but it can be served as a side dish or as I do the main course with rice and a vinegar dipping sauce.
I’ve been trying to make Ukoy the way my Lola, grandma, used to make. Hers always had the perfect texture and the right crunch. She made it with fresh tofu, bean sprouts, and medium sized shrimp. Talk about yummy!
After many fails, I mean trials, I finally figured out where I’ve been going wrong. It was my batter! For reasons I can’t explain I’ve been using egg in my batter, possibly because egg is something that I put in all my batters. But that batter is always thicker and heavier. And the end result was more like a fluffy pancake, not crunchy at all.
Well the simplest solution was no egg batter! Don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner! Once I omitted the egg my Ukoy turned out perfect. Literally just like Lola’s Ukoy was!
Last month during my visit to my daughter and her family in Georgia there was an epic snowstorm in the East Coast. My grandson, Devon, requested I make him some “Sinigang”. I was surprised that he even knew what it was, but it seems that one of their friends makes it. Of course I said yes, after all that’s what Nanas do, cook for the grandkids! This Shrimp Sour Soup is the perfect comfort food for cold rainy (or snowy) days!
This was one of my favorite childhood dishes and I was happy to find out that my grandchildren love it too. Like many Filipino dishes this soup is very easy to prepare. Traditionally my grandmothers used tamarind (sampaloc) or the small Filipino limes called “Calamansi” to make the soup sour. These days it’s so much easier, you can buy the powdered soup base at most Asian markets or even order it on Amazon! (Affiliate Link)
This dish is typically eaten with steamed white rice with a side of “Patis“, Filipino fish sauce also available at Asian markets and on Amazon. It can be made with fish, shrimp, or meat with assorted vegetables like spinach, radish, eggplant, tomatoes, onions, or string beans. This time I made it with shrimp, spinach, radish, tomatoes, onions, and jalapeno pepper. I like to add the pepper to give it a bit of spice, we all love spicy things in our family.
In most Filipino households this shrimp soup is made with whole shrimps, meaning shrimps with shells and heads on. I’m not a big fan of shrimp heads so I use shrimps with shells on. You can also use prawns if you have any handy.
One of my favorite Chinese seafood dishes is Salted Pepper Shrimp, we used to order it every time we dined at a Chinese restaurant. Since I found a recipe for it we can enjoy it at home. I modified it to fit our tastes and I think made it a bit simpler to make. Served over steamed white rice it’s yummy!
1 lb. Medium to Large shrimp – peeled and deveined
1 tbls. sea salt
1/2 cup corn starch
2 tbls. ground white pepper
2 tbls. ground black pepper
1 tbls. garlic powder
3 tbls. chopped green onions
2 tbls. minced garlic
1/4 + cup peanut oil
Place shrimp in a small bowl and cover with warm water
Add sea salt and let soak for 30 minutes to 1 hour
In a shallow bowl mix together corn starch, 1 tbls. each of white and black peppers, and garlic powder
Drain shrimp and lightly pat dry with a paper towel
Heat peanut oil in wok or large frying pan on medium heat until hot
Coat each shrimp in cornstarch mixture and place in wok
Cook until shrimp turns pink – turn halfway for even cooking – you may need to add more peanut oil if it gets too dry
Place cooked shrimp on paper towel to drain – Do not turn stove off
If pan is dry add a tbls. more peanut oil – add mince garlic and stir until it starts turning golden
Add fried shrimp back into pan
Add chopped green onions and stir til green onions turn bright green and starts to soften
This is truly the primary instruction that I made of Shrimp with Black-Eyed Peas up and it created Pine Tree State pretty darn happy. I’m not curious about any diet that creates Pine Tree State eat things that don’t style smart. Thus i used to be alleviated after I Sat all the way down to eat and that I may honestly say that I actually enjoyed the meal. It created Pine Tree State feel optimistic concerning my ability to stay with this set up of ingestion whereas keeping Pine Tree State feeling healthy and happy.
What I really like concerning the style of this dish is that the juxtaposition of the flavoring and also the cinnamon, the sweet purple onion and also the hot pepper, and also the dry couscous and also the creamy black-eyed peas. Each flavor is in balance and if you’re careful to not cook the shrimp their soft sweetness compliments everything else.
I served Shrimp with Black-Eyed Peas it with couscous so as to spherical out the meal. I’m thinking of adding okra or inexperienced beans next time to feature in some additional veggies. However that will solely create it higher as a result of its superb to start with. I even created additional the last time I created it in order that I may have leftovers to eat. Dinner tomorrow is going to be nearly as good because it was last night!
1 tablespoon olive oil 1/4 tsp chili powder 1/8 tsp cinnamon 20 large shrimp 1 small red onion, peeled and diced (I used a regular yellow onion b/c it was all I had on hand) 1 long hot green pepper, seeded, ribs removed, and diced 1 garlic clove, minced 1/3 cup broth 1 tbsp honey 5 tbsp fresh lime juice 1 can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1. In a bowl mix the oil, chili powder, and cinnamon. Add in the shrimp and toss to coat. 2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for 1-4 hours. 3. When you are ready to cook place the oil, onion, and pepper In a large skillet over medium heat and cook until softened. 4. Whisk together the honey, broth, and lime juice in a small bowl. 5. Add the black-eyed peas into the pan and add in the whisked liquid. 6. When the liquid has boiled off and reduced spread the peas to the outside rim of the pan and add the shrimp to the center of the pan. 7. After 2-3 minutes (or when the bottoms of the shrimp have turned pink) flip the shrimp. It will cook faster on the second side so after 1-2 minutes stir everything together and it will be ready to serve. 8. Serve with couscous which, if made without oil, will add 88 calories and 1 gram of fat to the meal.
This is a simple recipe, the only caveat being that you need to deep-fry the shrimp. But it’s not really an ordeal. Frying shrimp takes five minutes, tops, even for ones that are quite large. This recipe is one Cantonese version of deep-fried shrimp: once the shrimp are fried, you toss them with minced garlic, green onions, and red chili pepper flakes, all of which you have browned with a bit of oil. The garlic and inexperienced onions hold tight the just-fried shrimp. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and no matter alternative spices you prefer. The seasonings can stick practically to the shells, that square measure coated during a very little egg and asylum or flour, however no matter doesn’t hold tight the shrimp are fun to grab from the platter.
If you want to continue in a Chinese vein, you can add things like five-spice powder or ground Sichuan peppercorn. Or, you can sprinkle on Old Bay and smoked paprika.It is finger-licking good. When the shells are perfectly thin crisp and the innards are ripe for the eating, the balance between the two is pretty wonderful and yummyChinese-Style Deep-Fried Salty Shrimp!!
3 cups peanut, canola, or vegetable oil 3 large cloves minced garlic (about 3 tablespoons) 2 scallions, thinly sliced 1 teaspoon dried red chili pepper flakes (optional) 12 to 16 whole jumbo shell-on, head-on shrimp, about 1 pound 1/2 egg, beaten 1/4 cup cornstarch Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon five spice powder, Old Bay, smoked paprika, Sichuan peppercorns, or a combination (optional, as desired)
1. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a wok over medium heat until shimmering. Add the garlic, scallions and let brown, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the chili pepper flakes if using and stir until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Transfer oil and aromatics to a large metal bowl. Wipe wok clean with paper towel.
2. Add remaining oil to wok and heat to 375°F over medium heat. Meanwhile, combine egg and cornstarch in a medium bowl. Add shrimp and toss to coat. When the oil is ready, add half of the shrimp, dropping them into the oil one at a time. Cook, agitating and flipping shrimp frequently until crisp and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes total. Transfer shrimp to a paper towel-lined plate and repeat with remaining batch.
3. Add drained fried shrimp to bowl with browned aromatics. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and optional additional seasonings. Serve immediately.