Friday, August 21, 2009

BÁNH TÔM HÀ NỘI - Vietnamese Shrimp & Yam Fritters

Vietnamese shrimp and yam fritters dish is my hubby's favorite. They taste wonderful with carrot and daikon radish pickles. These scrumptious shrimp fritters taste even better if you wrap them with all the wonderful organic herbs.

Want a bite? :-)

This dish is consist of yam, shrimps, tumeric, and flour.

Dip the shrimp into the batter and deep fry until golden brown.

I just love the color of the finished product. Don't they look wonderful?

Fresh herbs.
You can dip them in lemony garlic fish sauce . Wow, I am drooling just by looking at them.

A closer look.


2 cups Tempura Mix ( I bought at the Korean grocery)

1 1/2 cup water

1/3 cup rice flour

1/4 tsp tumeric powder

2.5 lbs yam or taro (you can use half yam and half taro)

1.5 lbs shrimps (devein)Method:

Sweet Potatoes/Yam/Taro:
-Cut the sweet potatoes /yam/taro into long thin sticks.
-Put the shredded yam/taro into a bowl filled with cold water.
-Add 2 TBSP of salt. And let it sit for 30 minutes.
-After half hour, put all the shredded yam/taro into the salad spinner.
Note: The sweet potatoes have to be dry so they will be crispy when we fry them.

-Raw shrimps peeled and deveined (I like mine peeled. Others leave the shell on.)
-Add a little salt to the raw shrimps, and put aside.

Tempura mix:
-Add tempura mix with rice flour, turmeric powder and water.

-Heat oil in a large frying pan and when it is hot, put in 4 egg poaching rings. If you don’t have the ring, then use two spoons to scoop in the batter into the pan.
-Put several shredded yam into the tempura batter. Fill them about half full with sweet potato, pushing it down. Dip the raw shrimp into the batter and place a shrimp on top of the cake.
-After 1 ½ minutes, carefully remove the poaching rings, but don’t touch the sweet potato cakes at all. When they are cooked in 5 minutes, the bottoms will be golden brown ad crispy.
-Flip them over for another 2 minutes.
-Drain them on the paper towel.
-Serve with fresh herbs and dip with garlic lemony fish sauce.

Enjoy :-)

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