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  Added: May 23, 2006  •  Visited (931)  •  Print version Print this recipe (44)  •  eMail recipe eMail recipe  •  Write review  •  Not rated Rate this recipe
 
Deep - Fried Shrimp, Sweet Potato And Squash Cakes
(Ukoy)
What You Need:
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 10 medium-sized raw shrimp in their shells (about 21 to 25 to the pound)
  • 1 teaspoon annatto seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • A large sweet potato (about ½ pound), peeled and coarsely grated
  • A medium-sized acorn squash (about ¾ pound), peeled, halved, seeded and coarsely grated
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped green scallion tops
  • Garlic sauce

  • How To Cook:
    1. Combine the water, shrimp, annatto and salt in a heavy 1- to 1½ -quart saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 3 minutes, or until the shrimp are firm and pink. With a slotted spoon transfer the shrimp to paper towels to drain and strain the cooking liquid through a fine sieve into a bowl.

    2. Measure the liquid, add enough fresh water to make 1¼ cups and set aside. (Traditional Philippine cooks prefer to leave the shrimp in their shells, but you may prefer to shell and devein them.)

    3. In a deep bowl, combine the flour and cornstarch. Pour in the shrimp cooking liquid and beat until the liquid is absorbed. Then add the grated sweet potato and squash and beat vigorously with a spoon until the mixture is well combined.

    4. Pour the oil into a heavy 10- to 12-inch skillet. The oil should be about ½ inch deep; if necessary add more. Heat the oil until it is very hot but not smoking.

    5. To make each cake, spoon about 1/3 cup of the vegetable mixture onto a saucer, sprinkle a teaspoon or two of the scallions on top and lightly press a shrimp into the center. Then holding the saucer close to the surface of the oil, slide the ukoy into it with the aid of a spoon.

    6. Fry the cakes, 3 or 4 at a time, for about 3 minutes, spooning the oil over each cake; then turn them carefully and fry them for another 3 minutes, regulating the heat so they color richly and evenly without burning. As each ukoy browns transfer it to paper towels to drain.

    7. While they are still hot, arrange the ukoy, shrimp side up, on a heated platter and moisten each cake with a little of the garlic sauce. Pour the remaining sauce into a bowl or sauceboat. Serve at once.

    To Make: about 10 cakes
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    Cuisine » Asia » Philippines
    Main Ingredient » Shellfish » Shrimps
    Main Ingredient » Vegetables » Squash
    Dish » Appetizers



     

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