Ukoy na Togue made with beans sprouts, carrots, and shrimp. These vegetable and shrimp fritters are a crispy, tasty, and filling snack or appetizer.
Since I cook a wide variety of dishes to maintain the blog with a steady stream of fresh content, it's seldom I revisit recipes I've already posted. Ukoy are my favorite for late-afternoon merienda, but I haven't had the chance to make them again since posting the recipe in December 2013!
When one of our KP readers commented on how delicious my ukoy recipe turned out (thank you!) and how her co-workers enjoyed the batch she brought to work, a mad craving was awoken! I couldn't wait to get my hands on these delicious shrimp and vegetable fritters and enjoy each crispy patty with copious amounts of sinamak!
Unfortunately, I didn't have all the ingredients, namely green papaya and calabasa, to make it happen. Fortunately, I had in the fridge a full bag of bean sprouts and a couple of carrots, which are also commonly used and are as equally wonderful in ukoy.
Thank you for simple blessings! The ukoy na togue turned out as crispy and tasty as I anticipated!
- As they will cook congruently with bean sprouts which have short cook time, cut the carrots into uniform size and slice as thinly as possible.
- The annatto powder is mainly for aesthetic purposes; use more or less to achieve the desired color.
- Add fish sauce for umami flavor. You can also stir in shrimp bouillon in the batter and adjust seasoning to taste.
- For crispy texture, use enough oil to cover the patties at least halfway. Do not overcrowd the pan; cook in batches as needed.
- The optimal temperature of 350 to 375 F is crucial in frying! Too high and the ukoy will burn before sufficiently cooked through, too low and they will absorb more grease.
- Use a large spoon or a small saucer to evenly portion the batter and to easily slide into the hot oil.
- To keep from falling apart, fry the fritters undisturbed for about 2 to 3 minutes until browned on the bottom and then flip with the spatula to continue to cook until browned and crispy.
- Drain on a wire rack set and not on paper towels lest the steam will make them soggy.
How to serve
- Serve as midday snack or appetizer with spicy vinegar for dipping.
- These shrimp and vegetable fritters are best enjoyed freshly cooked as they tend to lose crispness over time.
- If not eating immediately, place in a single layer on a baking sheet and keep warm and crispy in a 200 F oven until ready to serve.
Ukoy na Togue
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup cornstarch
- ½ cup flour
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon annatto powder
- 1 pound mung bean sprouts
- 2 large carrots, peeled and julienned
- 4 shallots, peeled and sliced thinly
- canola oil
- ½ pound medium shrimps, tendrils trimmed
- In a large bowl, combine egg, cornstarch, flour, water, fish sauce, salt, and pepper. Whisk together until well-blended and smooth.
- Add annatto powder and stir until dispersed and batter is lightly colored.
- Add bean sprouts, carrots, and shallots and gently stir to combine.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, heat about 2 inches deep of oil.
- On a large spoon, place about 2 to 3 tablespoons of the ukoy mixture and press 1 to 2 shrimps on top.
- Gently slide mixture into the hot oil and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crisp.
- With a slotted spoon, remove from heat and drain on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Serve immediately with spicy vinegar dip.