Ukoy: Filipino Shrimp and Vegetable Fritters
What Are Ukoy?
Ukoy are Filipino shrimp and vegetable fritters. A typical Filipino comfort food, this dish is served in nearly every household and restaurant in the Philippines.
In order to make ukoy, shrimp and shredded vegetables are mixed in a batter and then deep-fried. The dish is traditionally served with vinegar as a dipping sauce, but it also goes well with other sauces, such as sweet and sour, sweet chili, or even sriracha sauce. Give it a try and add your own twist to it!
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon white pepper, ground
- 1 cup shrimp
- 1 cup mung bean sprouts
- Combine all of the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Slowly add the liquids to the mixture and stir until smooth.
- Stir in the vegetables and shrimp.
- Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
- Place 3 tablespoons of the ukoy mixture into the frying pan and fry for 3 minutes on each side, until brown and crispy.
- Transfer the fritters from the frying pan to a metal rack to drain the excess oil.
- Serve with your favorite sauce.
- Replace mung bean sprouts with julienned carrots or sweet potatoes.
- Add color with 1 teaspoon of ground annatto seeds.
- Add chopped onions to the mixture.
- Use fish sauce instead of salt.
- Omit the shrimp, if you prefer.