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Vietnamese prawn cakes


A classic street-food dish in Vietnam, these tasty treats wrapped in lettuce and dipped in nuoc cham are perfect summer fare.

You'll need

75 gm (½ cup) plain flour 50 gm (1/3 cup) rice flour 2 spring onions, thinly sliced 2 tsp white sugar ½ tsp baking powder 300 gm uncooked small prawns, peeled and deveined, or uncooked large prawns, peeled, deveined and coarsely chopped 200 gm sweet potato, cut into julienne For deep-frying: vegetable oil To serve: green oak lettuce leaves and 1 cup each (loosely packed) coriander, mint and Thai basil, coarsely chopped   Nuoc cham 1 garlic clove 2 tsp white sugar 2 tbsp fish sauce 2 tsp lemon juice ½ long red chilli, finely chopped

Method

  • 01
  • Stir flours, spring onion, sugar, baking powder and ½ tsp each sea salt and freshly ground black pepper in a large bowl with 250ml water to combine. Set aside for 10 minutes, then fold through prawns and sweet potato.
  • 02
  • Preheat oil in a deep saucepan or deep-fryer to 180C. Spoon quarter-cupfuls of mixture into oil and deep-fry, turning occasionally, until golden (2 minutes; be careful as hot oil will spit). Drain on absorbent paper, set aside and keep warm.
  • 03
  • For nuoc cham, crush garlic and sugar in a mortar and pestle until a coarse paste forms, then stir in fish sauce, juice and 2 tbsp water. Add chilli and stir to combine.
  • 04
  • Serve prawn cakes warm, wrapped in lettuce leaves with herbs and with nuoc cham for dipping.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

Drink Suggestion

Cold lager.

Featured in

Dec 2011

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