[**Authentic**] Vietnamese banh tom recipe – Sweet potato shrimp fritters
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Beside green rice flake cake (Bánh cốm) and Pho, Sweet potato shrimp fritters (Bánh Tôm) shrimp cakes are considered as one of the dishes showing the characteristic of Hanoi people’s essence of cuisine that any international tourist should try. Not only that, Sweet potato shrimp fritters has been introduced in CNN’s “Destination”. With a delicious taste, shrimp cakes bring you a wonderful and unforgettable experience.

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In the 70-80s, sweet potato shrimp fritters stores appeared on Thanh Nien Street, near Truc Bach Lake, and it was loved by many visitors. Through many generations, West Lake Sweet Potato Shrimp Fritters (Banh Tom Ho Tay) is still the most famous dish of Hanoi cuisine because of its delicious taste that no dishes can compare to it.

West Lake Sweet Potato Shrimp Fritters is made by the culinary elite of the ancient Ha Noi people. West Lake Sweet Potato Shrimp Fritters which have the shrimps chosen from fresh water in West Lake. Because shrimps caught in West Lake are usually lean meat, have sweetness and shrimps’ shell becomes red when fried. Shrimps after being washed will be mixed with plain flour to deep fry.  In the frying process, the chef must pay attention to the crust’s cakes when it turns golden and crispy, then taking them and draining.

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West Lake Sweet Potato Shrimp Fritters are often served with fish sauce mixing spices of chili, garlic, sugar, green papaya … along with lettuce, making Hanoi’s famous dish become more stunning. In particular, the West Lake Sweet Potato Shrimp Fritters must be eaten when it is still hot because at that time the crust can be crispy and the shrimp are fragrant.

To enjoy shrimp cakes you can visit some famous addresses in Hanoi: West Lake Sweet Potato Shrimp Fritters restaurant (No. 1 Thanh Nien street), Hoa Nha restaurant in Phu Tay Ho …

If you want to try making Sweet Potato Shrimp Fritters, it is not too complicated for you to cook and you can explore the following Banh Tom recipe.

 Ingredients for Banh tom recipe

  • 200 gr fresh shrimp
  • 200gr plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon of rice flour
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of MSG
  • 1 teaspoon of cooking oil
  • 1 chicken or duck egg
  • A little green onion
  • 200ml warm water
  • 500ml cooking oil (to fry the cake)
  • Cake pan

Steps for making banh tom recipe

1. Preparing ingredients

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Washing green onion and chopping into small pieces. Washing shrimps, keeping their shrimps’ head and tails … then adding ½ teaspoon of salt & pepper and mixing well, marinating shrimp 30 minutes (to putting it into the cooling of the refrigerator)

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2. Preparing flour

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Mixing the mixture including plain flour, rice flour, baking powder, ½ teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of pepper, monosodium glutamate, sugar, eggs … then pour warm water and gently stirring to make the flour smooth, then adding green onion, resting for 30 minutes.

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3. Frying the Sweet Potato Shrimp Fritters

Pouring a lot of cooking oil into the pan and boiling it, then putting the cake pan to make it hot, then taking the mold to spread the dough and putting the shrimp on.

Put the dough mold into the frying pan with low heat, when the cake is slightly golden, it flakes itself off the pan, turning the cake over and frying until it is crispy  and taking it to put on the oil absorbing cooking paper.

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Results

Standard Sweet Potato Shrimp Fritters are golden, crispy, fragrant and tasty made from shrimps and eggs. You should enjoy it immediately while it is still hot. If you don’t eat immediately, you can quickly fry the first time. When eating, frying the cake the second time for keeping hot and crispy.

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