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How to make Ukoy (Shrimp fritters)

Remembering my childhood includes variants of foods that my Nanay () used to make us for merienda (snacks). Every mid afternoon was when she will go to the kitchen and make anything out of scratch. I remember her cooking us Ukoy, a family favorite. Recreating this dish from my Mom's recipe is hard, but I will try my best so I won't upset her. The secret here is also the vinegar dip, it should be sour, sweet, peppery, onion taste and refreshing. If you have a market that offers the complete ingredients, then it should not be a problem. For some people, finding all the necessary ingredients are hard, especially if you are in other country. Like for example, the main ingredient shrimp (the smallest the better) is not available all the time. Some people use pumpkin while others use sweet potato. Honestly, it doesn't matter, because both are good and healthy. So let's start cooking can we? I am super excited with this dish, and I hope you can make this as well.

1 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 cups julienne sweet potato
2 cups julienne squash
1/4 cup chopped kinchay
1/2 cup chopped  malunggay (you can omit this, i just love this healthy leafy veggie)
1 cup togue
salt and pepper to taste (depends on your preference)
1/2 cup water
1 cup shrimp
cooking oil in a deep fryer

For the sauce:
1 cup vinegar
 1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tsp soy sauce
salt and pepper
1/4 cup grated cucumber
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
 chilies (optional)

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, water, salt and pepper until well blended. It should look like pancake batter but slight watery. Then put all remaining ingredients, make sure everything is covered with batter. Using a scoop or medium size spoon, get some of the mixture and drop it in the fryer and cook until golden brown. Make sure to drain oil for health purposes. I never really give measurement for salt and pepper because it should be your call on how much to use.
This mixture can make for about 10-15 pieces It varies, depending on your size preference, the smaller, the "manyer"! For the sauce, just mix everything together, that's how easy it is. Hope you like my recipe. ENJOY!


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