Prawn Toast (Banh Mi Chien Voi Tom)

Ingredients:

185 g Raw shrimps, peeled, deveined and finely chopped
125 g Lean pork, finely minced
1 tsp         Palm sugar
1           Shallot, finely chopped
2 cloves   Garlic, crushed and finely chopped
1 Tbsp Vietnamese Fish sauce
1/2 tsp Ginger, finely chopped
1         large egg
8 slices Bread
2 tsps Sesame seeds
3 cups Vegetable oil, for deep frying
1 sprig Basil leaves, for garnishing

Method :

Mix together the shrimps, pork, sugar, shallot, garlic, fish sauce, ginger and egg.
Spread the mixture on the bread.
Press some sesame seeds onto each piece.
Heat the oil in a large wok and slide the bread into it, 2 pieces at a time, spread side up.
Deep fry for about 5 minutes, until golden.
Turn each slice over and fry for 30 seconds, then remove from the wok and drain on kitchen paper.
Cut each piece of bread into halves or quarters.
Garnish with basil sprigs and serve with nuoc cham dipping sauce.
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