Bánh Khọt (Miniature Crispy Shrimp Rice Cake)

Ingredients

Batter

3 cups Rice, rinsed, soaked overnight

6 cups Water

2 teaspoons Salt

2 Egg, beaten 

2 tablespoons  fresh Lime or Lemon Juice

1 tablespoon Sugar

1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder

1 1/2-2 cups broken Bean Sprouts

1/2 cup finely cut Green Onion


Substitute for Fresh Batter

1 bag Bánh Khọt Flour or

3 cups Rice Flour

3 cups Water

1 teaspoon Salt

1 Egg, beaten 

1 tablespoon fresh Lime or Lemon Juice

1/2 tablespoon Sugar

1/2 teaspoon Turmeric Powder

1 cup broken Bean Sprouts

1/4 cup finely cut Green Onion


Filling

2 lbs Shrimps, peeled, deveined

Octopus or Squid, optional

2 teaspoons Garlic Powder

1 teaspoon Black Powder

2 Sweet Onions, cut into small cubes

1 small carton Coconut Cream, optional

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Healthy Condiments

Fish Sauce Dip, click here for recipe

Lettuce Leaves or Mustard Greens

Daikon and Carrots Pickles, click here for recipe 

assorted Herbs

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Tool

a cast iron bánh khọt pan, available at most of the Asian supermarkets, about $14

OR

 a cast iron Ebelskiver pan, available at most of the kitchenware stores. 

OR

a cast iron takoyaki pan, available at Japanese stores.

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Directions


Preparing Batter

Method 1: making batter from rice

As for rice, I used Homai California Calrose rice. I just happened to have this brand of rice in my pantry but you may try any type of rice you prefer. 

After the rice has been soaked overnight, rinse it one last time. Drain the rice. In a Vitamix blender or a high-powered blender, add rice with water. Let your Vitamix blender run at maximum speed of 10 on high for about 30 seconds or until blended. You want to blend the rice as smoothly and finely as possible. Strain it with a strainer to remove bubbles. Let it sit for at least an hour or overnight to allow the batter to absorb the liquid and the air bubbles to settle before cooking.

In a mixing bowl, combine all the batter ingredients except bean sprouts and green onion. Mix well until batter is smooth. Add bean sprouts and green onion. Set aside.


Method 2: making batter from dried rice flour

In a mixing bowl, combine  dried rice flour  and all the ingredients except bean sprouts and green onion. Mix well until batter is smooth. Add bean sprouts and green onion. Set aside.

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Preparing Shrimps and Octopus

I like to use large shrimps to prevent dry-out during cooking. Cut shrimps into 1/2 inch size.  Slice the octopus, if used.

I bought cooked octopus at Otto's Market, a local Japanese store. This octopus is cooked in a Japanese style with mirin, sake and soy sauce. Hence, it has a nice bite with a slight sweet and salty taste, and significantly less chewy. 

In a large bowl combine shrimps, octopus, garlic powder, and black pepper.  Toss well.  Set aside. 

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Preparing Onion

Cut onion into small cubes.  Set aside.

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Frying Bánh Khọt

Place the  iron pan on stove over medium heat. When the pan is hot, brush oil then add about half a teaspoon of onion in each mini cup.  Stir the batter well.  Fill each mini cup to full.  Take a small spoon to scoop out the batter in the center of the mini cup, then add shrimps, octopus, and a half teaspoon of coconut cream (if  you prefer the rich and creamy texture).

Cover the pan up with a lid for about a minute.  Remove the lid. When cake is crispy on the outside, cooked the inside for a bit longer and it releases easily from the pan, use a spoon to scoop bánh khọt out.

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Presentation

Atlas, take a leaf of lettuce or mustard green; throw on some herbs; place a bánh khọt on it and top off with some freshly daikon and carrot pickles. Now,  roll everything together. Then dip it in the savory tangy fish sauce and take a nice bite. Yum!

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Eat well.  Stay hungry!

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