spicy shrimp cakes and cilantro sauce
What I loved about eating out in Sydney was finding strong Asian influences on virtually every menu I came across. So, I was excited to see these influences reflected again in Bill’s Sydney Food, my Sydney souvenir.
Admittedly, I was really nervous making this recipe. Fish sauce is one of those ingredients that I find has such a strong smell that when I add it to foods I think “oh boy, am I really going to eat this?!”. But it works its magic, adds a depth of flavor you couldn’t really get anywhere else and ultimately is what brings this dish together. The consistency reminded me almost of a spongy shu-mai from dim sum and the spicy cilantro dipping sauce rocked my world. The one thing I might change is paring back on the fish sauce in the dipping sauce (maybe even cut in half?). It’s a potent flavor and I felt dominated the sauce a tad too much.
This makes a great appetizer and is a super easy finger food. Enjoy it on a sunny patio with an icy beer (or lemonade).
spicy prawn cakes with cilantro dipping sauce
from Bill’s Sydney Food
- 500g/1.5lb raw shrimp, peeled
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 green chili
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1/2 tsp tumeric
- 1/2 tsp white pepper
- 2 tbsp chopped corinader, cilantro roots and leaves
- 3 spring onions, finely sliced
- white flour
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 large green chilies, seeded and roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp palm sugar (I used agave nectar)
- 4 tbsp lime juice
- 3 tsp fish sauce
- 1 cup chopped coriander
- Blend all dipping sauce ingredients with 3 tbsp water until combined.
- To make shrimp cakes, place shrimp, fish sauce, chili, garlic, turmeric, pepper and coriander in a food processor and process to a paste.
- Fold in the spring onions.
- Shape shrimp mixture into little balls, about 3cm and 1 1/4 inch in diameter and roll in flour to coat lightly.
- Heat oil in a deep frying pan until hot.
- Add prawn balls and shallow fry until golden about 5-6 minutes).
- Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
- Serve with dipping sauce.