This is a savoury pancake. It is not the typical pancake drizzled with maple syrup. Although I love both of them, savoury or sweet. But I am in the savoury mood today and these shrimps are put into good use.
This pancake is fluffy and shrimpy within the ring of onion. The onion ring is pan-fried until the edge is slightly caramelised and it brings a bit of caramelised sweetness to the pancake. The shrimp definitely has added the seafood scent to the pancake. This pancake is addictive and I didn’t stop eating throughout the photoshoot. So by the end, I am left with an empty plate.
In Malaysia, there are stalls that sell fried shrimp fritters (we called it “cucur udang” in Malay language). It’s a deep fried fritters filled with shrimps, bean sprouts and chives and on top of that drizzled with homemade chilli sauce. I am not sure why some stalls decided to sell shrimp fritters as big as the palm of your hand but they only put 1 or maximum 2 tiny shrimps on the fritter. Man, shrimps are expensive is it?!
What I am making is a tiny bite-sized shrimp pancake. As I am making it, I realised that this can be served as appetizer because it looks good and it doesn’t take much effort to eat. Have you ever been to a party and they serve chicken wing? Chicken wing… I like to eat chicken wing but certainly not in a party. Imagine a woman dressed up nicely fighting with the wings, now how good the scene can be? Now I feel like eating chicken wings. Going to make chicken wings tomorrow.
Mini Savoury Pancake with Shrimp & Spring Onion (Makes 15-20)
- 60g of small shrimps, heads peeled
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- A pinch of salt & pepper
- 1 cup of flour
- 2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- A pinch of sugar
- ½ cup + ¼ cup of water
- 2 + 1 sprig of spring onions, slice thinly
- 1 medium onion, sliced to 5mm thickness
- ½ tablespoon of oil for frying pancake
- Heat up your pan/pot. Put in butter and when the butter is melted and sizzles, put in the garlic. Stir for a while (about 10 seconds). Put in the shrimps. Fry the shrimps until the shrimps turn orange colour. Set aside.
- Combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a bowl. In another bowl, crack the egg and whisk. Add in water.
- Pour the egg and water mixture into the flour mixture. Mix until combined and you no longer see lumps in the batter. Add in the melted butter from the stir-fried shrimps you got earlier. Add in the spring onion. Stir and mix well with the batter.
- Heat up your pan. Put in oil. Once the oil is well-heated, put the onion ring onto the pan. Place 1 or 2 shrimps within the ring and fill the ring with pancake batter.
- Fry on each side until it turns golden brown.
- Sprinkle with some sliced spring onions. You can eat it with chilli sauce or any sauce you see fit.
- If you have extra onion and batter, make yourself a huge onion pancake too!