In Surabaya, this meal is known as Ote-ote (which means “naked” in English) – don’t ask my why, while in other towns, they called it Bakwan Udang Sayur. I don’t know where originally this meal comes from. But in my hometown, it’s a popular snack and easy to find. I can buy it in some food stall selling different kind of snacks. Here, as usual … I have to make it by myself. Fortunately it’s easy to make and doesn’t really take so much time.
Cooking time: 30 minutes
– 100 g bean sprouts
– 2 carrots, thinly sliced and blanched
– 1 celery leaf, chopped
– 1 stalk spring onion, chopped
– 50 g small prawn, cleaned and washed
– 100 g plain flour
– 50 g rice flour
– 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
– 1 small egg
– 150 – 200 ml water
– 2 shallots
– 2 cloves of garlic
– 1 teaspoon pepper powder
– 1/2 block seasoning mixture (1/2 sachet Royco/Knorr)
1. Grind or blend the spice paste.
2. Mix all the ingredients. Then add water to mix them well. If the mixture is too watery, add more flour.
3. Heat the oil in deep wok. Take a small deep ladle and heat it up into the hot oil. When it’s hot enough, take it out and put 2 tablespoons of mixture and add prawn on the top. Bring it to fry. After sometime, take out the mixture from the ladle and continue fry until it turns brown.