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Ukoy, Okoy or Shrimp Fritters

Jan 08

There are many ways to cook ukoy. In Vigan, ukoy like the one above is prepared from a mixture of galapong (sticky rice with water), shrimps, onions, spring onions and salt to taste. One has to prepare galapong first but I prefer to use rice flour . (You can prepare galapong though)


1 cup small fresh shrimps
1 cup rice flour (or cornstarch if rice flour not available)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup green onions part julienned
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
oil for deep fat frying


1. Cut out the whiskers from the shrimp and sharp outer shells of the shrimp’s head. Wash thoroughly and set aside.

2. Place all the rice flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Add water to the dry ingredients and stir.

3. Place shrimps and green onions to the mixture.

4. Heat oil for frying in a the kawali. When heated, drop in the mixture 1 tablespoon at a time. If particles tend to separate while frying, just gather them together with a slotted spoon to form two inches of patties. just keep gathering the particles until the patties are fully formed.

5. Fry until golden brown. Drain in paper towels.

6. Serve with a bowl of vinegar, salt, pepper and crush garlic as dipping.

serves 5

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Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (390 Posts)

Noemi, Editor of Blog Watch and features editor of Philippine Online Chronicles is a 55 year old mother to three kids and is married to Atty. Luis H. Dado. She loves being a full time mother and homemaker after retiring as a Researcher/Consultant from the UP Institute for Small Scale Industries in 1987. Now that her children are all college graduates, she devotes her time to grief support, blogging, new media events and using her blogs to promote online advocacies. Her personal blog is at, which garnered numerous awards such as Best Website, Blog Category during the 9th and 10th Philippine Web Awards. Her blog also won in the Blog- Personal Category of the Web Awards 2007 and Globelines Broadband Family Blog Award (in honor of family-oriented blogging) 2007 Philippine Blog Award. Globe also recognized her as Digital Elder in the 2009 Philippine Blog Award.

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