RECIPE: Taiwanese-style Seafood ‘Pancake’Course: Main course
This delicious snack or quick mid-week supper is inspired by my love of the oyster omelettes that you get in the street food stalls found in the night markets in Taiwan. It involves making a thin, egg crêpe-like pancake. The trick is to stir-fry the seafood first and then pour in the potato and cornflour batter and cook it like a thin eggy crêpe. Serve it with a spicy sweet concoction of hoisin, oyster and sriracha sauces – so umami and full of yum! If you’re vegan, you can use an assortment of sliced fresh shiitake, shimeji and enoki mushrooms instead of the seafood.
40g potato flour
2 spring onions, finely diced
1 red chilli, deseeded and finely diced
2 tablespoons rapeseed oil
100g fresh mixed seafood (squid rings, mussels and tiger prawns)
75g pak choy, each leaf sliced down the stalk into 5mm strips
sliced spring onions, to garnish
For the sweet hot sauce
• 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
• 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
• 2 teaspoons sriracha chilli sauce
Combine all the ingredients for the sweet hot sauce and set aside. Mix the potato flour and cornflour in 80ml cold water, then add the diced spring onions and chilli.
Heat a wok over a medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of the rapeseed oil and give the oil a swirl. Add half the mixed seafood and fry for a few seconds, then add half the spring onion and chilli mixture. Lightly beat one of the eggs and add to the wok with half the pak choy.
Cook for 2–3 minutes until the potato starch has turned a translucent colour. Spoon out onto a serving plate and cover with foil to keep it warm. Make the second ‘pancake’ in the same way, using the remaining ingredients.
To serve, drizzle with the sweet hot sauce and garnish with some sliced spring onions.