Thai Crab Cakes

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Devour this savoury Thai pancakes filled with crab meat, prawns and chicken, dipped in a sweet plum sauce. Perfection on a plate!

Let's start cooking!

Chop prawns and chicken on the chopping board

Step 1 - Chop the prawns and chicken

  • Finely chop prawns and chicken thigh together. Add finely sliced spring onions and chop until well incorporated. Set it aside.
Grinded paste

Step 2 - Grind coriander roots, garlic, peppercorns and salt

  • Using a mortar and pestle, grind coriander roots, garlic, white peppercorns and ½ tsp salt into the paste.
  • Set aside.
Mix grounded paste, prawn and chicken paste together in a bowl

Step 3 - Make meat paste

  • In a bowl, mix together the grounded paste, ½ tsp light soy sauce and 2 tsp cornstarch.
  • Then add to the prawn and chicken paste.
  • Mix until well combined.
Add shredded crab meat to prawn and chicken paste in a bowl

Step 4 - Make crab meat paste

  • Toss in shredded crab meat to paste and gently mix well.
Spread crab cake paste onto a piece of spring roll pastry and cover with another piece

Step 5 - Make the crab cake patty

  • Divide the mixture into two parts, spread a thin layer of the crab cake paste evenly onto a piece of spring roll pastry.

    You can use a spoon or a spatula to assist you in spreading a thin layer of crab cake paste over the spring roll pastry.
  • Garnish coriander leaves on top and cover with another piece of spring roll pastry.

  • Repeat the same process with another one.

Fry crab cake patty in a pan

Step 6 - Heat up oil for frying

  • In a pan on high heat, heat up ½ cup vegetable oil.
  • When oil is hot enough (about 160°C), fry the pancakes one at a time, for 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  • Drain excess oil on paper towel-lined plate.
    Best eaten with a refreshing Thai papaya salad to cut through oiliness of this dish.

Plate and Serve!

Thai crab pancake on a plate with sweet plum sauce

Serve with dipping sauce. Cut the pancakes into wedges or rectangles and serve hot with sweet plum sauce on the side.

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