Thai street vendor food can be quiet inexpensive, not to mention absolutely delicious! But what is their secret to these sidewalk dishes? Follow along with this cooking how to video as a Thai food vendor shows you how to make a fried mussel pancake. It can be made with oysters, squid, or any seafood of your choice. Fried mussel pancake is also known as "Hoi Tod" in Thailand. Follow closely and you'll be cooking like a professional street food vendor in no time.
Ingredients for mussel pancake:
3/4 cup mussels (or oyster, squid, or other seafood of your choice)
1 cup fresh bean sprouts (more if you prefer)
1/2 cup fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic
8 tablespoons tapioca flour
1/2 cup soda water (or 7-Up for a nice twist)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
vegetable oil for cooking
Mix tapioca flour with salt, pepper and soda water. Keep this mixture in the freezer while you prepare the mussels. Wash mussels and set them to dry. Beat the eggs, chop the parsley, wash bean sprouts, and then slice spring onion.
In a nice flat frying pan heat vegetable oil at high heat. Ladle about 1/3 of the flour mixture into the oil, and spread it out. Sprinkle mussels on the flour and sprinkle with parsley and spring onion. Follow with egg. Using a spatula, mix the flour and eggs over and over a few times. When the flour has bright color, move to another side of the wok to make it crispy.
Fry the garlic until aromatic, add bean sprouts and soy sauce. Serve together with hot dipping sauce, usually sriracha, and if you prefer something else try nam prik kiga, or nam prik narok.