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Indonesian Shrimp And Vegetable Fritters Recipe (Bakwan Sayur Udang)

Updated on March 10, 2012
Bakwan sayur udang - Indonesian shrimp and vegetable fritters
Bakwan sayur udang - Indonesian shrimp and vegetable fritters | Source

Talking about street snacks, bakwan is one of the most popular street food in Indonesia. Also known as bakwan goreng, bakwan sayur or bakwan sayur udang, this food is categorized as Indonesian "gorengan" (fritters).

It made of flour and various vegetables such as cabbage, carrot, bean sprouts, spring onions. If the shrimp is added into the ingredients then it is called bakwan udang (bakwan udang sayur). Vegetarian version is called bakwan. It comes in irregular or round shape. It's crunchy and loaded with fiber goodness.

Here is how to make Indonesian shrimp and vegetable fritters. Serve it hot as snack or finger foods, even some folks love to enjoy it with warm steamed rice.

Shrimp and Vegetable Fritters (Bakwan Sayur Udang)
Shrimp and Vegetable Fritters (Bakwan Sayur Udang) | Source

What You Need

Serves 8


1/2 cup flour

1/4 cup rice flour

1 egg, lighly beaten

1 cup water

12 medium size shrimp, coarsely chopped

2 spring onions, chopped

1 cup shredded carrot

3 cabbage leaves, thinly sliced

oil for deep frying

Spice paste:

3 cloves garlic

3 small shallot (Asian shallot)

1/4 tsp pepper

2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp sugar

How to Fix

  • Use mortar and pestle or food processor to grind the spice (garlic, shallot, salt, sugar and pepper).
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the spice paste, flour, rice flour and water. Stir to mix. Then add carrot, cabbage, spring onions, shrimp and egg. stir gently to create a smooth batter.
  • Heat a wok over high heat. When hot, pour in the cooking oil.
  • Take a spoonful of the batter and gently drop it into the hot oil. Deep fry the fritter until both sides are golden brown.
  • Remove from the oil and drain. Serve hot with fresh chilies or hot chili sauce.


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      Katerina 3 years ago

      We ate bakwan goreng every other evening together with pisang goreng (fried banana) as a dessert for 3 weeks in Indonesia. It is cheap and delicious. We are meeting with the group og travellers this weekend and I plan to cook it as a surprise. Hope I´ll manage :-))

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      Ade 4 years ago

      I have tried many recipes, yours so far is the best. This picture is well taken.

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      jojokaya 5 years ago from USA

      NotSoPerfect: You are welcome. It's easy to fix..

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      NotSoPerfect 5 years ago from United States

      Looks tasty! I wish I had tried this when I was on vacation in Batam. Thanks for sharing this recipe; it looks delicious! Voting up and interesting.