Fried Oyster Pancakes

Fried Oyster Pancakes
Serves 4

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When I buy oysters, often people ask me how I prepare them and I tell them of this amazing tasty easy Thai dish. It is one of my favorite dishes to serve for friends as an appetizer or drink food. Everything can be prepared ahead of time, and I cook the pancakes just before before serving.

I like to make them small silver dollar size for appetizers.

2 lbs. fresh small oysters openened and removed from shell
4 Tbs flour
1-1/2 Tbs cornstarch
1/2 cup water
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
2 green onions, finely sliced
1-2 cloves garlic minced
1 Tbs Cilantro leaves chopped
1-2 Thai chiles minced-optional to your taste
1 large handful trimmed beansprouts-optional
1 Tbs peanut or vegetable oil

Cilantro chopped
Fresh trimed bean sprouts

Clean the oysters in cold water, carefully open using towel to protect hands from knife. OR alternate method: Place the oysters in a steamer with 1 cup of water. Steam them for about 5-8 minutes or until the oysters have opened.

Remove the oysters from the steamer and allow them to cool. Then remove the meat from each shell, slice if any are extra large. Make sure not to get any shell pieces with the oyster meats to be used.

Mix the flour, cornstarch, water, eggs, salt, and black pepper. This will be the consistency of pancake batter. Carefully fold in the mussels, cilantro, and green onions.

Heat a non-stick skillet until hot, add the oil and swirl. Pour half the mixture into the heated skillet and swirl the mixture to evenly coat the skillet bottom. Cook on medium heat until the bottom of the pancake is golden for about 2-3 minutes. Don’t overcook. Gently slide the pancake onto a plate, then place the skillet over the plate and flip the pancake back into the pan to continue cooking on the other side for 1 minute.

Slide the pancake onto a serving plate. Garnish with cilantro.

Serve with "Sriracha" sauce. "Sriracha" is a Thai hot sauce that comes in a squeeze plastic bottle and can be found in Asian markets. Also Nam Pla Phrik (fish Sauce with sliced Chiles) is a good condiment.

Variation : You can also make this with small shrimps, clams, squid or mussels if desired.

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