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Crisp and Chewy Thai Fried Chive Cakes Recipe

Crisp and Chewy Thai Fried Chive Cakes  Recipe
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For the Dipping Sauce:

1/4 cup dark soy sauce

1/4 cup sweet soy sauce

1/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

For the Chive Cakes:

1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil, plus more for frying

1/2 pound Chinese chives, cut into 1/2-inch dice

2 teaspoons freshly minced garlic

2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

1 cup rice flour

1/4 cup glutinous rice flour

1/4 cup tapioca flour

1 cup water


In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a wok or Dutch oven until shimmering. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add chives and cook until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, season with 1 teaspoon salt, and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together rice flour, glutinous rice flour, tapioca flour, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Add water and whisk until smooth. Stir in chives and then transfer batter to a greased 8-inch round cake pan. Fill a large pot with 1 inch of water and bring to a boil. Rest cake pan in steamer insert or on rack above the water level. Cover and steam until chive cake is cooked all the way through, about 30 minutes. Let chive cake rest in pan until cool enough to handle. Flip cake out of pan and, using a knife, cut cake into 1-inch squares or triangles. Fill a wok or Dutch oven with 1-inch oil and heat to 375 degrees F over high heat. Working in batches, add chive cakes and fry until browned and crisped all over, flipping occasionally for even cooking. Transfer chive cakes to a paper-towel lined plate and season with additional salt to taste. Serve immediately with dipping sauce.