Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Seafood)

Shrimps with Sesame Seeds on Toast Recipe

(Chao Tom Voi Me)

Ingredients : Serves 4-5

4 tablespoons

1/2 tablespoon

175 g

2 cloves

1/2 teaspoon



1/4 teaspoon each


White sesame seeds

Dried shrimps (optional)

Fresh shrimps, peeled and finely chopped

Garlic, crushed and chopped

Fresh root ginger, grated

Small onion, grated

Small egg, beaten

Salt and black pepper

Thin French stick

Cornflour for dusting

Vegetable oil for deep frying

Method :
  • Toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan until they begin to brown, shaking frequently to prevent them from burning.

  • If using dried shrimps, soak in warm water until soft. Drain thoroughly and squeeze out excess water. Chop them finely.

  • Combine the dried and fresh shrimps, garlic, ginger, grated onion, egg, salt and black pepper and knead together with your hands. The mixture should be stiff but not too stiff to spread. If it is too runny, dust with the cornflour.

  • Cut the French bread into 1 cm slices or cut the sliced of bread into triangles or shape using pastry cutters. Press the sesame seeds firmly into the shrimp mixture, using the back of a wooden spoon so that the shrimp mixture is also pressed firmly on to the bread. Refrigerate for 2 hours or longer if possible.

  • Heat enough oil to just deep fry the rounds, shrimp side down, for 1 minute. Using a fish slice, turn carefully and fry the other side for a further minute. Drain on absorbent kitchen paper and serve hot.

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