This plateful of okoys I saw by the road made me drool. I love okoy.
Shrimp fritters. Okoy in our dialect.
My aunt, may she rest in peace, makes the best okoys in the whole wide world. Shrimps mixed in shredded wintermelon or cassava, flour, eggs and seasoning and fried perfectly crispy. Yes, they’re oily but – the hey – dipped in vinegar with chilli, it’s finger-licking good!
This Khmer-version of okoy is a staple street-food – and cheap, too – is mixed with flour and eggs only but still very tasty. I also love the salt-pepper-lime-combo dipping. They’re best eaten while hot and only with fingers! Now I am craving for some. I want to reach that pair of thong on the yellow plastic basket and get me some shrimp fritters.
I was browsing Khmer Author Chanbo Keo’s Facebook page and came across this mouth-watering snack food. I remember, when I was still working in the early to mid-2000s, my officemates would go in every room in the office to collect money to buy our afternoon snack. We always have delicious snack every day and the choices varied from day to day.
But this is what I love the most – deep-fried shrimps with crunchy cucumber and sweet-sour Khmer sauce.
A yummy afternoon snack for office-dwellers like us.
This yummy snack is sometimes served with Khmer mint leaves but most of the time it is served with cucumber. Aside from the sweet-and-sour sauce, there is also a lime-pepper-and-salt dipping which I prefer over the former. It is an oily snack, but I tell yah, it’s finger-lickin’ gooooooood!
Now I can help but crave for some… This savoury snack never fails to get my appetite going.