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Make kaki furai, deepfried oysters, for a quick treat

Kaki furai (deep-fried oysters).
Kaki furai (deep-fried oysters).PHOTO: HEDY KHOO

SINGAPORE (THE NEW PAPER) - For a quick snack, rustle up kaki furai, which is Japanese for deep-fried oysters. The oysters are coated with Japanese breadcrumbs, also known as panko, which are deliciously flaky and addictive.

Here's a tip I picked up from a Japanese housewife: When deep-frying, use a metal-mesh oil skimmer to remove loose bits of panko from the hot oil.

This prevents unsightly bits of burnt panko from dirtying the oil or sticking to your food.

Don't miss out on mixing your own tartar sauce. All you need is mayonnaise and a couple more ingredients to lend an extra zing.

Prepare the tartar sauce two or three hours ahead so that it has time to sit and thicken in the fridge. It tastes even better overnight, but I won't suggest you keep it longer than that.

The amount of ingredients given in the recipe will produce more tartar sauce than needed for 12 fried oysters.

You can halve the ingredients, or a more obvious solution is to fry a dozen more oysters.

Kaki furai (deep-fried oysters)


Tartar sauce
150g Japanese mayonnaise
40g chopped capers
½ red onion, finely chopped
Juice of two lemon wedges, remove seeds
1 hardboiled egg, chopped
Dash of smoked paprika
Dash of dried dill
¼ tsp salt

Fried oysters
12 frozen shucked oysters, defrosted
¼ tsp salt
Dash of pepper
40g cornflour
1 egg, beaten
40g panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
300ml oil for deep-frying


Prepare the tartar sauce

1. Place mayonnaise in a bowl, mix in chopped capers, onion, lemon juice, hardboiled egg, smoked paprika, dried dill and salt. (below)


2. Mix well. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Prepare the fried oysters

1. Rinse oysters and place in sieve to drain off excess water.

2. Pat dry with paper towels.

3. Season oysters with salt and pepper.

4. Dredge each oyster in cornflour. Repeat if oysters still look moist (below). 


5. In a wok or deep-frying pan, heat 150ml of oil. Keep oil on medium-low heat.

6. Lightly dip each flour-covered oyster in egg and coat with panko.

7. Gently place panko-coated oysters in the hot oil. Cook two or three at a time, for about 1½ to 2 minutes each.

8. Once the oysters turn a light golden brown, remove and place on kitchen paper to drain off excess oil.

9. Serve with tartar sauce on the side.

Yields four servings.