Cucur Udang Geragau (Dried Krill Fritters) Download Image
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Cucur Udang Geragau, or Dried Krill Fritters, is a savory and delectable Malaysian snack or appetizer that offers a delightful combination of crispy and chewy textures and a burst of umami flavor. These fritters are a beloved street food in Malaysia, often found at local markets and food stalls.

The star ingredient of Cucur Udang Geragau is the dried krill, also known as geragau. These tiny, shrimp-like crustaceans are soaked in water to rehydrate them before being incorporated into the fritter batter. The krill, once rehydrated, provide a wonderful briny and seafood essence to the dish, offering a unique and slightly salty undertone.

The batter used for these fritters is typically made with a mixture of rice flour and a bit of all-purpose flour, lending the fritters a delightful chewy texture while also achieving a satisfying crispness when deep-fried. The batter is seasoned with a blend of aromatic spices, such as turmeric, cumin, and fennel seeds, which infuse the fritters with a warm and earthy flavor.

To enhance the overall taste and texture, fresh ingredients like sliced shallots, spring onions, and occasionally chopped chilies are added to the batter. These ingredients provide a pleasant contrast to the krill’s umami and the crunchy exterior.

The fritter batter is then spooned into hot oil, where it sizzles and crisps up to golden perfection. The result is a plate of Cucur Udang Geragau with a beautiful blend of textures – a crispy exterior that gives way to a slightly chewy and flavorful center, and a delicious harmony of savory spices and the rich, sea-infused taste of rehydrated krill.

Cucur Udang Geragau is often served with a tangy and spicy dipping sauce or accompanied by a side of refreshing cucumber salad to balance the flavors and provide a cooling contrast to the fritters’ warm and savory profile.

These fritters are a delightful snack or appetizer, perfect for sharing with friends and family, and an excellent way to experience the unique and delicious flavors of Malaysian street food culture.



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