Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tuesday’s Cupful: Background on Shrimp Patties

Possibly a shrimp doughnut
Yes, Guampedia lists these as bunelos uhang, which literally translates into “shrimp fritters” or “shrimp doughnuts.” We call them “Chamorro shrimp patties.” Food historians believe that a basic and simple recipe for American-style fritters was introduced by military personnel in Guam during the early 20th Century. In fact, the Guam Recorder published household recipes during the 1920s. Chamorro fritters can be sweet or savory. This particular batter technique has also become popular for making bunelos aga(or banana doughnuts) and bunelos daugu (or Chamorro yam doughnuts. Recipes may vary, but the most recipes call for a combination of flour, eggs, and milk. Chamorros and Guamanians often find shrimp patties on all fiesta tables or fandangos in Guam. Meanwhile, some recipes call for pieces of fish instead of shrimp.

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