This is a great lunch meal and midnight snack. Yes, midnight snack when you can step outside your house (in Thailand) and have the hoy tod made for you. The giant cast iron pan and sea food smell are the sure signs of hoy tod. If you are in Thailand, you must find a ‘hoy tod’ street stall.
Mussel Pancakes Recipe
Tips and Techniques
Everybody likes their mussel pancakes crispy. The key to this desired crispiness is oil. And lots of it! Lots of oil and thin batter will get you there.
Cast iron pan works best, non-stick and even heating.
If you can get the cooked mussels, that would be the easiest way. But be careful to work quickly, overcooked mussels can be really tough. If you are getting fresh mussels, removing fresh mussels from shell by dumping the mussels in boiling water. Let the water boil for a minute or until the shells are open. The draw back from this is that sometimes your mussels shrink to nothing. Often, I use fresh oysters that come in a jar. If you choose mussels, pull the beard (little clump of hair) out. It doesn't taste good and can cause stomach problem.
Cut cilantro into small pieces, 1 cm. Save some whole leaves for a garnish.
Mix the flours, water and baking powder and a dash of salt. The mixture should be very thin for maximum crispiness. Heat a flat bottom pan, I use my Griswold skillet, to medium to high heat. Add about 3 tablespoons of oil to the hot pan. Spoon the batter in the oil. Sprinkle mussels on top. You might have to add oil here and there. Flip the pieces. If you have enough room on your pan, add the rest of the batter and mussels. Push the cooked batter aside, add an egg and scramble it or mix it with the rest of the mussels. The final result should be light brown with some crispy pieces. Remove the pancakes from the pan and put onto two plates.
Use the same pan with high heat to quickly cook the bean sprouts. If the pan is quite oily, there is no need to add oil otherwise add a teaspoon of oil. Drop in the bean sprouts. Stir quickly. Add a pinch of salt and remove the sprouts from the pan. Quickly stir fried bean sprout will retain their crispiness and taste better than soggy bean sprouts. Set the bean sprouts next to the mussels on the plates.