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Mussel pancake (hoy tot), the recipe

by Pierre To
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Mussel pancakes: the recipe

The mussel pancake or mussel omelette is a delicious and crispy dish that is mainly found in markets or Thai food stalls during festivals.

Thai name : หอยทอด

This is a recipe that originated in China and is normally made with oysters, but in Thailand you will find these pancakes prepared with mussels.

It's not a diet dish, sometimes it's a bit fatty, but it's so good!

This pancake can be made with mussels or oysters, or both.

You can find frozen oysters and mussels in most Asian shops.

Thai people like to eat these mussel pancakes with hot sauce, but you can also serve it with a herb sauce for fish or a homemade mayonnaise.

The video recipe is slightly different but describes all the steps involved in the preparation.

Mussel pancakes: the recipe
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Mussel pancake: the recipe

A festive dish, a recipe for a delicious crispy mussel pancake with bean sprouts, coriander leaves and hot sauce.
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Main course
Cuisine: Thai: whole country
Keyword: Pancake, Oyster Pancake, Thai Cooking, Oyster, Mussel, Mussel Omelette
Servings: 2


Ingredients for the mussel pancakes

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 200-250 g shucked mussels or oysters
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 2 pods chopped garlic
  • 200 g of soya bean sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon of fish sauce
  • white pepper
  • Sriracha hot sauce
  • some sheets of coriander to garnish


Preparation for the mussel pancake

  • Combine the flours, yeast, salt and water. Use a whisk to make sure there are no lumps.
  • Divide the mussels into 2 small bowls and add half the batter to each bowl. Stir gently to cover the oysters.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil to your pan and heat
  • Pour the paste/oyster mixture from one of the bowls into the pan.
  • Immediately break an egg and, using a spatula in each hand, mix it a little and spread it on the pan.
  • Leave to cook for about a minute until the edges become crispy
  • Flip the pancake to cook the other side.
  • When finished, slide the pancake onto a plate.
  • Put the pan back on the heat and add a tablespoon of oil. Let it heat up for a few seconds.
  • Add half the garlic, half the bean sprouts and half the onions.
  • Add the fish sauce and a pinch of white pepper.
  • Sauté for one minute or less.
  • Slide all this onto the top of the pancake pieces.
  • Garnish with coriander.
  • Now repeat the steps for the second bowl



Ideally, you would need a large pan to cook this, so that you can cook several portions simultaneously.
Few of us have the luxury of owning one, so a frying pan will do.
However, this limits you to preparing one game at a time.
It is important that the batter is fairly thin, as the pancake will not become crispy otherwise.
It is quite easy to mix the batter and egg in the pan to make sure they are mixed, but not homogeneous, then separating the pancake into 3 or 4 pieces.

See also :

10 delicious Thai dishes not to be missed, what to eat in Thailand

Recognise Thai dishes so that you can order them in restaurants

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