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My Vietnamese shrimp recipe calls for corn starch Can I use flour instead ? Or something else ?

asked by katei over 5 years ago

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HalfPint
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added over 5 years ago

what are you making?

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Irwin
added over 5 years ago

vietnamese style shrimp cakes

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HalfPint
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added over 5 years ago

Flour should be fine then.

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bigpan
added over 5 years ago

I would consider arrowroot powder.

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ChefOno
added over 5 years ago


You have to be careful substituting flour for cornstarch: Flour has half the thickening power and tends to taste like what it is, raw flour. The best substitute depends on the temperature the dish will be cooked to and the other ingredients. Arrowroot or tapioca maybe…

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HalfPint
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added over 5 years ago

For Vietnamese fish cakes, I believe the cornstarch is there for texture, not thickening. That's why I think the flour should be ok. It might not produce the same texture, but it should work to a certain extent. I figured that since katei does not have cornstarch, chances are he/she does not have the arrowroot or tapioca starch either.

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HalfPint
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added over 5 years ago

oops, that should be 'shrimp' not 'fish' cakes.

ChefOno
added over 5 years ago


I wasn't disagreeing with you HalfPint, only suggesting caution which I guess wasn’t necessary since apparently you were one step ahead of me. If you know anything about Vietnamese shrimp cakes you know more than I do.

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