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Vietnamese Cha Tom/Hue Shrimp Patties Recipe

Vietnamese Cha Tom (Shrimp Patties) - shrimp, garlic, sugar, egg whites, rice powder, pepper.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Vietnamese
Keyword Cha Tom
Servings 4 people
Calories 192 kcal


  • 1 pound raw shrimp in shell, smaller shrimp preferred
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon rock sugar, pounded to a powder or 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 egg whites, beaten until frothy
  • 1 tablespoon rice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lard or cooking oil


  1. Shell and devein the shrimp and rinse.

  2. Dry the shrimp thoroughly with paper towels, blotting many times until dry.

  3. Put the garlic, shrimp, rock sugar powder, rice powder, ground black pepper, lard into a food processor and blend well. Transfer the shrimp paste into a bowl.

  4. Beat the egg white with an electronic hand beater until frothy.

  5. Combine the shrimp paste with beaten egg white and blend well with hand.

  6. Divide the shrimp paste into 3 equal portions.

  7. On a flat surface, roll out 24 inches of clear plastic wrap and fold it into half.

  8. Put one portion of the shrimp paste at one end of the plastic wrap and roll them into a sausage as pictured above. Tie both ends with string.

  9. Bring a pot of water to boil and then boil the three shrimp sausage rolls for 5 minutes. Dish up and let cool.

  10. Remove the plastic wrap and cut the shrimp sausage into small pieces as pictured above.

  11. Pan-seared both sides of the shrimp patties until they turn light brown.

  12. Serve with toothpick and garnish with chopped scallion.

Recipe Notes

I learned step 8 above from Iron Chef America! This recipe makes a killer appetizer or hors d'oeuvres.

Nutrition Facts
Vietnamese Cha Tom/Hue Shrimp Patties Recipe
Amount Per Serving (4 people)
Calories 192 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Cholesterol 285mg95%
Sodium 906mg39%
Potassium 127mg4%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin C 5.6mg7%
Calcium 170mg17%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.