Hapa Hour: Five Spice Corn Fritters with Ginger Beer Shandy

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Hapa Hour: Five Spice Corn Fritters with Ginger Beer Shandy

Welcome to our new video series, Hapa Hour, a cocktail and food pairing cooking show for the urban foodie.

Hapa is a word that originated in Hawaii, as a term which indicated anyone of mixed Asian or Pacific Islander with Caucasian heritage. The word was imported to the mainland and is now used by anyone of mixed race.

The idea of mixing and pairing food and drink is at the heart of fine cuisine. Today we bring you that Hapa flavor in our new series of creative, unique (and easy to make) recipes and drink mixes for the foodie on the go. Enjoy!

For our first recipe:
Five Spice Corn Fritters with Thai Chili Dipping Sauce,

Paired with Ginger Beer Shandy
Dry ingredient
½ cup whole wheat flour
¼  cup all purpose flour
2 tblsp corn meal
1 tblsp baking powder (1 part baking soda to 2 parts cream of tartar)
¼ tsp five spice powder
Wet ingredients
½ cup frozen or fresh corn kernels
2 tblsp finely chopped scallion or other fresh herb
Add Sapporo beer til consistency of thick pancake batter or waffle batter
2 tblsp chopped cilantro
Thai chili dipping sauce (found in most Asian markets)
Mix dry then add wet and mix until incorporated.  Use a couple tablespoons of canola or peanut oil in a non-stick or cast iron pan.  Heat to almost smoking.  Spoon batter into pan careful not to overcrowd.  Reduce heat to medium and cook until brown (3 to 4 minutes).  Flip and repeat.  Drain on paper towels.  Serve hot or room temperature.  Garnish with the chopped cilantro or other fresh herb and serve with Thai chili dipping sauce.
Yields 6 to 8 fritters
Ginger Beer Shandy

Stir together one part ginger beer to one part Japanese beer (Sapporo) or other light pilsner.  Serve alone or over ice.  Garnish with citrus wedge.  ENJOY!!

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Comments [10]

mickey06's picture


I love this video for a number of reasons. Absolutely love it!

Diana Cage's picture

I love everything about this

I love everything about this video

Not2Taem's picture

Great for leftovers!

I tried your fritters with a little variation using leftovers from a barbecue: slightly roasted corn and well roasted garlic in place of the five spice, though I did send a friend on a run for the Sapporo. They were a big hit and next week we are going to try them the with the 5 spice and some of Pei Wei's sweet chilly dipping sauce, since one of the gals works there. I think we'll stick to the roasted corn, though. It gives us a nice reason to grill the night before.


minniesota's picture


Those fritters look good and easy to make. It was fun watching you make them!

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

Conlite's picture

Don't like beer, but those

Don't like beer, but those fritters look delicious!  Fun video!

Tex's picture

Hey, C-Lite! Hope all is well with you!

Do you like Ginger beer? I'll get some and try out this Shandy....we'll call it an elixir....gonna try mine with a twist of Ginger candy....or maybe a twist of lime over ice. Give me a couple of weeks to get to Whole Foods and get the Ginger beer I like the best and a better selection of beer

See my iPhone auto spell check has a crush on a Ginger. Hehehe

Twitter Time @kdhales

Conlite's picture

Things are fine thanks. 

Things are fine thanks.  Spring finally reached the north, so things are getting busier and I am supposed to leave for a month's vacation beginning of June, so I may not be around much then.

I was born with picky taste buds that don't like the taste of carbonation in any fizzy drinks and also don't like the taste of alcohol.  Since both are bad for me anyway, I never felt a need to try and learn to like them.  So a beer/ginger beer shandy is not going to be a hit with me, but I will happily drink juice with my fritters and be the designated driver!  Smile

Grace Moon's picture

as the videographer of this shoot

I have to say everything that kat and Marina made was DELICIOUS!

We are thinking of starting up a Vp super club...

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Tex's picture

Thai chili dipping sauce!

These spicy corn fritters with Thai dipping sauce with ginger beer and beer is a little bit of Texas and Thai!

It's been ages since I ate at my favorite Austin area Thai restaurant - Ka Prow. On my way back from getting my ginger beer and beer I'm gonna stop off - sit at the bar, eat some edamame,  sushi, sticky rice w/mango, and have a Thai coffee for dessert. I'll be thinking of ya!  

Nice perk with your job - getting to taste.....

Smile Let me know the dates of the supper club - I'll bring the wine.....

Twitter Time @kdhales

Tex's picture

Ginger Beer Shandy!

I have never thought to put ginger beer in beer! That has got to be good! I WILL try it. Looks like I have a reason for a trip to Austin to Whole Foods.

You two are adorable....looking forward to your Hapa installments.

Stay cool and watch those hands! Thanks....

Twitter Time @kdhales