Fish Cakes often referred to as Tod Mun Pla or Pla Tod Mun in Thailand, is one of the many Thai recipes that most people sought after.
Well known as a street snack food, you can find the aromatic smell coming from one of the many roadside stalls. These days however, you are more likely to find it at food courts in the shopping centers.Thai Food Lovers
Most Thais love to take this as afternoon snack.
It is most interesting to see the stall owners frying this snacks at the roadside and see how they float up to the top of the oil all puffed up and then returned to the normal size as soon as it is cooked.
The texture of the finish product determines whether you are successful in creating this Thai recipe - it should be bouncy and slightly chewy - not flaky.
Thai Fish Cakes Recipe (makes approx 40 pieces)
From The Thai Kitchen:
* Mixing Bowl
* Mortar and Pestle
* Wok or deep fryer
* 3 large Nannygai (also sold as Red Fish) - makes approx 1kg fillet
* 250 gm snake beans or green beans
* 8-10 kaffir lime leaves
* 4-5 tbs red curry paste
* 1 large egg
* 5 tsp fish sauce
* 2 tsp soy sauce
* 2 tsp sugar
* a pinch of white pepper
1. Slice fish fillets into small pieces
2. In a blender, blend the sliced fish fillets (a handful at a time) into a paste until finish.
3. Slice the beans finely
4. Roll up the kaffir lime leaves and slice as thinly as you can
5. In a large mixing bowl, mix the fish paste, snake beans, kaffir lime, the red curry paste and the seasoning ingredients
6. Wet fingers and massage the ingredients so that they are well mixed
7. Pound the mixture using mortar and pestle -- a handful at a time until finished (not more than a minute at a time)
8. Then give pounded ingredients a light massage. The mixture should feel sticky and bouncy to the touch
9. Roll mixture into golf ball size -- then flatten out slightly
10. Deep fry each piece in medium hot oil
11. Drain cooked Thai Fish Cakes on paper towel
12. Pla Tod Mun is best served with sweet chilli sauce
* Quality of fish will affect the result of the dish
* A slightly oily fish is preferred
* Measurement for seasoning ingredients are a guide only
* Before rolling the mixture, test fry a small amount and adjust taste if necessary before completing the whole process
Sweet Chilli Sauce to accompany Thai Fish Cakes:
Combine The Following:
* Quarter cup Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce
* Half diced lebanese cucumber
* 2 tbs crushed peanuts
* Coriander (as garnish)