Monday, 1 October 2007

Thai Fish Cakes


I used Rick Stein recipe without any tweaking, the fish cakes were delicious, disappeared within minutes. I did not serve it with the sauce describe below, but with some sweet and sour sauce (as I was running out of time!)

Ingredients
450g/1lb ling or coley fillets, skinned and cut into chunks
1 tbsp Thai fish sauce
1 tbsp red curry paste
1 kaffir lime leaf or 1 strip or lime zest, shredded very finely
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander (leaves and stalks)
1 egg
1 tsp palm sugar or muscovado sugar, I used gur / jaggery
½ tsp salt
40g/1½oz French beans, sliced thinly into rounds
150ml/5fl oz groundnut or sunflower oil

For the sweet and sour cucumber sauce:
50ml/2fl oz white wine vinegar
100g/4oz caster sugar
1½tbsp water
2 tsp Thai fish sauce
50g/2oz cucumber, diced very finely
25g/1oz carrot, diced very finely
25g/1oz onion, chopped very finely
2 red bird's eye chillies, sliced thinly

Method
1. For the sauce, gently heat the vinegar, sugar and water in a small pan until the sugar has dissolved.
2. Bring to the boil for 1 minute, then remove from the heat and leave to cool
3. Stir in the fish sauce, cucumber, carrot, onion and chillies. Pour into four small dipping saucers or ramekins and set aside.
4. For the fish cakes, put the fish in a food processor with the fish sauce, curry paste, kaffir lime leaf or lime zest, chopped coriander, egg, sugar and salt. Process until smooth, then stir in the sliced green beans.
5. Divide the mixture into 16 pieces. Roll each one into a ball and then flatten into a 6cm/2½in disc.
6. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the fish cakes in batches for 1 minute on each side, until golden brown. Lift out and drain on kitchen paper, then serve with the sweet and sour cucumber sauce.

I doubled the recipe for my party.

8 comments:

Kelly Mahoney said...

Sounds like a great party recipe.

musical said...

Hey Saju, the fish cakes look really tempting even to a non-fish eater like me! Cucumber sauce sounds delicious, i'll make it without the fish sauce :).

meeso said...

What a great recipe, very involved....something I might try on a weekend :D Looks and sounds amazing!

Sirisha Kilambi said...

saju......The fish looks great dear :-)

Asha said...

YUM!!! So delicious and Thai flavor too.I am coming over!!:D

Cynthia said...

These are soooooo good, Saju. I've tried making them before too.

ramya said...

they r tempting for me. but I don't eat fish. My hubby does so i will this for him. thank u for the recipe.

bindiya said...

Lovely blog Saju!, all your thai stuff I am going to try, especially these fish cakes.

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