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Whenever I visit Thailand, my all-time favourite travel destination, or visit any Thai restaurant, the first thing I’ll always crave for and order is the Thai Fish Cake, also known as Tod Mun Pla or ทอดมันปลา. It is a delicious typical street food found commonly in on the streets in Thailand, you will see vendors making it on the spot and frying it right in front of you. It is also commonly sold as a side dish in casual and high-end restaurants. The Thai fish cake is amazing addictive, and I can easily finish 4-5 pieces of it in one-go.

thai fish cake

The Thai Fish cake is usually served with a sweet chili sauce that you can easily buy from grocery stores or supermarkets. I love making it myself as I can control the amount of sugar that goes into it. I am feeding a family who’s very health-conscious and picky about food that contains too much sugar. You will commonly find the dipping sauce comes with cucumber slices, ground peanuts and shallots.

These classic fish cakes are made of really simple ingredients, namely red curry paste, fish meat, kaffir lime leaves, long beans (I used French beans in this recipe instead), Thai basil leaves (optional), and seasoning (optional, you will notice I didn’t add any additional seasoning as the curry paste is quite heavy on the flavour).

ingredients

Prepare the red curry paste in advance

Red curry paste can be made in advance and keep in the fridge or freezer. This is such a versatile paste and so easy to make, I usually make a batch and use it to make dishes such as curry chicken, laksa or even stir fry with noodles.

The ingredients in the recipe below yield about 400g of curry paste, you can store the paste in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month or freezer for up to 3 months.

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Thai Fish Cake (Tod Mun Pla ทอดมันปลา)

Thai Fish Cake (Tod Mun Pla ทอดมันปลา) is a delicious typical street food found commonly in Thailand as well as in restaurants. Now you can make it with a few simple ingredients.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course dinner, lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine thai
Servings 6 persons
Calories 185 kcal

Ingredients
  

Thai Fish Cake

  • 400 g white snapper fish bones removed
  • 3 tbsp red curry paste
  • 5-6 kaffir lime leaves washed
  • 5-6 French beans washed
  • 1 egg
  • Cooking oil

Red Curry Paste

  • 20-25 dry chilli soaked and cut into small pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic peel and cut into small pieces
  • 6 shallots peel and cut into small pieces
  • 3 fresh coriander roots washed
  • 1 inch galangal peel and cut into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp shrimp paste
  • 3-4 kaffir lime leaves stem removed
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • 2 stalks lemongrass ends removed and bruised
  • Salt season to taste

Instructions
 

Make the Red Curry Paste

  • Add all ingredients into the blender and blend at high speed. Once paste is consistently blended and quite smooth, the paste is ready.
    Optional to add salt as seasoning.
    For detailed steps, you may check out this recipe.
    20-25 dry chilli, 6 cloves garlic, 6 shallots, 3 fresh coriander roots, 1 inch galangal, 1 tbsp shrimp paste, 3-4 kaffir lime leaves, 1/2 tsp cumin powder, 1/2 tsp coriander powder, 2 stalks lemongrass
    curry paste ready

Make the Thai Fish Cake

  • Separate egg yolk from egg white and set aside.
    1 egg
    separate egg
  • Wash 5-6 French beans, trim off both ends, and chop french beans into 2mm pieces.
    5-6 French beans
    french beans
  • Wash 5-6 kaffir lime leaves. Remove the stem in the middle. Stack the leaves and roll them up, slice the leaves thinly.
    5-6 kaffir lime leaves
    cut kaffir lime leaves
  • Use a metal spoon to scrape 400g white snapper meat away from the skin. Carefully remove any remaining bones.
    Note: to add some springiness to the meat, lift up the meat and slam it back to the plate a few times.
    400 g white snapper fish
    scrape fish
  • Place the fish meat into a food processor. Add 1 egg yolk.
    add yolk
  • Add 3 tbsp red curry paste. Start blending at high speed until well-mixed.
    Optional: add fish sauce as seasoning. For this recipe, I omitted it as the curry paste is already quite heavy in flavour.
    3 tbsp red curry paste
    add curry paste
  • Scoop out the fish mixture into a bowl and add the kaffir lime leaves and French beans, and mix well.
    add greens
  • Wet your fingers and shape each scoop of fish cake paste into a 8-10mm thick patty.
    Note: using wet fingers will make the handling of the fish cake paste easier as it does not stick as much.
    shape the fish cake
  • Heat cooking oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Place the fish cake patties into the pan and fry a few minutes on each side until the fish cakes turn golden brown. Flip 2-3 times to ensure even cooking.
    Cooking oil
    fry fish cake
  • Serve warm with sweet chilli sauce.
    thai fish cake

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Keyword curry paste, fish, fish cake, street food

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