This is a fairly simple recipe that I came up with for a Charity Cookery Class some years ago, using the same base as the Thai Sausages recipe. Can just as easily be made with any fish, my personal favourite is salmon. This Thai Prawn Cakes recipe is one of the most popular recipes with my students, perhaps for its simplicity or the fact that it’s a nice change from the more common Thai Fish Cakes, Tod Man Pla.
Makes a great starter or finger food and perfect as a side dish.
Ingredients (makes about a dozen)
100 g raw prawns, minced
50 g cooked Thai sticky rice
half – 1 tsp red Thai curry paste (more=spicy)
3 cloves garlic
1 inch/2 cm fresh galangal, sliced or half tsp paste
1 inch/2 cm ginger, sliced
2 stalks lemongrass, bottom half only, sliced
2 spring onions
3 lime leaves, middle vein removed
1tsp Thai fish sauce
vegetable oil for frying
1. Slice the green part of the spring onions thinly and keep aside. Chop the white bit up roughly.
2. Place all the ingredients apart from the prawns, rice and green spring onions into a chopper and chop finely. The fish sauce and paste will lend a little moisture to it. Add a little water if you feel it’s necessary.
3. Place the chopped spices into a large enough bowl.
4. Add the prawns, rice and spring onions and mix thoroughly, using your hands.
5. Heat the oil in a medium/large frying pan. About half an inch depth of oil should suffice to cook both sides.
6. If you’d like to taste the seasoning, drop a tiny amount into the oil when it’s hot, taste it and adjust seasoning if necessary. Dropping a tiny amount of the paste will also let you know if the oil is hot enough. If it rises up immediately, it’s ready. Another way is to put a wooden ladle or chopsticks in, if the oil sizzles around it, you’re good to go.
7. Using teaspoons, drop spoonfuls of the prawn paste into the oil, remembering not to overcrowd the pan as you don’t want to lower the temperature of the oil.
8. About a minute on each side ought to do. Drain on a plate lined with kitchen paper.
9. Serve it how you like, with a squeeze of lime or lemon juice, a dipping sauce, mayonnaise or as a side with rice and curry.
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