Tod Mun Pla, or Fish Cakes, are a popular Thai appetizer made with ground fish, spices, and herbs. Here is a recipe you can follow to make them at home:
- 1 lb white fish fillets (such as tilapia or cod)
- 2 tablespoons of red curry paste
- 2 tablespoons of coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon of fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 small white onion, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 tablespoons of finely chopped green onions
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup of breadcrumbs
- Vegetable oil for frying
- In a food processor, pulse the fish fillets until they are finely ground. Transfer the ground fish to a large bowl.
- Add the curry paste, coconut milk, fish sauce, sugar, oil, garlic, onion, cilantro, green onions, and egg to the bowl with the ground fish. Mix everything together until well combined.
- Shape the fish mixture into small patties, about 1/2 inch thick. Coat each patty in breadcrumbs.
- Heat about 1/2 inch of vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Carefully add the fish cakes to the pan and fry them for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown and crispy.
- Remove the fish cakes from the pan and drain them on a paper towel.
- Serve the Tod Mun Pla hot, with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce on the side.