Spicy Fried Fish Cake (Tod man pla)

Spicy fried fish cakes, "Tod Man Pla"

Tod man pla is one of the most famous Thai dishes but seems to be rarely offered on the menus. We're happy to show you how to make it, step-by-step, withgreat results. Get a good fresh piece of fish to ensure success.

Ingredients for fish cakes
  • 1 lb fresh white fish, prefer cod or halibut
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup finely sliced Chinese longbean, or stringbeans
  • 6 fresh kaffir lime leaves, finely sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 3 cups vegetable oil for frying
Ingredients for cucumber relish
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar1 cucumber, coarsely chopped
  • 3 shallots, finely sliced
  • 1-2 fresh Thai chile pepper, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon roasted peanuts crushed in a mortar and pestle
Method for fish cakes
  • Cut the fish into small pieces, then grind it up in a food processor or pound it in a mortar and pestle until it's a paste. 
  • Transfer to a large mixing bowl, and add the rest of the ingredients (except the oil). 
  • For spicier taste, add a bit more red curry paste. 
  • Using your hands, knead the mixture until sticky enough to form it into a disc about 2 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick. 
  • Heat oil in a wok or frying pan at med/highheat. 
  • Add fishcakes and fry until golden brown on both sides. 
  • Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. 
  • Serve warm with steamed jasmine rice, and a dish of cucumber relish which is to be spoonedover the fish cakes at the table.
Method for cucumber relish
  • Cook vinegar and sugar in small saucepan over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Let cool. In a small servingbowl put cucumbers, shallots and Thai chile. Pour vinegar mixture over that, then top with roasted peanuts.