Try these wonderful quick and easy to prepare Fish Cakes made with fresh cod, green beans, red curry paste, cilantro and Kaffir lime leaves. They are a popular appetiser in Thailand and usually served with an ice cold Thai beer or your own special brand. These cakes go well with a cucumber relish made with ginger root and pickled garlic.
12 Ounces of fresh salmon or cod fish (cut into chunks)
2 Ounces green beans (finely sliced)
3 Kaffir lime leaves (finely chopped or sliced)
2 Tablespoons red curry paste
2 Tablespoons *Nam Pla (fish paste)
1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro or coriander (chopped)
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 Teaspoon sugar
Vegetable oil for frying
1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves or Chinese mustard cress
*Nam Pla is a fish sauce made from salted anchovies which are placed into wooden barrels for fermentation to occur. The sauce itself does not actually impart a fishy flavour, but it does accentuate the taste of food.
1 English Cucumber or 2 small Thai cucumbers (cut into matchsticks)
1 Head pickled garlic
4 Shallots (finely sliced)
1/4 Cup sugar
4 Tablespoons coconut or rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon fresh ginger root
1) Bring the coconut or rice vinegar and sugar to a boil in a small pan with 4 tablespoons of water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved then remove from heat source and allow to cool.
2) Separate the picked garlic into cloves then chop them finely along with the ginger. Place into a bowl and add the cucumber and shallots. Pour the vinegar mixture over and mix lightly.
1) Place the salmon or cod fish chunks together with the red curry paste and egg into a food processor and process into a smooth paste. Transfer mixture into a large bowl, then add green beans, finely chopped or sliced kaffir lime leaves, fresh cilantro, cornstarch, Nam pla fish paste and sugar. Stir and mix well. Shape into 12 half inch thick cakes approximately 2 inches in diameter.
2) Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or deep frying pan and fry a few at a time for 4 to 5 minutes until cooked to an evenly golden brown colour.
3) Remove cakes with a slotted spoon or wire basket and allow to drain on some paper towels. Place each batch on a warm serving platter while you fry consecutive batches.
4) Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves or Chinese mustard cress.
Thai Style Fried Banana is a popular snack sold at street stalls and floating markets throughout Thailand. Though they are easy to prepare, make sure you don't use bananas that are overripe. Fried bananas are excellent as a dessert and can be enjoyed either hot or cold.
Thai Spring Rolls are not only great as a snack, they are easy to make and can be made with your favourite vegetables, including tofu, with baby shrimp or if you prefer, chicken breast. And all this complemented with a peanut or sweet chilli sauce.
Thai Chicken Stir Fry with lots of crunchy veggies, cashew nuts and then topped with fresh basil is quick and simple to make. Couple this with your favourite rice and you'll have a tasty dish fit for a king or queen. Make it once and you'll be hooked over and over again.
Thai Chicken Soup with coconut milk and chillies is not only extremely easy to prepare but once accomplished you are complemented with a distinctive flavour that's simply Thai. The perfect balance of spicy, sweet and sour, that's sure to warm up any winter night.
Tom Yam Kung is arguably the most famous of all Thai soup recipes and has pretty much put this hot and spicy dish on the world map. It's easy to prepare with your favourite chicken or shrimp. Not only does it taste great, it's good to eat too.
Thai Barbeued Chicken marinated in your favourite sweet and sour sauce with added garlic and then grilled to perfection is a great way to enjoy a festive meal with family and friends. Easy to prepare and a tasty dish everyone will surely love.
Thai Beef Salad can easily be prepared with thinly sliced grilled or boiled beef and a healthy helping of your favourite salad greens and then topped with a tasty Thai salad dressing. This salad can be served as a starter or as a main course.
Green Papaya Salad, also known as "som tam" is a popular salad enjoyed by many the world over. Add to the tarty papaya taste green beans, finely sliced carrots, diced tomatoes, peanuts and dried shrimp. Then top up with a nice tangy chilli lime dressing and enjoy.
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