Saturday, February 20, 2010

Thai Food, Thod Man Pla Or Fried Fish Cakes.

Thawd Man Plaa, Deep Fried Thai Fish Cakes.
This is one of the few Thai food deep fried dishes that has become very popular. The interesting thing about Thawd Man Plaa or deep fried fish cakes is that, it is as much as a regular meal dish as a snack. These fried fish cakes are generally around 3 to 3.5 inches in diameter and quite thick, the fact that they are deep fried also makes them quite heavy to eat. Both Thais and foreigners love to eat them either with a simple dipping sauce or with crushed chillies, onion and garlic. You can see the small side dish in the above image, this is the crushed chillies and onion mixture. Slicked cucumber is served along with many other Thai food dishes too.
The firmness and texture of the Thai fried fish cake comes from rice flour or corn flour that is added to the ground (processed) fish. Many cooks who are not very familiar with cooking Thai food ask a simple but very relevant question. They would like to know whether corn flour or rice flour gives a better flavor in the Thod Man Plaa recipe. Our honest opinion is to go for rice flour but, if you find this hard to find then choose corn flour instead. When served in a restraunt, a plate of fried fish cakes has around 4 to 5 pieces. This is easily sufficient to feed two adults but, if you are planning to eat other items besides the fish cakes, the 4 to 5 thawd man plaa pieces can feed at least 3 to 4 adults.
Another question that is asked by Thai food lovers is whether this Thai food dish is hot (chillies). To understand this you will need to know that red curry paste and red chillies are both included in the ingredient list of thawd man plaa. This will obviously give a hot flavor to the cakes. However, if you are like the thousands of Thai food enthusiasts who loves to actually cook Thai food, we have some good news for you. Avoid the red chillies in the recipe and just include red curry paste. In any case, it is a good idea to closely follow a recipe once and then experiment with changes and proportions from the second time onwards. Here is the complete recipe for the Thai fish cake food dish