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These authentic Thai fish cakes are super quick and easy to make. No n...

These authentic Thai fish cakes are super quick and easy to make. No n...

These authentic Thai fish cakes are super quick and easy to make. No need waiting to have these when you go to a Thai restaurant! Once your family and friends taste them they will think you are an expert Thai cook. And why not? Mildly warm spices and Thai ingredients deliver superb Thai-style fish cakes.

Together with a cucumber sauce, this appetizer provides a lovely balance between those important Thai concepts of salty, spicy, sweet and sour to make perfect Thai fish cakes.


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It is worth sourcing the all-important Thai ingredients to achieve the authentic taste of this Thai fish cake recipe. The rest is easy! Find yourself an Asian grocer and you will be able to buy all of these ingredients. Trust me they are worth it! Or order them online. You will fall in love with this authentic Thai fish cake recipe!

We also take a look at Chiang Mai street food, a great place to find a Thai fish recipe among many other wonderful Thai meals. It’s incredibly cheap and the sheer variety of choice is mind-blowing to me. Read on for how you can eat for as little as $1 USD in Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai Street Food

Last week we featured another classic appetizer, beef wrapped in betel nut. I also took some time out in that post to write about the joys of street food in Bangkok. Today we turn our attention to Chiang Mai.

Is the street food here as good as Bangkok’s? In a nutshell, it is even better and it is incredibly cheap if you want to keep to a budget. We generally spent between $1 to $3 (USD). Incredible isn’t it? The sheer range of Thai food available is fantastic.

There are a number of areas around the old town where you will find large street food stations. The Chang Puek Gate, the Chiang Mai Gate, and any of the markets are all great choices.

You can expect to find food from the nearby hill tribes where there is more slow-cooked food, and it’s a little different to what’s served in Bangkok. Some great choices are:

The thing I most love about eating street food in Chiang Mai is that you mix with the locals and other tourists. It is very communal and there is no shortage of people in good spirits. A high proportion of people living in Chiang Mai are university students. They are well behaved and most have very good English skills so it is easy to have a conversation with them.

Water and ice are provided free and in Chiang Mai, it is apparently safe. You do have the choice to buy bottled water, which is what we did and what we would recommend. We ate on the streets numerous times and personally, I enjoyed it more than our restaurant visits as the atmosphere was better and the food was just as good.

The quality of the food is very good and you should relax about eating on the street. The vendors cannot afford to sell poor or low-quality food as they will soon be out of business. Tipping is not expected and English is generally understood. If not, a local will help you out.

Would you like to try the street food but still feel a little uneasy about it or are not sure what to choose? Then why not take part in a Chiang Mai Street Food Tour?

We took one when we first arrived. It is a great way to learn about local cuisine in Chiang Mai and northern Thailand. You learn some of the Thai words associated with food and you will have plenty of different tastings along the way at multiple street food markets. Definitely, go hungry! They pick you up and drop you back at your accommodation. Once you experience this you, won’t be able to stop yourself from returning.

Authentic Thai Fish Cakes

One of the dishes you will likely have on the street of Chaing Mai is authentic Thai fish cakes. It is a common appetizer exported all over the world by Thai-operated restaurants. They are a sublime appetizer and, in my view, are the best fish cakes you will ever taste. The Asian fish cake recipe is one of the best!

Red curry paste is an important ingredient in making our fish patties taste just like Thai fish cakes authentically made in Asia. Not only can you then make these but you also have the base for making the superb Thai red curry (with fish, beef, chicken, pork – or make it vegetarian).

Other Asian Dishes with Some Spice

Looking for some more spicy foods and something different from Thai fried fish cakes? If so, you might also enjoy these authentic Thai recipes:

Ema Datshi, the national dish of Bhutan, might just be the be best cheese chili dish you will ever taste.

Fish Amok. is the national dish of Cambodia. Our most popular curry on Compass & Fork is toned down with a creamy curry-based sauce.

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Authentic Thai Fish Cakes

Authentic Thai Fish Cake Recipe

Let’s jump right into how to make Thai fish cakes!

Using authentic ingredients, these fried, curried Thai fish patties are served with a refreshing cucumber sauce. Make your own and have people raving how good it is and how your Thai fish cakes burst with authentic flavor.

You will need a blender/food processor (better) or mortar and pestle. We use coconut oil but you can substitute to make an amazing sauce with your Asian fish cakes.

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Using authentic ingredients, these fried, curried Thai fish patties are served with a refreshing cucumber sauce. Make your own and have people raving how good it is and how your Thai fish cakes burst with authentic flavor.

You will need a blender/food processor (better) or mortar and pestle. We use coconut oil but you can substitute to make an amazing sauce with your Asian fish cakes.

In a small saucepan over low heat, warm the vinegar and sugar (do not boil). Stir until thick and well combined. Put aside and allow to cool. Add the cucumber, chili powder and peanuts and stir to combine. Place in a serving bowl and refrigerate until needed. Add the cilantro leaves as a garnish when serving.

Fish Cakes

Mix all the ingredients, except the cup of oil, until they are well combined.

Press small handfuls of the fish mixture into small discs. Wetting your hands with water will make this easier.

Heat the oil over medium low heat. Place the fish cakes into the hot oil and cook until golden brown, turning once. This should take about 3 minutes. I usually cook in 3 or 4 batches.

As the fish cakes are cooked, drain on paper towel. Serve with the cucumber sauce.

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