Thursday, December 9, 2010

Yam Pla Duk Fuu ยำปลาดุกฟู Crispy Fish With Green Mango Salad

Day 14 of our carbless diet - I served up yet another Thai classic, this time a beautiful salad with airy crispy fish cakes and crisp tart green mango. Traditionally cat fish is used but I substituted that with cod and it worked equally well. This is a very simple and refreshing salad that sums up what a good Thai salad is really about; it's extremely refreshing, the different flavours and textures from all the ingredients will sure to blow your mind away.
P.S For the first time we were both wishing steamed rice was served alongside this wonderful dish.

serve 4 as part of a Thai meal
you'll need;
500 g of cat fish or cod fillets
2 green mangoes
2 long red chillies, julienned
2 lemongrass (white part only) finely sliced
half a cup of mint leaves
2 shallots, finely sliced
3 tbs of chopped roasted cashew nuts 
peanut oil for frying

for the dressing;
3 to 5 bird chillies, chopped
2 tsp of sugar
2 tbs of fish sauce
juice from half a lime

Peel mangoes and remove seeds, then cut into neat julienne.

Slice chillies and lemongrass.

To prepare the dressing - pound chillies, salt and sugar into a paste before adding the lime juice and fish sauce. Check for seasonings and adjust to your taste.

To prepare the crispy fish - wash and dry fish fillets throughly; season fish generously with salt before baking in the hot oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Cool then flake fish into little pieces, place in a food processor and blend til fish flakes resemble breadcrumbs. 

Heat enough oil and fry fish crumbs in batches, pull the crumbs toward you and they will form a net. Turn the fish net over using a fish slice and fry til golden and crispy.

Place all ingredients in a large bowl and pour the dressing over. Mix well and check for seasonings.

Divide mango salad and place pieces of crispy fish over. Aroy maak maak!


  1. oh hari ini dah makan nasi ya?pastinya nasi tu akan rasa sangat sedap kan hehe.Tambahan dengan lauk yang begini sedak..Aroy maakk

  2. Harriet from carltonDecember 9, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    Wow this salad looks amazing! Why don;t they serve this at my local Thai restaurant?

  3. I love green mango salad, it really complements the fish well

  4. I will pay good money for this! I totally agree with Harriet.

  5. hi tummy..yummmy..tak makan pun dah dapat rassa kelazatan lauk ni..tenguk gambar je tu..

  6. Wow was my first reaction too :) Splendid!

  7. Very appetitising dish, makes me hungry!

  8. lovely salad you guys are so healthy in your cooking

  9. I certainly don't mind carbless diet with such sumptuous food! Just so yummy!

  10. This is sooooooo yummy!!!!Bookmarking this. I never knew how to make the crispy fish

  11. Seriously your blog/recipes/presentation ROCK!
    You're the best!

    Great ingredients and such a refreshing dish!


    B XX

  12. wow...looks delicious and tempting....

  13. You make going carbless a treat. All those flavors wrapped up into one spectacular dish.

  14. looks so appetising, I can have a big plate now.

  15. This is one of my absolute favourite Thai dishes!

  16. Love all the fresh ingredients that you used for this salad! Looks delicious!!

  17. Oy my freaking god — that simply looks so delicious! i'd love to try that crispy fish! :-)

  18. Great Thai dish! Looks delicious and so fresh and healthy.

  19. this looks yummy, would love to try it out. What temperature do u bake the fish and for how long?


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