This recipe may not be the quickest, but it is quit easy and really one of the best things you can do with a piece of white fish. Serve them as a side dish, a snack or as a starter. When we were living in Tehran we used to do a curry night every month. We would have to bring our own drinks (because alcohol is VERY expensive and illegal in Iran: a 0,75 l bottle of mediocre wine like our beloved Bulgarian Francois du Lac -the only reason we drank it, because it was the ONLY wine being smuggled into the country- would cost at least $30) and a curry and the host would take care of the rest. The first time I decided to make these fish cakes and they were such a big hit, that by popular demand I had to bring them every single time we had a curry club!
- 1 chili, chopped
- 1 tbsp mint, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
Start with the dip, because it has to cool down before serving.
Bring sugar, water and vinegar to a boil and keep stirring every now and then and check the thickness of the liquid regularly. Reduce it this way to a thin syrup (about 1/3 of the amount you started with). Before you take your syrup off the hob, taste and add a little more vinegar or sugar to taste. When your syrup has the right thickness remove it from the heat and let it cool down (it will get a bit thicker in the process of cooling).
Stir in coriander, chili, garlic, mint and fish sauce.
For the fishcakes, check the fish for bones and remove them. Cut the fish into chunks and put them in a blender with the eggs, red curry paste, fish sauce and milk. Process it roughly to obtain a thick paste. Over processing will make the fish rubbery. With a spoon, mix in the spring onions and the coriander.
Heat some oil in a frying pan and scoop one full tablespoon of the mixture on a spoon. Drop it in the pan using another spoon and spread so you end up with four or five small (not to thick) patties. Cook until brown, turn and repeat on the other side.