July 25, 2012

Recipe: Fish Cake

You might be wondering what are fish cakes.  These aren't cakes made out of flour that we bake. Well, they have flour but we fry them on stove-top.  It's a Chinese cuisine that I learned from my mother-in-law.  I know that there are other variants made of fish fillets and potato patty coated in breadcrumbs.  The ones that I learned were different and much simpler to prepare.

If you live close to Asian Supermarket, you can buy mashed fish fillets in a plastic jar on their freezer section. Or if you want it fresh, you can find them over at their fresh fish section.  You can get them by pounds.  And they call them Fish Cakes.

Recipe & Procedure:
Empty a pound of fish cake onto a bowl. Add grated ginger or a half of lemon juice, cut-up green onions (about 2-3), 1/4 cup of flour. Mix them up till the batter is smooth. Set aside.

Heat non-stick skillet under medium heat, brush or spray vegetable oil. Scoop about 2TBSP of the batter onto the skillet and flatten with a spatula. The batter would be very sticky, and it would help if you dip the back of the spatula on the oil before you attempt to flatten the batter onto the pan. Brown on both sides. Repeat the procedure till the batter is all gone.

Let the cooked fish cake cooled before slicing it into strips.  If you're a bento maker, you can cut them into various kinds of cute shapes you desire. They are very easy to manipulate once cooked. They resemble a pancake.

Try them. Your kids will surely enjoy them. For those with allergies, substitute flour with a Gluten Free brand. They taste really great, especially if you're a fan of fish balls.  My son would eat them with ketchup, while my girl would dip them on Black Vinegar.
This is how we normally serve Fish Cakes. Either we eat them with a salad, or with rice.  It depends on the children's mood. Mostly you'll see my boy mix these up with rice and ketchup all over. And my girl would rather have them as pictured above. She wanted it on the side with a Black Vinegar dip. If you missed that lunch post, read it here.

Happy Cooking!  I hope you'd enjoy this recipe.


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