Been thinking about it…

Ever since that time when I bought the fresh bay kar/ikan tenggiri/mackerel fish paste from this seafood stall near my house, I have been thinking of using it to make some tod mun pla (ทอดมันปลา) that I like very much.

My missus made some really lovely ones…

…before but unfortunately, she did not have all the ingredients that day so I did not get to enjoy what I was thinking of.

We had some nice ones (5 for RM12.50)…

…at the Thai restaurant here and here (3 for RM10.90)…

…but they have all called it a day now.

My friend, Peter, the boss of Payung, made some…

…for me once but they are not on their menu so I don’t think I will ever get to eat those again.

Well, it so happened that I managed to get two packs of fish paste (RM10.00 each)…

…from that seafood stall so I asked my missus to make more of her yummy Thai fish cakes and I went and bought a few strands of long beans and sliced them thinly…

…for her to use.

I did not notice it the previous time but this time around, I saw that it actually involved a whole lot of work. My missus had to prepare all the ingredients…

…including a lot of Thai basil leaves and sawtooth coriander from my garden and I heard a whole lot of pounding going on in the kitchen.

Finally, it was done…

…and we had that for lunch and dinner and there were some left over till the next day even. Compared to the prices I had to fork out at the Thai restaurants, this was indeed so very cheap, so many pieces for the RM20 worth of fish paste.

We used to buy the ones from Jakar or Sarikei…

…but those are seasoned and when making fish balls using those and cooking them, there is no need to add any salt or msg as there would be more than enough of those in the fish paste for the soup or whatever dish one is cooking…and one does not know what else they have added. This fish paste from the seafood stall is unadulterated, pure fish paste – no salt, no msg so one can add one’s own seasoning according to taste.

The fish stall is located to the right of CCL FRESH MINI MARKET against the wall at the end of the block to the right of the Grand Wonderful Hotel (2.309601, 111.845163) along Jalan Pipit, off Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai, on your left just before the Petronas petrol station a short distance from Delta Mall. You can also go in via Lorong Pipit 4, turning left into the lane at the junction where Starbucks Sibu is located and go straight ahead from there.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

9 thoughts on “Been thinking about it…”

  1. Hi STP, greetings from SG, these fish cakes are priceless looking at the effort and time put into it.
    However, between fish cakes and prawn cakes, usually I will order prawn cakes if I dine in a Thai restaurant. Hee hee.

    By the way the thing about SG now they keep importing cases from the curry country which has 300,000 cases daily. We all know whose fault it is. Stop saying we never do this and that, not wearing our masks properly etc. It is the minority who doesn’t comply but it is the imports from that country and place in particular which got us into such state again! I am sure i can do without “fried pancakes” and curry for the next year.

    You and your family stay safe and stay healthy, wonder when we can get out of this thing.

    Yes, my Pinoy food blogger friend in Auckland, New Zealand did blog about the prawn cakes he made.
    Perhaps I can try that next time, never had prawns as I always had fish.

    I did read the news about the current situation in Singapore. Sad especially when things have been going well so far. Those people are not allowed into the country and yet we ended up getting a case of the variant here, dunno why or how that carrier managed to come in. So pissed off by how they do things here.

  2. What your missus make really looks very good but a lot of work involved. No, thank you if you ask me to make. I like how you use the Thai basil leaves flowers for the deco. Nice little flowers.

    That was my missus’ “work of art”. She has very good hands – her presentations a lot nicer than mine.

    Yes, considering the effort, I can understand the prices but I love Thai food, anytime nicer than Japanese or Korean.

  3. Your wife’s cooking looks so good, so presentable and impressive!

    Thanks for your compliment! She’ll be mighty pleased. LOL!!!

  4. Yum! I love those fish cakes too. I had them at Mr Tuk Tuk quite some time ago but theirs made me very thirsty 😦

    Oh!!! Too much salt and msg! I went to Mr Tuk Tuk in Miri, can’t say that I was impressed. I guess we can’t expect too much from these franchise places.

  5. I think I saw the paste in Jakar shop but I did not buy it. My MIL taught me how to make fish paste from fresh mackerel that my man caught last year.

    Your fish cakes are nice. I could imagine it must be good with all the ingredients and effort put in.

    Yes, my missus can make fish paste from mackerel but this is more convenient, no need to go through the trouble plus it is fresh – made on the spot on a day-to-day basis. The Jakar one is frozen for dunno how long already,

    Thai fish cakes have always been my favourite, love them a lot- the exquisite exotic taste!

  6. Yeah that’s no denying that preparing the food on your own is better than buying it outside. 🙂 If you can cook, just do it if it means you will be saving a lot.

    Definitely and a whole lot nicer too!!! No scrimping on the ingredients for the sake of making more profit.

  7. Ohh those fish cakes sounds really nice, I have all the ingredients so I will be making one later

    I’ve got my eyes on your prawn cakes, the tod mun goong, Will try to make those one of these days.

  8. That’s a lovely photo of your wife’s creations.

    Yes, I think she’s gifted – she can do it so well. My half-baked efforts would pale in comparison.

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