Thai (Faux) Fish Cakes 🐟🌱 or as Thais call them ‘Tod Mun Pla Grai’ is known as one of the most popular appetizers in Thai restaurants. They are often served with sweet chili sauce, which you can also make your own at home using my recipe. Check out my baked spring rolls post for full recipe.
You could substitute king oyster mushrooms with other kinds of white mushrooms. However, if you’re using dark coloured mushrooms like shiitake or portobello mushrooms- bear in mind that the colours will come out dark and not bright orange. 🔥
Vegan Thai Fish Cakes:
• 250 g king oyster mushrooms
• 1 tsp Himalayan salt* (if using table salt, cut the amount by half)
• 1/2 tsp coconut sugar
• 30 g lemongrass, (only white part) chopped
• 3 cloves garlic • 20 g shallots • 4 dried Thai chilies, soaked until softened and drained well* (if you don’t have them- use roasted red bell pepper instead)
• 2/3 cup plain flour (all purpose flour)* (use chickpea flour for GLUTEN FREE option)
• 50 g green beans, chopped
• 6 kaffir lime leaves, cut into thin strips OR 1 tbs of lime zest
• a handful of fresh basil leaves (use any kind you have: if using Italian basil, chop them up first)
• cooking oil for frying • sweet chili sauce
1. In a food processor, blend together mushrooms, garlic, shallots, soaked dried chilies, salt, coconut sugar, and lemongrass until smooth.
2. Add plain flour and mix well before adding green beans, kaffir lime leaves, fresh basil leaves, and nori/ kelp powder (for extra fishy flavour) and fold everything together.
3. In a pan, add neutral cooking oil (like avocado oil or grapeseed oil) turn on the burner.
4. Heat the pan on medium low heat and slowly drop mushroom patties. If you’re forming patties using your hands- make sure your hands are WET or GREASED, otherwise the batter will stick and you’ll make a mess.
5. Fry your faux fish cakes about 3-4 minutes on each side, make sure it’s cooked thoroughly before removing from heat. Rest the fried fish cakes on paper towel to get rid of excess oil before serving.
6. Serve hot/ warm with a side of sweet chili sauce.