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Vietnamese Fish Cakes/Cha Ca

Vietnamese Fish Cakes

Today's recipe is a delicious appetizer with fish- Vietnamese fish cakes/Cha' Ca. It is a street food and is deep fried to golden brown. It is served with crushed peanuts and fish sauce dip.

Recipe source: Nhut Huynh, Little Vietnam,Turtle Publishing,2009

Boneless skinless fish- 1 lb
Egg -1
Sugar- 1 tsp
Fish sauce- 1 tbs
Turmeric- 1/8 tsp
Garlic clove-2
Crushed dry red chilly-1/3 tsp
Pepper powder-1/3 tsp
Basil leaves chopped-3-4 tsp
Spring onions chopped- a hand full
Oil for frying

Cut fish into pieces and marinate with sugar, fish sauce, chopped garlic,pepper powder, egg. Chill in refrigerator for an hour.
After an hour pulse this in food processor to form a course mixture.
Add chopped basil, chopped spring onion and crushed dry red chilly and mix. Grease your hands with oil. Make small lemon sized balls and then lightly and flatten on your palm.
Heat oil in a pan and deep fry/shallow fry the fish cakes till it slightly puffs up and is golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve with fish sauce dip or tomato sauce.

Try this
Hope you will all enjoy!


  1. Wow, these fish cakes look delicious, I am gonna try this...

  2. Wow, these fish cakes look delicious, I am gonna try this...

  3. Delicious and lovely looking fish cakes. Lovely pics of the same.

  4. Omg, i dont mind finishing that plate, very delicious fish cake.

  5. wow very temptg and love the clicks

  6. Delicious fish cake ..drooling here !!

  7. Delicious fishcake recipe. Very nice.

  8. these look awesome... drooling...

  9. I can imagine how wonderful they must taste with the crushed peanuts on top. A must try for me.


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