Simple Thai Fish Cake (Tod Mun Pla)

This was truly a long overdue post which I have been meaning to post it. Since it’s the month of Thailand Food Fest by Asian Food Fest (AFF) blogger event, this is a good opportunity to post and submit this for the virtual event blogger. Isn’t it lovely to have event like this – I have no more excuse to be lazy; putting aside recipes stored on my hard disk (almost forgotten!) and never got a chance to share. I bet a lot of bloggers out there feel the same way as I do. Anyhow, that’s not the whole subject of this topic and pardon my irrelevancy.

Tod Mun Pla is Thai fish cake, one of the many basic Thai dishes aside from other appetizers i.e. Thai Egg Rolls, Mango Salad, Miang Kam etc. Tod Mun Pla is commonly found in street food in Thailand, and are very flavorful compared to most Western fish cake recipes. It involves very few ingredients and you can get away making it with store bought curry paste and fish paste.  I love it because it can be served as an appetizer, a side dish, at a party, picnic and all sorts of occasions.

Thai Fish Cake (Tod Mun Pla)

Recipe adapted from Rasa Malaysia.


  • 250gm fish paste (store bought ready made fish paste)
  • 1/2 whole egg (beaten)
  • 2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste (I used Valcom brand – refer image at end of post)
  • 5 snake beans/long beans (thinly sliced)
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves (chopped finely)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fish sauce


  1. In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients above to form a smooth fish paste. Make sure the red curry paste is well blended with the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Heat up oil in a wok enough for deep fry. Wet your hands and pick up the fish paste (about the size of a ping pong ball). Use your fingers and palms to flatten it and make it into a patty. Drop it into the cooking oil and fry till golden brown. Repeat the same for the rest of the fish paste.
  3. Serve the fish cakes hot with Thai sweet chili dipping sauce.

Valcom Authentic Thai Red Curry Paste

Thai Fish Cake (Tod Mun Pla)

I served my Thai Fish Cake (Tod Mun Pla) with Thai Pineapple Fried Rice.

ทานให้อร่อยนะ (Bon Appetite!)

I am submitting this post to Asian Food Fest ( Thailand ) – November Month hosted by Lena of frozen wings

Latest Comments
  1. lena

    agree that this makes a great appetiser and starter, dont forget the chilli sauce time to dig out more old overdue posts :D

    • LC

      Hi Lena, thanks a lot for coming back to my blog. There are so many other fantastic cook and bloggers out there so I feel really grateful for fellow bloggers like you who reach out and give encouragement from time to time. Cheers :D

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