Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Appetizers)

Eel Cakes Recipe

(Cha Luon)

Ingredients : Makes 16

500 g

250 g

2 stalks


2 cloves


1 teaspoon

1/2 teaspoon

1/4 teaspoon

1/4 teaspoon

1 cup


Serving :-

16 - 20 pieces

1 sprig


Eel, skinned, boned and chopped

Cod fillet, chopped

Lemon grass, finely chopped

Shallots, finely chopped

Garlic, finely chopped

Small red chili, finely chopped

Nuoc cham sauce

Golden caster sugar



Vegetable oil, for frying



Crisp lettuce leaves

Coriander (cilantro) leaves and mint leaves

Sauce bowl of Nuoc Cham dipping sauce

Method :
  • Put all ingredients, except the oil, into a food processor with salt and pepper. Process to a paste.

  • Turn the paste into a bowl, cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour, then form into 16 cakes.

  • Heat the oil in a wok. Gently fry the eel cakes for 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown.

  • To serve, let each guest wrap up an eel cake in a lettuce leaf with a handful of herbs, and dip the parcel into the nuoc cham dipping sauce.

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