Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Seafood)

Deep Fried Fish Cakes Recipe

(Cha Ca Chien)

Ingredients : Serves 5-6

275 g

150 ml

225 g


2 tablespoons

30 ml







A few

2 sprigs

White fish

Coconut milk or cow's milk

Sweet potatoes, boiled and mashed

Tomatoes, skinned and chopped

Coriander, chopped

Nuoc Mam sauce or light soya sauce,

mixed with 1 teaspoon anchovy essence


Eggs, lightly beaten

Rice flour or plain flour

Vegetable oil for deep frying


Lettuce leaves

Mint leaves

Method :
  • Cover the fish with the coconut milk. (If there is not sufficient, add a little water or cow's milk). Bring the milk to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes or until the fish is tender.

  • Remove any skin or bones and flake the fish.

  • Place the fish, potato, tomatoes and coriander in a bowl and mix well.

  • Combine the Nuoc Mam sauce and egg. Add half this mixture slowly to the fish mixture so that it retains its shape.

  • Add some flour if the mixture is too runny.

  • Shape the mixture into small balls. Dip each ball into the remaining egg and Nuoc Mam sauce mixture and roll into the rice flour.

  • Heat the oil until it is smoking and deep fry until the balls are golden brown.

  • Serve hot, garnished with the lettuce and sprigs of mint.

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