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Thai Fish Cake (Tod Mun Pla) Recipe

Thai Fish Cake (Tod Mun Pla)ทอดมันปลากราย.

I don’t know Thai, but I think it means Tod Mun Pla, or fish cakes in Thai.

Let me tell you the story about how I fell in love with ทอดมันปลากราย, or Thai fish cakes.

Every time I go to Bangkok, I love wandering about in the city, looking for interesting street foods to eat. Recently, when I was in Pratunam, I chanced upon this old lady with a push cart equipped with a big wok of hot boiling oil. On the push cart, there is a huge container of orange-hued mixture. It didn’t look too appetizing to me and I didn’t know what it was…

Thai Fish Cake (Tod Mun Pla)The old lady then wet one of her hands, shaping a small ball from the mixture, and using only her fingers, she flattened the ball into a nice patty and then dropped it into the wok. Within a minute or so, the flat patty floated to the top and I realized that she was making Thai fish cakes. She made many of these Thai fish cakes in a jiffy; all of them floated to the top to golden-brown glory. I knew I had to taste them.

She packed 10 pieces of the Thai fish cakes into a plastic bag, drenched a dollop of chili sauce onto the fish cakes, and then topped them with a few slices of fresh cucumber. All for only 20 Bahts. It was love at first bite, the best Thai fish cakes I’d ever tasted. They were so fresh, juicy, and simply exquisite. I wished I could have taken the pictures, but I left my camera in my luggage.

So here I am sharing my recipe and pictures of Thai fish cake with you, trying to re-create what I had. They are as good as they get.

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33 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. Anonymous

    u always traveled around… :) here and there….. very nice.
    i was at pratunam before… u were wright about it. they have lots of street foods…fish cake..oh my god, dipped with sweet chilli sauce is very good. by the way, very nice pic

  2. Rasa Malaysia

    Shreela – the recipe is up. It couldn’t finish posting the recipe and had it as “Coming Soon” just now.

  3. Adeline

    I love Thai fish cakes. I think the addition of chopped long beans give thai fish cakes a great texture, more crunchy. And of course, you can’t go wrong with the sweet chili sauce. The recipe seems very easy. I am going to try your Thai fish cakes recipe!

  4. Tricia

    This is one of my favorite snacks! When I was living in L.A. I love to go to “Sala Thai” in Chinatown. They have one of the best fish cakes!

  5. Marc @ NoRecipes

    Mmmmm Tod Mun Pla is one of my favourite things. I love the crunchy bits of long bean and the zing that comes from the lime leaves.

  6. Kittiphong

    the trick is you need to pounce very hard on the mixture of fish paste and curry paste several times with the help of mortar and pestle till sticky. This will ensure that once fried, it’ll be gummy like.

  7. chumpman


    My 1st visit here.

    Bangkok is one of the places I like to travel the most as well as my friends because of the yummy street foods there. It is also the only one place that we don’t gain weight after the trips, lol. The secret is shopping, eat, shopping, eat so we are able to burn the fat from time to time.

    Wish I can make it as good as yours by following the recipe, thanks for sharing

  8. Nic

    Oh gosh, one of my fav snack. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Just a quick q. you use premade fish paste…does it give a springy texture? Thanks again.

  9. tango

    do u have the recipe on how to make fish paste? All of your recipe involving fish paste are refered to cha cha brand which has no origins.

  10. Aaron


    Rasa Malaysia, I remember my visits to Thailand when I was a teenager. My favorite was definitely the Tod Mun. Thanks for the recipe and the story of your experience. It brought back memories.

    When looking for the fish paste, do you look for a particular brand? Should I avoid fish paste with seasoning, salt etc?


  11. Greg F.

    Hi, I was just wondering if you also knew anything about breaded, or battered fish, or crab bites that usually could be found all over the New Zealand food shop district…They were usually always sold by the same or very close to places making fish cakes, that I also love by the way…Your pictures take me right back to NZ, very authentic looking…the crab, or fish bites were usually served cold with a mayonaise based dipping sauce….I would love to find a recipe for these….I miss it so much….they were great to throw in or along side a salad….any help would be very much appreciated….

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  13. Tanja Noever

    I actually use thinly sliced ocra instead of the long beans. That is how one of my good friends (she grew up in Thailand) thought me how to make them. Instead of using store bought fish paste you can use any white fishfilet and just mix it with the red curry paste in the blender, then add the chopped up other ingridients.

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