I was torn between crab cakes and fishcakes for dinner tonight. It’s a little muggy today and I wanted something light and fresh, and this pickled cucumber is the gastro equivalent of having a cold bath. Crab is delicious, but a little expensive. Cod is cheaper, but our consumption is unsustainable. I truly worry about the fact that such a beautiful fish will disappear from our plates if we aren’t careful…I chose the fish.
Regardless, you have to make this dish at least once this summer. This pair go together like Jenny’s and Forrest’s.
For the cucumber salad you’ll need…
chunk of cucumber as long as your index finger, unless you have long fingers, then one as big as your ring finger, seeded and sliced length ways
white of one spring onion, sliced length ways and finely
2 tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
1tbsp fish sauce
1 birdseye chili chopped
Combine vinegar, sugar and fish sauce and allow the sugar to dissolve. Add everything else and put in the fridge for later.
Now we move onto the fishcakes…
175g of cod, filleted (but honestly, i just grabbed a piece not quite as big as my hand, but i talked to my housemate and he and i guessed 175).
1 tbsp of red curry paste
1.5 tbsp of fish sauce
1 tsp palm sugar. you can use white, but it won’t taste the same.
1 stalk of lemongrass
a palmfull of fresh coriander, chopped
1 clove of garlic
green shoots of one spring onion
Throw all this into a blender and blitz it up into a paste. Meanwhile, heat up half an inch of oil in a frying pan and shallow fry spoonfuls of the mixture. Cook until brown and crispy and handsome. When they’re ready, drain them off on kitchen paper.
To serve, dot a few fishcakes on the plate and dress with the pickled cucumber. A bit like the picture.