Fish Paste, is made from sweet water fish fillets such as tilapia, catfish, bass, featherback or salt water fish fillets such as cod, mackerel. Once the Fish Paste is made, you can use it to make fish balls, fish quenelles, fish patties, fish cakes. You can add fish paste, either fried or steamed to Vietnamese noodle soup such as “Hu Tieu Do Bien”, “Bun Rieu”, other noodle soup bowls or in hot pots.

cha ca, fish paste

fish patties

If you use salt water fish in the ingredients, replace the tapioca starch with cornstarch in the same amount.

Fish Paste Recipe:
3 lbs catfish fillets
2 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp ground pepper
3 tbsp cornstarch (or potato starch)
1 tbsp tapioca starch
1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp oil

Rinse the catfish fillets under cold water, drain then use the paper towel to dry the fillets. Cut the fillets into small pieces, around 1/2 inch wide.

In a bowl, combine fish and all ingredients together and mix it well.

Place the fish in a food processor and pulse to make a fine paste, or until the mixture has a firm paste like consistency, about 2 minutes.

Store the paste into 3 plastic containers, each about 1 lb and freeze it until needed.

You can make fish balls by pinching off about 1/2 tsp of the fish paste, form into a ball and drop it into the soup stock.

You can make fish patties by pinching off 2 tbsp of the fish paste, form into a patty and laddle it into hot oil and fry both sides. This can be eaten by itself or simmer into sauteed tomato sauce to make a dish by itself.

More recipes from this fish paste will be posted in the near future.

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