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Pla Nuea Orn – Fried Fish with Chili Shrimp Paste Sauce Recipe

Pla Nuea Orn - Fried Fish with Chili Shrimp Paste Sauce Recipe

Pla Nuea Orn – Fried Fish with Chili Shrimp Paste Sauce Recipe

Although freshwater fish are preferred for this dish in Thailand, any good white-fleshed fish may be used.

Ingredients :

  • 1 whole fish weighing about 2 lbs (1 kg), or 2 smaller fish
  • 4 cups (1 liter) oil for deep-frying

Chili Shrimp Paste Sauce

  • 5-10 dried red chilies, soaked in water, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sliced shallots
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried shrimp paste
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4-5 kaffir lime leaves, very finely sliced

Method :

  1. Scale and clean the fish thoroughly, leaving on the head Make cuts about 1/2 in (1 cm) apart along the back of the fish to give it a decorative appearance.
  2. To make the Chili Shrimp Paste Sauce, heat 3 tablespoons oil in a wok over high heat and fry the chilies, garlic, shallots and shrimp paste until fragrant, then add the fish sauce and sugar. Fry for another 1-2 minutes and set aside.
  3. Dry the fish thoroughly, then deep-fry in very hot oil until cooked. Serve the fish topped with the Chili Shrimp Paste Sauce and sprinkled with shredded kaffir lime leaves.

Serves 4
Preparation time : 30 mins
Cooking time : 12 mins

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Source :
Authentic Recipes from Thailand
by Sven Krauss, Laurent Ganguillet and Vira Sanguanwong
photo by Luca Invernizzi Tettoni
introduction by William Warren

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