Taiwan has a very rich and diverse culture and one of the best ways to experience Taiwanese culture is dining. Food is a central part of the culture and Taiwanese people are proud of their cuisine. At home, meals bring the family together and develop a long-lasting bond between them. Citizens also like to dine out and spend their time in restaurants. Taiwan’s cuisine is considered to be one of the best in the world.
Today we are about to share with you the recipe of a very popular food of Taiwan—that is fish cakes. After listening to the name of the dish, the very first question that comes to your mind is; What is a fish cake? Is it sweet or savory? Fish cake is not a sweet dish or a cake. It is a savory dish made up of fish meat, usually cod or haddock. Asian-style fish cake is made up of fish, flour, egg, vegetables, and spices. It involves making a batter with all ingredients and deep frying them. It is a simple, tasty, and affordable dish. It tastes savory with a soft texture and can have various flavors depending on the additional ingredients. Fish cakes can be enjoyed boiled or fried! The choice is yours.
HISTORY AND ORIGIN OF FISH CAKE
The origin of fish cake is said to be in England in the 19th century. When the leftover fish was mixed with potato, dipped in batter, and was fried. There are lots of variations in fish cake recipes depending upon the type of fish, the method followed, and different herbs used. Some of the common variations of fish cake are:
BERMUDA FISH CAKE
A traditional dish of Bermuda made on easter. They mostly eat fish cake stuffed in a bun.
JAPANESE FISH CAKE
Kamaboko is a fried fish cake made with white fish. Japanese eat them as a snack.
THAI FISH CAKES
They make use of kaffir sauce in its preparation. Thai fish cakes are famous in the entire world.
KOREAN FISH CAKES
It is called eomuk or odeng. Korean fish cakes are made in different shapes and with a variety of stuffing. It is a portion of popular street food and is very cheap.
TAIWANESE FISH CAKES
It is one of the most popular street foods in Taiwan. In Taiwanese, it is called O-Len or Tem-bu-ra. We are going to share with you the delicious and authentic fish cake recipe from the menu of Memory Corner, where it originated when Raymond’s grandparents started a restaurant in Taiwan in 1975 to earn a living. With great effort and hard work, it became the favorite restaurant specializing in lamb cuisine.
To honor his grandparents and to carry on their tradition, the third generation of the Wu family opened Memory Corner in Richmond in 2013. Memory corner is famous for its lamb soup, bubble teas, and street-style classics like fried fish cake. The restaurant environment is also very appealing as the decor evokes scenes from Taiwan.
Get a taste of Taiwan at home with the recipe for traditional fish cakes.
- 500g of mixed fish (cod, haddock, and octopus)
- 300g of cornflour
- 150g of carrots
- 1/3 cup of Taiwanese rice wine
- 2 cups of iced water
- 10 ice cubes
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp white pepper
- 1 tbsp of Memory corner secret spice
- First of all, prepare the fish. Remove the skin and take the meat from the bones.
- Chop the octopus into small pieces. Keep half of it for later use and blend the other half with the fish. Now add salt, the ice cubes, and the iced water. Stop blending when it is like a thick cream.
- Quickly blend your carrots to keep little chunks of carrot.
- Get a large mixing bowl and mix fish paste, the chopped octopus, flour, carrot, sugar, white pepper, and the Memory Corner secret spice.
- Cover the mixture and leave it in the fridge overnight or at least for 3 hours.
- Get ready a pan of hot oil about 180 degrees C. Make fish Tem-bu-ra shapes like a sausage and deep fry them until they turn golden brown. Tasty fish cakes are ready to serve with chili sauce or ketchup.
These delicious fish cakes are low in carbohydrates. They are rich in protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, and B12. Minerals like phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and iron make them a true health superstar.
You can serve them as snacks with chili sauce, tartar sauce, asparagus and hollandaise sauce, and mustard paste. You can also serve them as a side dish with rice, broccoli salad, sweet potato fries, baked beans, corn pudding, or hot soup. There are lots of serving options. You can have them the way you like them.
In this recipe, one of the secret spices of Memory Corner is missing. To experience the authentic taste of the soft and juicy fish cake, you will have to visit Memory Corner. Take a break from your busy schedule and join us at Memory corner with your friends and family. We cater to you with the best Taiwanese food in a relaxed and friendly environment to make your day memorable.