Cambodian Pahut

Cambodian Pahut

SpiceBreeze
These delightful Cambodian fish patties are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Finely ground fish and an assortment of aromatic spices result in a flavor-packed treat. The combination of lemongrass, galangal, and lime flavors lends a distinctive Cambodian touch to the dish. If desired, add some heat with fresh chilies or replace the fish with poultry or meat.
hands-on time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Californian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Fish Patties

  • 1.25 lb white fish fillet [1]
  • 2 green onions (optional)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (optional)
  • 1-3 tsp (brown) sugar (optional)

Green Beans

  • 1 lb green beans, ends trimmed
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce [2]
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, chopped (optional)
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Pahut Culinary Spice Kit

  • Galangal, lemongrass, turmeric, lemon balm, makrut leaves, lemon crystals, lime peel, chives

Suggested Sides

  • cooked rice
  • baked potatoes
  • fresh bread

Instructions
 

Fish Patties

  • Roughly cut fish into 1-inch size pieces, and chop onions.
  • In a FOOD PROCESSOR, add fish pieces, onions, garlic, sugar, all Pahut spices, and salt to taste. Blend until it has a smooth texture.
  • Form the mixture into patties, about 2-inches in diameter.
  • In a PAN, heat oil over medium heat.
  • Fry fish patties until brown, about 4┬áminutes each side.
  • Transfer patties to a PLATE with PAPER TOWELS to drain excess oil.

Green Beans [3]

  • In a large POT with boiling water, cook beans for 3 minutes.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • In a PAN, heat oil over medium heat.
  • Add garlic for 1 minute.
  • Fry beans for about 3 minutes until they are crisp and tender.
  • Add soy sauce [2] and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Optionally, garnish with sesame seeds.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

[1] For instance: cod, tilapia, halibut, haddock, flounder.
Substitute with ground poultry or meat; skip the food processor; instead mix in a bowl with hands.
[2] Substitutes: see our blog about tamari.
[3] Alternative without oil:
Skip the frying. Cook beans until tender. Season with soy sauce & garlic powder.