Pla Rad Prik - fish in chili
This can be made with any fish. Personal choices would be catfish, sea
bass or salmon.
Thai preference would be to gut and clean the fish, but leave the head
on. You may of course prefer to remove the head, even to use fish
a fish, about 1 lb
white wine (preferably rice wine)
oil for deep fryingsauce:
3 tablespoons of kratiem (garlic), finely slivered
quarter cup prik chi fa (Thai jalapenas), thinly sliced
quarter cup prik chi fa daeng (red jalapenas), thinly sliced
quarter cup hom daeng (shallots, or other onions), thinly sliced
quarter cup bai phak chi (coriander/cilantro leaves), chopped
quarter cup nam pla (fish sauce)
1 tablespoons palm sugar
quarter cup bai horapa (sweet basil leaves), choppedmethod
cut three or four slashes in the sides of the cleaned fish, and sprinkle
with the rice wine. Dust liberally with the flour, and deep fry in hot
oil until crispy.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan, or second wok, add a little oil to the hot
pan, and stir fry the chilis and onions until fragrant. Add the fish
sauce, and bring to a gentle boil. Stir in the sugar and continue
stirring until the sugar is dissolved. add the coriander leaves, and
stir occasionally until the sauce is slightly reduced (about 5 minutes).
Remove from the heat, and transfer to a sauce jug. Add the basil leaves
The fish, on a serving platter, and accompanied with a basket of khao
niao (sticky rice), and the jug of sauce is presented to the diners,
with the usual Thai table condiments (notably nam pla prik - chilis in
Normally diners break off small pieces of the fish with chopsticks and
transfer them to their plate, make the morsel into a ball with a little
sticky rice and dip it into the sauce before transfering it to the mouth
with the right hand... left handed diners and those feeling more
comfortable could of course use a fork and spoon...
Special thanks to - Muoi Khuntilanont.