What makes Thai fish cakes, or tod mun pla krai, exceptionally delicious is the absence of batter that may conceal the fresh flavors of the fish, herbs and spices. Kaffir lime leaves, shrimp paste, and local chili give these fish cakes a distinct Thai flavor.
Sticky rice is optional, but sides of spicy chili sauce, lemon wedges, and diced cucumber are a definite must.
You can have the best Bangkok’s tod mun pla krai at: Chatuchak Market (Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road, Chatuchak); Taling Pling (25 Sukhumvit Soi 34); and Lam Cha-Reon Seafood (999/9 Rama I Road, Pathumwan).
Price range: 20 – 400 baht ($0.60 – $11.50)