Thai Mackerel Lettuce Wraps
Added by Mango Ginger | Sun 26 Feb 2012 @ 05:26
The latest Asian Fusion recipe from www.mango-ginger.blogspot.com
In thai this dish is called Miang Pla Too Ė little mackerel bites. This is a delicious and simple snack or starter which you eat like a small fajita: you take a piece of lettuce, fill it with rice noodles, fresh coriander and mint, and fried mackerel, drizzled with a tangy spicy sauce and wrap it into a little parcel.
4 small mackerel fillets (about 125g per person)
200 grams rice noodles (Straight to wok) 75g dried
Handful coriander leaves (with stalks still intact but roots removed)
Handful fresh mint leaves
For the sauce:
3 tbsp lime juice
3 small red chillis (a spicy variety like birdseye)
3 cloves garlic
2 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp water
1. Start by making the sauce. Finely hop the chilli, keeping the seeds in. Then finely chop the garlic. If you have a mortar and pestle, pound them, otherwise keep chopping as finely as you can with a knife.
2. Transfer to a small dish along with all the other sauce ingredients, but keep some of the chilli aside. You can add more later once you have tasted. Mix well and taste. If it is too spicy for your taste add more sugar, water or lime juice. If you want it spicier, add the remaining chilli.
3. If your mackerel isnít filleted already, fillet it. This is an easy fish to fillet because the bones are large and firm. Season the fillets on both sides. Heat a little olive oil in a pan and fry your fillets til they are gently browned on both sides, about 3-4 mins on each side, skin side first. When cooked, transfer to a small plate. Itís up to you whether you leave the fillets whole and let your guests break pieces off, or cut them into small pieces yourself.
4. If your rice noodles are dried, cook according to packet instructions. If they are fresh, remove from the packet and separate any that have stuck together. Set aside. The noodles should be no warmer than lukewarm Ė you donít want them burning your fingers or wilting the leaves.
5. When your fish is done, lay out all the components on a large plate or board. Give each guest a small plate and let them make their own wraps, starting with a lettuce leaf, then a small pile of noodles, then a piece of fish, a coriander sprig, a couple of mint leaves and finishing off with a drizzle of the sauce.