Thai Fish Salad

Monday has been declared Marine Monday (or ultramarine monday if you like New Order).

My two serves of Red Throated fackmeIhadnoideaitwouldcostthatmuch Emperor unexpectedly had to stretch to three people. This causes issues; not because I’m a stingy bastard but because the more you’ve spent on a piece of fish, the less you want to clutter it up with other plate filling distractions and stodge. I thought the best way was a kind of Thai-ish noodle salad, with the nice fresh flavours lifting the fish rather than bury it. Here’s the result and bugger me if it isn’t fantastic and something you should make and enjoy.

400gm of white-fleshed fish – I used red throated emperor.

200gm packet of sen yai noodles (flat white rice noodles), cooked/softened to packet instructions

1 red chili, finely sliced
a handful of coriander leaves
a smattering of mint leaves
half a red onion, very thinly sliced (VERY)

2-3 tbs of brown sugar
2-3 tablespoons of fish sauce
juice and finely grated rind of a lime

two free-range eggs with dash of fish sauce and a pinch of salt – made into a thin omlette and sliced into thin ribbons
a cup of unsalted peanuts, pan roasted (and can I for once not burn the bastards)
2 lebanese cucumbers, julienned and drained of excess liquid
one lime, eighthed

1. Cut the fish into chunks, stir-fry in oil and then put into a bowl with the chili, coriander, mint, and onion; allowing the hot fish to mingle with the flavours – possibly handing out a few business cards and asking them to get in touch. It should be warm.
2. Give the noodles a quick stir-fry to heat through a little – not to cook
3. Put the noodles in a bowl, add the contents of the bowl with the fish , cucumber, peanuts, and egg. Add the fish sauce/sugar/lime dressing
5. Garnish with lime and extra bits of coriander.


Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of it, so here’s a photo of Eva being opinionated:

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  1. jason’s avatar

    Anthony, I followed the directions excatly but it still dosent look like a beautiful baby girl. *giggles*
    Maybe i have to wait 9 months… :P

  2. Anthony’s avatar

    This, a couple of glasses of white wine, and doing the the dishes will get you well on the way.

  3. Helen’s avatar

    …I have notified the Authoritahs that there is a baby pictured on this blog


  4. Anthony’s avatar

    eek. I’m guilty. I can’t stop looking at the photo.

  5. Vicki’s avatar

    Hi Devo, It was a lovely meal. I’m going to try and re-create it Monday night for some friends. Great seeing you all, Vic x

  6. lady Chatterly’s avatar

    that red throated emperor fish musta been a girly fish.
    a naughty dirty little one
    hehe hey wonder if she gottit on with a whale.
    awww yuk and to think u ate her..straight after she gave head to a whale
    hehe hey did she have a s.t.r.a.n.g.e…smell?

  7. phoenixwoman’s avatar

    Oooh, going Thai is a good choice! Reasonably light on the sauces and oils, heavy on the stuff that best complements fish, and it’s good for you too.

    So how is the girl-child doing? Looks like she’s gearing up for her first tooth. Might as well have some decent whiskey around for gum-numbing (hers) and brain-numbing (yours).

  8. Angie’s avatar

    The recipe sounds lovely. And lol@the comparison between Eva and Brendan Nelson!

  9. Shefali Dhamija’s avatar

    hello Anthony…while reading some food blogs i came over your blog and saw your baby’s pics there…she is soooooooo cute and pretty.. i wish i could cuddle her direct through my laptop..
    your blog is quite good and informative..keep it up…

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