Fried Dried Fish with Watermelon Recipe
 
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Here is a summer dish that showcases the wisdom of creating complex flavors through simplicity. Using just lightly salted semi-dried snakehead fish, golden deep-fried shallots and a sweetening agent (either sugar or coconut), we create a condiment that partners perfectly with pieces of sweet juicy watermelon.
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Recipe type: snack
Cuisine: Thai
Serves: 40
Ingredients
Modern Version
  • 200 gr (1 cup) Sun dried serpent-head fish meat
  • 1 1/2 cups Crispy deep fried shallots
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt (optional)
Khoon Muaang Raatniguun’s version
  • 400 gr (2 cup) Sun dried serpent-head fish meat
  • 1 liter Coconut cream
  • 2 cups Crispy deep fried shallots
Method
Modern Version
  1. Deep fry sliced shallots until golden crisp.Fried Dried Fish with Watermelon (ผัดปลาแห้งแตงอุลิต ; phat bplaa haaeng dtaaeng oo lit)
  2. Rinse the fish, and let dry again.Fried Dried Fish with Watermelon (ผัดปลาแห้งแตงอุลิต ; phat bplaa haaeng dtaaeng oo lit)
  3. Separate the meat from the bones and skin.Fried Dried Fish with Watermelon (ผัดปลาแห้งแตงอุลิต ; phat bplaa haaeng dtaaeng oo lit)
  4. Roast the fish meat on low heat until powdery.Fried Dried Fish with Watermelon (ผัดปลาแห้งแตงอุลิต ; phat bplaa haaeng dtaaeng oo lit)
  5. Add white sugar.Fried Dried Fish with Watermelon (ผัดปลาแห้งแตงอุลิต ; phat bplaa haaeng dtaaeng oo lit)
  6. Mix everything together.Fried Dried Fish with Watermelon (ผัดปลาแห้งแตงอุลิต ; phat bplaa haaeng dtaaeng oo lit)
  7. Add crispy fried shallots.Fried Dried Fish with Watermelon (ผัดปลาแห้งแตงอุลิต ; phat bplaa haaeng dtaaeng oo lit)
  8. Mix everything together.Fried Dried Fish with Watermelon (ผัดปลาแห้งแตงอุลิต ; phat bplaa haaeng dtaaeng oo lit)
  9. Place in a serving dish.Fried Dried Fish with Watermelon (ผัดปลาแห้งแตงอุลิต ; phat bplaa haaeng dtaaeng oo lit)
  10. Sprinkle over slices of watermelon. Serve.Fried Dried Fish with Watermelon (ผัดปลาแห้งแตงอุลิต ; phat bplaa haaeng dtaaeng oo lit)
Khoon Muaang Raatniguun’s Version
  1. Cook coconut cream over low heat with constant stirring.Fried Dried Fish with Watermelon (ผัดปลาแห้งแตงอุลิต ; phat bplaa haaeng dtaaeng oo lit)
  2. The coconut cream cracks and oil starts to render out.Fried Dried Fish with Watermelon (ผัดปลาแห้งแตงอุลิต ; phat bplaa haaeng dtaaeng oo lit)
  3. The khee lo:h oil is ready for use.Fried Dried Fish with Watermelon (ผัดปลาแห้งแตงอุลิต ; phat bplaa haaeng dtaaeng oo lit)
  4. Add the shredded fish meat.Fried Dried Fish with Watermelon (ผัดปลาแห้งแตงอุลิต ; phat bplaa haaeng dtaaeng oo lit)
  5. Fry the fish until golden and crispy.Fried Dried Fish with Watermelon (ผัดปลาแห้งแตงอุลิต ; phat bplaa haaeng dtaaeng oo lit)
  6. Strain excess oil.Fried Dried Fish with Watermelon (ผัดปลาแห้งแตงอุลิต ; phat bplaa haaeng dtaaeng oo lit)
  7. Add crispy fried shallots.Fried Dried Fish with Watermelon (ผัดปลาแห้งแตงอุลิต ; phat bplaa haaeng dtaaeng oo lit)
  8. Sprinkle over slices of watermelon and/or pineapple. Serve.Fried Dried Fish with Watermelon (ผัดปลาแห้งแตงอุลิต ; phat bplaa haaeng dtaaeng oo lit)
Recipe by Thaifoodmaster at https://thaifoodmaster.com/origin/traditional/5244