Hello fellow foodies and fashionistas. Welcome to TCW and thanks for visiting. Today I am sharing another street food from Sierra Leone. So today lady mother in law came over for a visit after church and had to modify my recipe. The only problem is that she arrived after I had already finished cooking. I was so chuffed to present her with my fish cakes only for her to take one bite and tell me that I had one ingredient too many in the recipe.
Lady MIL: Did you add baking powder?
Lady MIL: Hmmmm, I knew it. Next time skip it because it makes the fish cakes look more like pancakes and you don't want that.
Me: Okay Ma, if only you had arrived earlier we would not be in this situation but I will share it and let my readers know that the baking powder is not necessary.
Anywho, this fish cake is one of those afternoon snacks we use to buy from hawkers after school. You could hear them coming from afar shouting hoooot fish cake or fish cake dae, and we would have our monies ready so we can get some to enjoy while we walked home with our friends oh the nostalgia of it all.
Cut the fish into cubes and season with salt
Then chop onions and chili
In a large bowl mix the flour and baking powder (remember the baking powder is not necessary except if you don't want it to look too flat)
Then whisk in the water to form a batter
Then add 1 tsp tomato paste (this is just for color) and salt to taste
Then add the chopped onions and chili
Whisk to combine
Then add the fish (lady MIL said you can steam the fish which saves you from worrying whether the fish is properly cooked or not)
Mix it through the batter
Then deep fry in hot oil till golden brown
Drain on paper towel
And voila! Fish cakes a-plenty! Enjoy.