Today Joanne shows you how to make some of the most popular Taiwanese Street Food. In Taiwanese it’s called “O-len” or in Chinese it’s “Tem-bu-ra”. These creations are basically blended fish mixed with flour and spices to make various shapes, which are then fried or cooked in water – or even fried and then cooked in water! You can find this food all over Taiwan and its one of the most popular hot snacks sold in the 7-11 convenience stores which are everywhere in Taiwan. Joanne’s “O-Len” are the best I’ve ever tasted!

Taiwan fish cakes

Taiwan fish cakes with chili sauce dip

The ingredients 食材;

  • 500g of mixed fish (we used seabass, cod, haddock and octopus)
  • 300g potato or corn flour 太白粉
  • 150g carrots
  • 1/3 bowl of Taiwanese rice wine
  • 2 bowls of iced water
  • 10 normal ice cubes
  • Spices: 1tbsp salt, 1tbsp sugar, 1tbsp fish powder, 1tsp white pepper
Taiwan fish cakes

Taiwan fish cakes, especially for you!

The method 作法;

  1. First of all prepare the fish. Take the fish meat from the bones and also remove any skin.
  2. Chop up your octopus into very small pieces, put half of this to one side, we will keep these pieces to give some extra texture to the blended fish mixture!
  3. Now blend the other half of the octopus with all the fish you have, adding in the salt, the ice cubes and the iced water, stop blending when it’s like thick cream.
  4. Quickly blend your carrots we like to keep some little chuncks of carrot.
  5. Get a large mixing bowl and mix together the blended fish, carrot, flour, spices and shopped octopus – that’s everything!
  6. Cover this mixture and place it in your fridge overnight… Or at least 3 hours if you are impatient!
  7. Get your cooled blended fish mixture from the fridge.
  8. Get ready a pan of hot water (about 40 degrees C) and a pan of hot oil (about 180 degrees C)
  9. Make fish balls for the hot water (don’t boil this keep it low!)
  10. Make fish “Tem-bu-ra” shapes like a disc and like a sausage – these are to deep-fry until golden brown.
  11. That’s it you have two great examples of Taiwanese Street Food! Serve with chili sauce, ketchup or salt ‘n’ pepper powder.
Taiwan fish cakes and fish balls

Taiwan fish cakes and fish balls

Joanne has recorded a how to make Taiwanese fried fish cakes 甜不辣-黑輪 video so you can see and follow the exact step-by-step method, chopping sizes and the timings she uses. Remember these “O-Len” will probably be the best you have tasted because you can choose the fish and other ingredients that go into them, also you can have a lot higher percentage of fish than cheap mass-produced food.

How to make Taiwanese fried fish cakes 甜不辣-黑輪 video

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