Our Thanksgiving table usually consists of roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, salads, casseroles, duck curry, dhal puri, and pholourie to name a few. It’s all so West Indian, yet still wholly American. I know it sounds strange to my non-West Indian friends when I tell them what’s on my menu for Thanksgiving. However for our family, the togetherness and warmth we feel all comes from the inclusion of our cultural food. It’s what connects us. It brings about conversation and we reminisce on childhood memories. No Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without these important foods, and to be honest, it wouldn’t feel like home.
咸鱼 cakes grace our table every year for Thanksgiving or Christmas. We only made them for special occasions as they were a lot of work. This recipe is a cross between my aunty Savi and my mom’s way. Aunty Savi makes these into oval-shapes, and adds chopped onion; while mom makes them flat and round, coats in breadcrumbs and omits the onion- she 说 onions“spoil”the mixture after being out at room temperature for a while. No matter your cultural background, if you enjoy salted cod fish, then you’ll love these little cakes.
Whenever I do make these little cakes, I always get rave reviews on how plump and well-seasoned they are; not too much potato and not dry or stiff. They are spicy, but everyone seems to love that aspect. Aunty Savi always said,“fish cake does need 好 佩帕” 好 meaning a lot of pepper! I used wiri wiri pepper for this batch, but you can use any hot pepper. I removed the seeds as the skin around the seed is the hottest part of the pepper; the outside is what contains the most flavor. Garlic, scallions, salt and a bit of paprika completes the flavoring. I’ve only ever had 鱼饼s with mango sour, but I think other dips would work wonderfully 这里 as well. Perhaps a mango salsa or a tartar sauce.
- Potato must still have a give to it, meaning when pierced with a fork, the potato doesn’t fall apart. You’re looking for a texture where it can hold the fish together and keep a shape. Try to not to over-boil potatoes.
- 浸入洗鸡蛋液（1个打蛋+ 1汤匙水）