Thai Pork Cakes with Nam jim sauce

Hello Dear Reader,

A while ago, I picked up a tray of pork mince that had been marked down dramatically, at the end of the day, from our local supermarket. I was saving it for when the common green cucumbers are in season, to make stuffed cucumbers, which is another of my husbands late Grans recipes. It is made with pork mince, shiitake mushroom, ginger and light soy. You just mix all the ingredients together and spoon them in to the cucumbers (peeled, cut in half and seeds removed) they look like little boats, then you steam them, it's another really deliciously difference meal. 

As I keep forgetting to ask lovely hubby to check if they are in the supermarkets yet, I used that tray of pork mince in this recipe, this past week. It is basically the same as my Thai Fish Cake recipe but with pork mince and with the addition of lemongrass, ginger and garlic. They were a hit and just delicious with the Nam jim sauce.

Ingredients for Thai Pork Cakes, from top right- 2 tablespoons minced lemongrass, 1 to 2 spring onions, finely chopped, 1 clove of garlic and a 3 cm piece of ginger, grated on a microplane, 450 grams lean pork mince, 1 tablespoon fish sauce, 3 tablespoon red curry paste,
45 grams rice flour and 1 egg (not pictured) 

Finely chopped spring onion and grated ginger and garlic on a microplane 

Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until well incorporated 

With wet hands, form into little cakes and fry in a heavy based, non stick fry pan until golden brown and cooked through 

Serve with steamed rice, asian greens and Nam jim dipping sauce 

Nam jim Dipping Sauce
Ingredients for Nam jim dipping sauce 

Place all ingredients into TM bowl or food processor and blitz until smooth 

Nam jim dipping sauce, it is so delicious and versatile 

2 chillies, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, quartered
2 spring onions, roughly chopped
Juice of one lime
2 tablespoons oil (I use Rice Bran Oil)
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander (I grow Perennial Coriander)

Place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and blitz until smooth 


So, tell me, does anyone go to the supermarket near closing time to check out marked down, fresh produce? Where have you found the best markdowns?

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