20 April 2021

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Tuna Recipes for Lent Part 2: Vietnam and Thailand

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For the second part of the series, we will visit Vietnam and Thailand and try making some finger food starting with Vietnamese spring rolls.

Vietnamese spring rolls are super easy and require no cooking at all.  Of all the ingredients the most difficult one to find is possibly the rice paper wrapper but most groceries carry it.

Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Tuna

Every time I eat at Pho Hoa, I always make sure to order fresh spring rolls for starters.  They are light and tasty and crunchy!  I rarely, if at all eat this as a viand, but it could be.

Fresh Spring Rolls with Tuna

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Vietnamese
Keyword: spring rolls, tuna
Servings: 5

Ingredients

  • 1 can (185 g) San Miguel Del Mar Tuna in Water, drained
  • 3 tbsp Hoisin sauce
  • 5 pieces rice paper wrappers
  • 1 piece (100 g) cucumber, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 piece (80 g) carrot, sliced into thin strips
  • 5 sprigs cilantro or basil
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce leaves
  • 2 tbsp Magnolia Real Mayonnaise

Instructions

  • Mix tuna and 2 tablespoons of hoisin sauce together. Set aside.
  • Fill a shallow bowl with warm water. Dip rice paper carefully until it softens.
  • Lay rice paper on a flat surface and while soft, quickly place 1 to 2 tablespoons of tuna in the center, then add several pieces of cucumber strips, carrot strips, cilantro, and shredded lettuce.
  • Fold the sides of the wrapper inwards, then tightly roll. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
  • To make hoisin sauce, mix together the remaining hoisin and mayonnaise. Serve with the spring rolls.

Notes

Use a combination of fresh vegetables and herbs in making the rolls such as cucumber, red radish, bean sprouts, bell peppers, zucchini, shredded cabbage, leeks, and mint leaves.
Do not oversoak rice papers in water as it will become soggy and sticky.
Space assembled spring rolls apart to prevent them from sticking to each other.
Hoisin from scratch (about 1/2 cup): 1/4 cup soy sauce, 2 tbsp peanut butter or black bean paste, 1 tbsp brown sugar, honey or molasses, 2 tsp rice wine or white wine vinegar, 2 tsp sesame oil, 1 clove garlic minced or 1/8 tsp garlic powder, 1/8 tsp ground black pepper, 1 tsp hot sauce

Thai Fish Cakes

Thai fish cakes are like seafood burgers.  This is a good recipe for lent.  You could use any fish but canned tuna is an easy solution.

Thai Fish Cakes

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: patty, tuna
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 can (185 g) San Miguel Del Mar Tuna Chunks in Water, drained
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha or preferred chili sauce
  • 2 tbsp chopped green onions
  • 2 tbsp chopped Thai basil leaves or coriander leaves
  • 1 piece Magnolia Brown Egg
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup Golden Fry Palm Oil

Instructions

  • Combine tuna, Sriracha, green onions, basil, egg, and breadcrumbs in a bowl. Break tuna apart with a fork to mix well. Form mixture into 2 tablespoon patties. If the mixture is runny, add more breadcrumbs.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan, fry fish cakes until golden brown. Serve with extra Sriracha sauce.

Notes

Tips:

  • Substitute breadcrumbs with mashed potatoes for a different texture.
  • Chill patties to set before frying.
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