Nga Tong -a delicious kind of spicy fish dip or paste that’s served as a side dish or accompaniment to Burmese meals and which is actually exceptionally easy to make. Now we’re talking about a fresh fish dish, bearing no resemblance whatever to, for instance, Cambodia’s notorious fermented fish dip, prahok.
Prahok is infamous for its main ingredient – a highly pungent, or stinking, depending on your point of view, fermented fish paste. However when well prepared it’s a real treat – a creamy, lightly spiced dip for fresh vegetables as above but anyway, back to Burma!
We were told to take a whole fish, fry it and then fillet it since in Burma fish only come whole and you don’t nip down the supermarket for a couple of frozen fillets but they would do fine and any reasonably firm white-fleshed freshwater fish would do fine. Lightly fry the fish then roughly crush it into flakes with a fork, let it cool and add crushed garlic, finely chopped chillies and salt and that’s it! Serve with a goods sized squeeze of fresh lime. Ingredient proportions are of course up to personal taste and strength of the chillies and garlic so best to keep adding slowly and keep tasting.
It is, as we said, generally eaten as an accompaniment, not a dish or starter in its own right but it would probably work well as ‘nibbles’ with say some prawn crackers or poppadoms along side or try out one of these Burmese curry recipes we came across here?
Cheers and bon appetit!