I ate these Thai Fritters with Corn and Coriander in Thailand the day we took a boat from a town called Tratt on the Mekong to Sianoukville in Cambodia. I was SO hungover it wasn't funny and wasn't looking forward to the trip. Upon arrival to our boat, they were literally about to pull out of the dock as we jumped out of our tuk-tuk. We ran, waving our arms for them to "Stoppppp!"
Thankfully they did and we ran through the crowds of food sellers to hop on board. Knowing we had a day on the boat, we needed water at the very least - the boat was pretty basic and definitely had no cafe.
I grabbed what I could from one man - he threw all kinds of stuff in a bag and I paid him - most likely $300, but I was in no position to do a quick currency conversion so just threw some cash and ran. Upon inspection, inside the bag were bottles of water, bananas, nuts and chips, some deep fried prawn shells a red curry in a bag and some mystery vegetable fritters. "It could have been worse", I thought.
Thai Vegetable Fritters - a crunchy delight.
The cold fritters had not lost any of their crunch - I wasn't sure of the vegetable, but did see corn and maybe yam. They were SPICY and came with a little pouch of chilli sauce, which I spilled on myself so didn't get to taste. The fishy dipping sauce had also leaked in the bag, luckily it was delicious as it had coated everything. The red curry was weird and bitter so we threw it away.
These fritters did the job of hangover helper no end. Fried food is a great antidote to over indulgence. They got me through the journey so I was appreciative.
Upon our return home, I looked up these fritters and discovered they're common street food in the south of Thailand and come in all forms, using whatever vegetables you have at hand. I had some sweetcorn hanging around when I fist made them but liked them so much, that they are now just Thai Sweetcorn fritters.
I toned down the spice in mine and normally serve with a spicy dipping sauce instead. They're great as a snack, or part of a larger Thai selection. Super crunchy and addictive.