As one of my favorite foods as a child, teenager and well, now, ‘oh-deng’ aka fried fish cakes
are probably one of the most unhealthiest foods in Asian cuisine — that
is, unless you make them yourself with quality ingredients. Oh-deng is fundamentally like crabs cakes — mashed up fish and flour with some oil and maybe some veggies then fried. However, they aren’t
re-battered with breadcrumbs before dunking them in a big pot of hot
oil, nor are they usually prepared at home.
Oh-deng comes in various shapes and sizes and are stir-fried as
banchan (side dishes, used in kimbap (Korean nori rolls – the brownish
beige-ish thing in the picture below), or in a soup.