In Thai "kimao" means drunk. However unlike the Chinese "drunken" dishes, which are marinated in alcohol, Thai "kimao" dishes are eaten by drunks - i.e. they are traditional bar food. Sometimes, like this one, they are believed to "put a lining on your stomach" to allow you to drink more.
Whatever the origin this is an interesting treatment for a whole fish. You can use any sort of fish. You want one weighing about a pound. Thais leave the head on.
The chiles used in this are a large chile called prik chi fa in Thai. Jalapenos are probably the nearest equivalent if you can't get the Thai chiles.
The fish is cleaned, the sides slashed and the fish is either dredged in flour or coated with a light batter, and then deep fried in fairly hot oil for about five minutes each side. The fish is then removed to a large plate or serving platter.
Posted by WingsFan91 at Recipe Goldmine 11/15/2001 3:28 pm
Special thanks to Muoi Khuntilanont.