Fried Chinese Chive Cakes are a favorite snack that Thais inherited from our Chinese immigrants. Fresh Chinese chives on their own do not have much flavor, but have a spiciness that resembles garlic. When stir-fried, the leaves transform into a tasty vegetable dish.
Combining the sauce, the crunchy fried cake exterior and the tender cake on the inside makes Fried Chinese Chive Cakes a hit.
In Thailand, you see the same vendor offering both chive dumplings and chive cakes. While the flavors are comparable, the Chive Cakes are so much easier to make. I personally prefer eating the cakes to the dumplings.