Homemade Fish Balls
Everyone knows and loves fish balls. It’s one of those kinds of food that can be easily found anywhere, on food stalls in the mall or just anywhere on the streets. The thing about buying fish balls is that sometimes, it doesn’t taste like fish at all. With this Pinoy recipe, you get to make authentic and delicious fish balls! Learn the recipe with a bonus on how to make your own sweet and spicy sauce.
What You Need
- 500 grams fish flesh
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- ¼ cup cold water
- sweet and spicy sauce:
- 2 cups water
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1 head garlic, minced
- 3 shallots, finely chopped
- 4 Thai chili peppers, chopped
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
What To Do
- Grind the fish flesh in a food processor until it forms into a thick paste. Transfer into a bowl.
- Combine the fish paste with salt, sugar, cornstarch, and water. Mix with your clean hands and then shape into a big bowl. Repeatedly slap onto the bowl for 15 minutes or until the fish paste becomes smooth.
- Portion the mixture using a tablespoon and shape into balls.
- In a pot over medium heat, boil 4 quarts of water. Drop fish balls and cook for 1 minute or when they float on top. Use a slotted spoon to remove fish balls and allow to cool on the side.
- In a wide pan, pour 2 inches of oil and heat it up. Add fish balls and cook, stirring occasionally until the turn golden brown and puffy.
- Remove from heat and drain excess oil with paper towels.
- In a saucepot, combine water, soy sauce, garlic, shallots, chili pepper, brown sugar, flour, cornstarch, salt, and pepper. Mix until well-blended.
- Bring to a boil while stirring regularly for 5 minutes until thickened. Serve with the fish balls.