Fish balls are a cultural delicacy of the Philippines. They say that going to the country without eating fish ball is not a complete Philippine experience. Fish balls can be bought from street vendors with their wooden push carts. They cook the fish ball on a medium pan with cooking oil and served hot to the customers.
Fish balls are served skewered to a barbecue stick, or on plastic cups filled with various sauce option like spicy sauce (white or orange colored) made of vinegar, water, diced onions and garlic; sweet sauce (brown gravy colored) made of corn starch, banana ketchup, sugar and salt; and sweet/sour sauce (amber or deeper orange colored) made of sweet variety with many added small red chili.
Fish balls sold at the streets are bought from public markets. The balls are packed by kilo like hotdogs and kikiam. Preparing your own homemade fish ball is easy. Just follow through the steps in the next lines.
Fish Ball Ingredients
2 Kg Fish : maya-maya, talakitok, apahap, lapu-lapu, karpa
4 Pieces of carrots
2 Pieces garlic
4 Pieces eggs
2 Cups cornstarch
Salt, Vetsin, Soy sauce, Ginger, Pepper,
Fish Ball Procedure
In fish ball making, the fish flesh are shredded or coarsely grounded. The fish then undergoes extended time of mixing with some additional amount of salt until a smooth texture is reached. The fish ball making process stretched and unravels prior tangled protein strands in the fish meat, which produces a mass that has firm bouncy texture that can be made to balls.
1. Fillet the fish and poach in brine water and added ginger.
2. After 3 to 5 minutes, flake the fish.
3. Soften peeled carrots and potatoes by boiling in another cooking vessel.
4. Grind fish flakes, potatoes, carrots, garlic, and egg.
5. Add cornstarch and flour in bowl, then add the previous mixture with salt and pepper and thoroughly mix.
6. Make the fish balls in 10cm diameter.
The product is fish balls that can be packed and sold frozen. It can also be cooked for home made fish ball menu by deep frying until cooked. Serve with either 3 forms of fish ball sauce.