After months of begging to make my own version of Filipino Fish Ball, I felt deep pity for my husband and so, I finally granted his request last night. “Yeah right!,” this might be Rowel’s reply after reading my opening salvo. I hope not, otherwise, I am going to tell him, “AMALAYER (I’m a liar)?” 😛 I just love teasing him because he is the craziest! 😀
Anyway, since most of my readers are always asking me for recipes, I am sharing with you how I made the fishballs I served for my love’s dinner last night:
Ingredients and Cooking Process:
(It’s just an experiment so, the ingredients I put in were just estimates…)
Fish Fillets (preferably Tuna, Salmon, Mackerel Cad, Tilapia)
Salt and Pepper
Slice the lemon in about half an inch thick crosswise. Then, arrange them in a cooking pot.
Season the fish fillets with salt and pepper and put them on top of the lemon slices.
- Add the julienned ginger and three big pieces of fresh coriander.
- Pour about half a cup of orange juice into the pan and cook the fish over medium to high heat.
- Once it’s cooked, drain and flake the fish.
medium size onion
cheddar or cream cheese
Except for the fish, flour, yeast and cheese; put all the ingredients in a blender or food chopper/processor to ensure they are minced.
- Pour the minced ingredients in a bowl; then, add the flaked fish, flour, egg and yeast. I like my balls kind of under-seasoned, so I don’t normally add more salt – just pepper.
- Mix everything well.
- Out of the mixture, form pingpong-size balls.
- Insert a small size of cheese inside each ball before frying.
onion (finely chopped)
Chopped Chili (optional)
Simply mix all the ingredients well and adjust according to taste. Whoala! It’s ready!
I don’t have a food chopper and I was kind of lazy to use our blender. Consequently, the ingredients were not minced and the balls turned out to have that big crunchy chunks that I didn’t like.
Tip: Blend or finely chop the ingredients to achieve that smooth-textured balls, so that all you’ll see is just the opaque white color.
The balls were submerged in hot oil… I got so excited when they started to float!
Here’s the perfectly fried balls… Let’s eat! 😀
And yes, I made my own vinegar dipping! 🙂 It went perfectly well with the fish balls.
SEE THE SURPRISE!?! 🙂
I wasn’t really satisfied with the result of my experiment, because the fish I used wasn’t that tasty. Nonetheless, my husband and I still had happy tummies! Just a warning though, never use cream dory fillet for making fish balls or else you will fail.