Sunday, February 1, 2009

DIY Fishball Sauce

I've had the best fishballs in UP Diliman. Their fishballs being the commercially available ones, I cannot really say that taste-wise, they're any different from the rest. What's markedly different about them is that vendors there take pains in keeping their stalls clean and their food sanitary. It's a bonus that they also have very good dipping sauce which they keep pristine by serving the fishballs in elongated cardboard containers and only pouring the sauce over the fishballs in that container. Practically no dipping. Anywhere else, I always have my reservations buying these delicious deep-fried little morsels. Especially when I see people double dip their half-eaten stick of fishballs in the sauce containers. Yuck.

I do not go to UP as much as I did a couple of years ago and I really miss having my favorite street food there. And since I really can't eat them anywhere else, I've missed having it altogether. Good thing that I can buy fishballs from the market, in which case, I can just fry them at home.

As for the dipping sauce, I've learned to make my own at home. At home I can be sure what goes in the sauce. It's just as good as the street version. Plus, I can double dip all I want.

Fishball Sauce

Ingredients:
1 1/2 c. water
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. all purpose flour
1/4 c. brown sugar
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 small red onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 siling labuyo (red chili pepper), sliced

Procedure:
In a sauce pan, dissolve cornstarch, flour, and brown sugar in water. Stir in soy sauce. Put pan on the stove and bring to a boil. Add red onion, garlic, and siling labuyo. Omit the chili if you prefer a sweet rather than a spicy dipping sauce. Reduce heat. Stir constantly to prevent scorching. Simmer until sauce thickens.

34 comments:

♥u8mYpiNkco0kiEs♥ said...

i agree... the fishball sauce sold sa streets are yummy. hehe thanks for the recipe.. hopefully magaya ko :)

Kristine said...

I'm sure you will! :)

superbok said...

great recipe. thanks!

Kristine said...

You're welcome. I've been trying out some variations on this recipe. I hope to blog about them soon. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I just tried it & it's almost like the ones on the streets. maybe it'll taste better the second time I make it =)

Kristine said...

Instead of 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, use 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour. The flour gives the sauce consistency similar to the original street version. :)

Anonymous said...

When I'd tried it its like I'm in the Philippines. Thank u so much for sharing the recipe. Regards!

Kristine said...

Glad to be of help!

Kristine said...

FYI, I just made some improvements on the recipe. Particularly in terms of thickener and by throwing in some garlic. Oh, the stuff you get from observation!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe! I'm a UP Diliman alumni and currently in Boston. I bought all these fishballs and stuff, having cravings for UP street foods but didn't know how to make the sauce. This is very helpful. =)

Kristine said...

Nothing brings a UP alumni back better than street food. :) I hope you like the recipe!

yobcultsco said...

Really glad I found the recipe now we can do our own fishballs & squidballs perhaps I can dabble a pinch of cayenne powder and see or taste the outcome but this innovations/modifications (sounds so technical) will come later after I have tried and cooked your fishball sauce. Daghang Salamat.

Kristine said...

Please do share the results of your variations on this recipe. This recipe itself is a product of the hit-or-miss methodology. ;)

twofiveone said...

I have this printed out already, but when I started preparing it today, I just realized I ran out of the regular soy sauce, so I put Kikkoman. It is so different, I'll never do that again.

Kristine said...

Oh, yeah, sorry about that. I wouldn't recommend Kikkoman, too. Better stick with the basic soy sauce brands like Marca Pina and Silver Swan. Hope your next batch turns out better. :)

Darlene said...

Yuck yuck pa kayo jan.. Ang mga laway ng mga Constuction worker at mga Squatters ang nagpapasarap sa Fishball sauce sa kalye

Anonymous said...

thanks for this recipe.! happy new year!

Kristine said...

You're welcome! Happy new year to you, too!

Lavern Owie said...

perfect post. very yummy recipe. thanks for sharing this recipe. God bless

chloette said...

perfect,at last i found the perfect recipe of this....tnx a lot,my sis will love this too......

Kristine said...

You're welcome. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the recipe. I love fish ball in u.p. We can now start our own fish ball business. Red

Kristine said...

Always a pleasure to know that I was able to help out. Good luck with your venture!

SOMERHALDER said...

HEY!

I haven't tried the recipe yet, but sure will soon! thanks a lot<3 I miss PINAS but thanks to you I can bring it to my HOUSE haha <3

Kristine said...

You're welcome!

Anonymous said...

i added 1 more tbsp of soy sauce, 1 tbsp brown sugar and salt, pepper and msg.

Kristine said...

Thanks for sharing!

Lakay said...

Hi,

At the moment I am cooking fishball and tired of using sweet chili sauce. Seen youn site from google search. I will try your recipe for a change!

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Anonymous said...

I tried adding a bit of vinegar and it was awesome! :)

Anny said...

thanks for this! :D

Anonymous said...

add 1 tsp of iodized salt, fresh ground pepper and 1/8 cup more brown sugar. if u can also chop the onion garlic and siling labuyo to most minced u can, it'll be awesome. thank u for the base recipe! :))

Kristine said...

You're welcome!

Aimee said...

I just tried this and it turned out great! Now I don't have to miss too much being out in the streets in the Philippines munching on fish balls... I can make them right in my cocina here in Madrid! Muchas gracias for sharing! :)

Kristine said...

You're welcome, Aimee!

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