Friday, April 15, 2016

Where do You Like to Dip Your (Fish) Balls?

Do you remember how we spent our afternoons when we were still kids? Me? I just usually play street games like patintero and taguan with my friends. And when we start to get hungry, the slightest hint of manong’s fishball aroma leads us to drop everything and head over to manong's cart! Fishballs still has its appeal to me and I probably will never get tired of it (or at least not anytime soon).
Fishballs and Fishball Sauce

Most people I know have already tried making tuhog some fishballs and loved dipping their balls on sweet or hot sauce! I know the taste is not the same for all fishball vendors and sometimes I’m picky. Fishballs are available in bigger supermarkets and they all taste the same so I’m good with every brand I bought. 
Fishballs and Fishball Sauce
My sister had amoebiasis and she was recommended not to eat any type of street food. So we just thought making our favorite afternoon snacks at home! We made our own banana-Q, turon, lumpiang toge, etc. We bought and fried fishballs at home but just dipped it on sweet and chili sauce. We felt something was missing and the fishball experience is not complete. So I searched online for the best home-made fishball sauce and I found CertifiedFoodies’recipe. We tried it and true to its promise, it really tastes like manong’s fishball sauce! I would like to share this recipe here too! Please see ingredients and procedure below.

4 cups water
2 tbsps cornstarch
2 tbsps flour
¾ cup brown sugar
4 tbsps soy sauce
1 small red onion, chopped
2 small garlic cloves, minced
1 siling labuyo (optional)
1 tsp salt

1.  In a sauce pan, dissolve cornstarch, flour and brown sugar in water and soy sauce. 
2. Simmer mixture over medium heat, stirring frequently.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients and reduce heat.
4. Remove pan from heat.
5. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve!
Preparing Fishball Sauce
Fishball Sauce
The source of this recipe said she used Silver Swan soy sauce, I'm not sure if I did. I also added a little bit more sugar. It still turned out good. The first time I tried it, I used a 2-3 large cloves of garlic and it had a very strong taste. It wasn't that good.  So I just used 2 small garlic cloves on my second try. I haven’t tried adding sprite, maybe I will next time. Also, I didn’t add siling labuyo. I don’t like my fishball sauce hot.
Fishball Sauce
You can fry your fishballs after you’re done with the sauce or fry it at the same time you're making the sauce. It doesn't matter. I just don’t like to multitask! Hahahaha! We also tried the sauce with chicken and squid balls. My sister had yet another street food adventure at the comfort of our home. For me, nothing beats making tuhog-tuhog while wrestling with other fishball eaters! But making this home-made fishball sauce is still good because you can be sure that it's clean and you can double dip!!! 
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