Fish Ball Craving

by - Sunday, July 10, 2011

Three weeks ago, I was craving for fried fish balls.  If I were in the Philippines at that very moment, pleasing my palate could have been uncomplicated.  I only had to go to the nearest mall and choose one from the many fish ball stalls and my problem – addressed.  However, that wasn’t the case.

If there’s one important thing that living in Sweden has taught me,  it is to improve my cooking skills!  So far, so good.

That same day three weeks ago, I was determined to try frying some fish balls.  Bebe’s colleague went out fishing and shared his day’s catch with us.  No thinking twice,  I cleaned, filleted and boiled the fish.  I then mashed the boiled fillets, added flour, finely chopped onions, crushed garlic, water, salt, sugar, ground black pepper and cayenne pepper.  I mixed the batter and I was ready to fry my first ever homemade fish balls.

Fry fish balls, fry!

I was so eager to taste my little experiment so instead of spending time turning them into balls, I just scraped tiny amounts using a tablespoon and dropped them into the very hot oil.  It only took 30-45 seconds to fry each batch to perfection.  Quick, ‘eh?

To go with my plate of fish balls was a small bowl of sweet and sour sauce that I cooked while busy frying the balls.  Talk about multi-tasking!

Fried fishballs served with sweet and sour sauce.

I did not Google for recipes.  Instead, I trusted my gut and everything went fine… even better than expected.  The fish balls were a delight.  Crunchy on the outside.  Chewy on the inside.  The sauce --- perfect!

When you’re in another country or place and your taste buds crave for something that’s nowhere to be found, do you try and make the dish on your own or do you wait until the day you get back home?

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  1. hi maxi! you're so cleaver! the fried fish paste looks yummy~licious! oh, and the sound of sweet & sour sauce to go with it makes it even yummier! good job, woman! :)

  2. Hello jean! T'was yummy-licious for sure. Will fry some more in days to come. I got addicted :)

  3. :) :) :) :) :) :)

  4. Woo hoo!!!!!! I had to refresh 5x sweetie but now I can finally comment!!!! :) :) :) :)

  5. Not sure if it's silly JS... having similar prob with my main blog grrrrrrrr........

  6. Anyway wanted to say fish ball from scratch????? OMG! And they look yummy and crispy and I want some NOW!!!!! Hahahahahahah....

  7. Enjoy the rest of ur weekend sweetie! :* :* :*

  8. Ginagawa ko din yang ganyang fishballs. hehehe! Dito naman halos araw araw may dumadaang nagtitinda ng fiahball kaya nakakasawa na din. lol!

  9. nice, fish balls are really good and yummy! ;)



  10. Some says, its all in the sauce. Congrats to your new found recipe hehe. Oh by the way, I have a recipe blog site. Maybe you can feature it there?

  11. How awesome Maxi! :) I have never tried to make my own fish balls, it's just a kanto away from me.. :-P

  12. As a matter of fact, before coming here, Lucas and I went for a little stroll and ate some fishballs and tok neneng at our suking tindahan.. :-D

  13. I'm so glad everything turned out well for you, I never thought that fishballs were made with simple ingredients.. :) Awesome Maxi! :)

  14. Jadey G Samson23 July 2011 at 14:06

    Wow that looks yummy Maxi! Where I live, there's no fishball too so we just make our own :)


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