Are you a fan of street foods? And you’ve been craving for the fish balls, kikiam, kwek-kwek, and many more while dipping to its sauce. Yummy, right? Well, you can make them at home and get the authentic flavour of sauce for your favourite snacks.
Street foods in the Philippines are very popular it is sold by the street vendor with a rolling cart. His cart has a frying pan in it that he uses for cooking. Then all you need to do is get a skewer and make “tusok tusok” (an act of getting something with the use of wooden sticks) of your desired variety of street foods and most importantly, don’t forget to dip it in their famous sauce of Manong Vendor.
One of my favorite street foods is the fish balls. It is very easy to prepare at home. There is already a pre-made fish ball that you can buy anywhere in the market or even at the grocery store. Fish ball is the most common street food in the Philippines and even considered as Filipino delicacy though it originates from China. Because of that we called it “bola-bola” (round shape) but it is literally flat in shape and made from cuttlefish or pollock grounded into a paste then deep fried in cooking oil and best served with different sauces that range from sweet to spicy.
You can see it anywhere in the corner of the streets especially nearby schools. I’m sure you also have a special memory with you. I remember it when I was in college with my classmates. After class before we part ways we go to Manong magfi-fishball and eat our favourite street food snacks. And it is really so much fun remembering it that you need to fight over who gets first and dip to the sauce. It is really a delicious experience indeed!
Yummy Fishball Sauce
One thing very special about Filipino street foods is its yummy sauce of Manong Vendor. Because they have the sweet and sour sauce taste. And sometimes they also serve it with vinegar sauce filled with different spices like cucumber bits, pepper, and other spicy chillies. However, you can try it both and you will surely love it.
Fish balls aren’t good without its dipping sauce and now you can make it at home by just using a simple ingredient that you can find at home. Now, let me share with you my recipes on how to cook the famous street sauce for fish balls. Follow my instructions below. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Yummy sauce for your favorite snacks.
- 4 cups water extra 3 tbsp
- 3 ybsp cornstarch
- 3/4 cup brown sugar or 1 cup washed sugar
- 4 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp vinegar optional
- 1 small red onion minced
- 2 gloves garlic minced
- 1 pc siling labuyo (chilli pepper) optional
- salt and pepper
First of all make a cornstarch Mixture. Combine 3 tablespoon of water and 3 tablespoons of cornstarch in a small bowl and whisk it completely with the use of a spoon until it appears thin and white. Then add a small amount of water as desired. Remember not to use a hot water. The cornstarch will help your sauce thicken.
Also, get a small saucepan and place 4 cups of water (approx. less than 1L) along with ¾ cup of brown sugar or 1cup of washed sugar and 4 tablespoons of soy sauce. Combine it all and stir well then start to turn the stove on to medium heat. Let it boil and stir occasionally until the sugar dissolves completely
Furthermore, reduce the heat of your saucepan and pour the cornstarch mixture gradually until the sauces begin to thicken. Just continue stirring your sauce to prevent the sauce from getting lumpy.
Lastly, when the sauce becomes thick, add the minced onions and garlic, and siling labuyo (optional). Add seasonings of salt and pepper. Adjust the taste according to your taste. Stir it and voila! Your street style sauce is now ready to serve
You can refrigerate the remaining sauce and use it less a week. Besides that you can also put a little amount of vinegar about 1 tsp to make the sauce life longer. I hope you like it!