Vietnamese Recipes & Cuisines (Appetizers)

Fish Ball Starters Recipe

Ingredients : Makes 30 fish ball starters

400 g

750 ml


15 cloves

25 g

60 g


1 teaspoon

1/2 teaspoon

250 ml

White fish fillets


Medium onion, finely chopped

Garlic, chopped

Chopped spring onions


Eggs, lightly beaten


Freshly ground black pepper


Method :
  • Clean fish fillets well, making sure to remove any remaining fish bones.

  • Put the water in a pot and bring to the boil. Drop the fillets into the water and let cook for about 5 minutes or until flesh is slightly firm, but not flaky.

  • Remove fillets from water.

  • Mash the fillets and mix with onions, garlic, spring onions, flour and eggs.

  • Season with salt and pepper and mix thoroughly to form a smooth batter.

  • Shape the batter into small balls.

  • Heat the oil in a wok. Place the balls in one by one, making sure each ball is completely submerged in the oil for even cooking. You may have to cook the balls in batches.

  • Cook until fish balls are lightly browned.

  • Remove from heat and drain on paper towels.

  • Skewer 2 fish balls onto each toothpick, if desired.

  • Serve with Sweet and Sour Sauce.

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