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I must admit I miss “tusok-tusok the fishballs”. So when the craving hits, I buy a packet of fish balls (or squid balls) and cook at home. YUM with sweet chili sauce.

I cut them in halves and deep-fry.

Lasang Pinoy, Sundays. Street Food.
Lasang Pinoy, Sundays

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I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dad’s teen ‘sous chef’ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard ‘turo-turo’ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.

My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.

Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.

6 thoughts on “Fishballs

  1. That’s neat. I’d do that too, cut in half the squid balls before I deep fry them. As for fish balls, manipis na yung nasa market dito. I like fish balls among all street foods.
    – Lynn’s last blog ..Squid Ball

  2. i always found that whenever we cook fishballs at home, they never quite taste the same as the tusok-tusok fishballs… sabi nga namen, nasa usok at alikabok ang flavor ng fishballs. :P

  3. Haha! You may be right. Iba ang flavor ng alikabok hehehe…
    Truth is, I am quite happy with the fishballs I bought from the Asian dairy. Pareho ang lasa naman (o nakalimutan ko na lang talaga ang lasa ng Pilipinas….)

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