Deep Fried Fish Ball with Shabu-Shabu Dip

Words: Den Alibudbud/Photography: Mylene Chung/Styling and Recipe Development: Katherine Jao/September 20, 2012

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Deep fried fish balls are the most pedestrian of foods. Made mostly from unknown fillers that don’t really taste much like any kind of seafood (that we know of), you mostly rely on Manong’s mysterious sweet-spicy sauce for flavor. Assuming, of course, that you’re willing to brave it.

If you dread the thought of double-dipping with strangers or don’t want to risk getting typhoid fever from street food, it’s easy enough to put up your own tusok-tusok stand at home. Put on a Good Morning towel and fry up some balls, because this shabu-shabu-inspired sauce is going to keep your “customers” coming back for more.

Deep Fried Fish Ball with Shabu Shabu Dip

Total Time: 20 minutes / Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients for the Fishballs

  • 24 pcs fish balls
  • 12 pcs chicken balls
  • 12 pcs squid balls
  • 6 pcs kikiam, sliced
  • oil, for deep frying

Ingredients for the Shabu-Shabu Dip

  • 2 tbsp Bullodog Sate Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp spring onion
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp chopped fresh garlic
  • 2-3 tsp soy sauce

Procedure for Fish Balls

  1. Fry balls in medium heat until cooked.
  2. Skewer to liking.

Procedure for Shabu-Shabu Dip

  1. Prepare sauce by mixing all ingredients of the sauce together.
  2. Serve immediately.


  1. The other types of balls are simply for the sake of variety, you can have just fish balls or just chicken, or squid, whatever works for you.
  2. Bulldog Sate Barbecue Sauce can be bought in selected groceries and Chinese Specialty stores such as Unimart, Cash and Carry, Little Store and DEC.

Den Alibudbud

Den has spent the last six years doing accounts and project management work for various companies. Recently, her grammar-Nazi-inclinations and slavedriving skills convinced the kindly folks at PhotoKitchen to have her join their merry band. See More.

  • Anne Marichelle Panganiban Car

    will surely do this recipe … btw, can i substitute any brand of barbecue sauce?

    • Mylene Chung

      Hi Anne, we suggest getting that specific brand because it makes all the difference.:)

      • Vernarie

        Hi Mylene!!! Please, pease tell us where exactly can this brand be bought?! Thank you sooo much!

  • Nico Goco

    what? no typhoid and cholera included? 😀

    • Den Alibudbud

      We don’t have recipes for those. Will look it up. 😉

      • Nico Goco

        haha, thanks. just like the sorbetero, these were what parents used to scare kids into not eating deep fried fishy goodness. it kinda added to the thrill of it all!

  • kitkat

    A new twist with street food sauces. Cool!!!

  • Frances

    Raw egg?

  • endy daniel

    i just stumbled upon ur blog… glad to find pepper ph, this is what i actually want to read n see. The photos r wonderful!

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  • Cayo

    Since I’m not readily accessible to specialty stores where Bulldog Sate Barbecue Sauce can be bought, is there a close alternative that is more readily available? Thanks!!!

  • Vernarie

    Hi, where can we buy Bullodog Sate? Thank you sooooo much in advance!