fish ball sauce recipe

Fishball Sauce Recipe (Street Food Style)

After finally completing the right fishball sauce recipe that could go at par with those from the street and sidewalk fishball vendors, I feel like I have just taken a berserk pill and I can’t let this day pass without being able to share this recipe for fishball sauce street food style.

I have tried so many times to replicate the fishball sauce being prepared by the multitudes of street vendors in the Philippines but, for some “mysterious” reasons, I just can’t do it right. Until today. All thanks to My Food Notebook for the original recipe which I modified a bit to suit a Kitchen Grouch’s taste buds.

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fish ball sauce recipe

Fishball Sauce Recipe, Streetfood Style!


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • finely chopped onion and garlic
  • chopped siling labuyo (optional)

That’s right! No vinegar. I never thought this is the key to having the right combination of ingredients to make the right fishball sauce, kalye style. HAHAHA!

Dissolve brown sugar, cornstarch, flour and soy sauce with water on a sauce pan. Bring to a simmer until the sauce thickens (you know how thick Manong Fishball‘s sauce is, right?). Transfer on a saucer or sauce jar and add finely chopped garlic, onion and siling labuyo (only if you prefer sweet and spicy).

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Note: You don’t need to subject the fishball sauce to polluted street air for one whole day. This is what separate street style fishball sauce from the Kitchen Grouch’s fishball sauce – the latter is more sanitary. It’s not the pollution and all dirt that makes the sauce sinfully irresistible.

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35 thoughts on “Fishball Sauce Recipe (Street Food Style)”

  1. altered it a bit by adding a pinch of magic sarap, 3 siling labuyo, and a dash of black pepper.

    a great match for ice-cold san mig premium!

    thanks for the recipe!


  2. is it really not the unsanitary factor that gives streetfood fishball sauce its distinct yumminess?

    i havent tried the recipe but i will! :)

  3. i, myself, had been in a perennial search for the perfect fishball sauce. interviewed a number of manongs and made endless tusok-tusok on the street and within the confines of 'sanitary' mall fishball corners. i tried making mine by sauteing garlic and onion, or adding vinegar. but never by adding them fresh which i think would make all the difference. definitely would try this one soon! can't wait…

  4. I've been longing to do this fishball sauce for so long finally got it… i miss manong fishball sauce so much… it's a big help…thanks…

  5. wow, this one is good…I'm also looking for the same sauce that street vendors use. thanks hungry husband…

  6. I've asked one fishball vendor, what he said was: Knorr cubes (dont know which flavor), sugar, vinegar, and food coloring.

  7. Sir, you are one awesome man. I tried the recipe and it DID just taste like the sidewalk sauce. Just without the hepatitis and shit.

    I for one, am not married yet, but consider myself a hungry husband — not pretending to be a chef, but loves making food as much as eating it.

  8. I love the sauce! My friends and I had a fishball part and we are hooked to your sauce. Kasing sarap pero di kasing dumi 😀 Hahaha. Thank you. 😀

  9. wow! i did try it im so amazed.. lol ive tried so many times how to do manong sauce also but now i did perfectly.. thankss mucch! :)

  10. my love has been craving fish balls for the past week so im thinking of surprising him with a “tusok tusok” date for our anniversary hahaha 😛 and your recipe is fantastic! do u mind if i blog this too? :)

  11. thanks for the recipe hope my family hope my family will like it coz jan ako laging sablay …. wala daw lasa sauce ko mas masarap daw sa street

  12. Perfect ang lasa…Naalala ko yung kabataan ko sarap sa Pinas…’Ika nga, ITS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES kung may ganito kasarap na sauce…LOL

  13. hi! just tried this and it was so easy and tasty!

    at though i made the mistake of putting a bit more water 😛

    thanks so much!

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