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Minnesota Cooking: Fish Balls - How Do You Make Them?
Balls Not Pancakes
Well. A person must forge ahead, chopping branches as they go.
My first attempt at making fish balls, was a fail. The actual fried fish ball that I rescued from the water fried up okay. But, it wasn't the King Oscar fish ball that I was expecting.
As I analyze my failure, I think about dumplings, how they have a rough exterior and I think about boiled eggs, how they have a smooth interior.
So, did King Oscar make their fish balls in molds, so that is why they are smooth on the outside? Perhaps.That would make sense. Upon Googling egg molds, one finds that they can make a skull mold from eggs. If you want a good chuckle, read the reviews from one mold. They are hilarious. Amazing how creative people and/or comment making people can be.
General Fish Balls
You are suppose to be able to chop your fish fine. Add eggs. Add a thickener, like cornstarch. Flavorings, like garlic and sugar and salt.
You are then, supposed to drop your balls into a pot of warm water. The warm water has to have bubbles across the bottom, but not hot enough to cook your ball hard. Just enough to set the eggs.
Then, when you remove the balls, you can either use it for frying, or soups, or perhaps ping pong.
I'm not ashamed to report that my first attempt at fish balls was a fail. The fish ground okay. The eggs added okay. It was sticky enough. But, then, the fish mixture grew wet, almost like a milk shake.
I don't know if my fish were too cold and were thawing and the resulting pool of moisture was diluting the actual chopped fish.
Who knows. I just know that I added some cornstarch and some flour and that did not seem to thicken it up very much. It definitely wasn't thick enough to roll in my fingers like the video that I was watching.
I have more fish. I can attempt again.
Fish Balls - Take Two - Action
Okay. So. Now I have studied the videos on fish paste. I have studied the videos on fish balls.
I have researched the specifics of fish balls in general and find that many nationalities make fish balls and many people already know the general gist of the recipes. So, why are there so many people like me, whose generations of people were so eager to spend $10 a can on the prized fish balls.
Alright, I will attempt to make another batch. Wish me luck.