Fish Ball Noodle Soup

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Delicious fish ball noodle soup

Delicious fish ball noodle soup

I grew up in a place where fresh seafood is a common sight. Fishing boats were often seen in and out of the harbour. When we were young, my mom taught us how to tell if a fish is very fresh. First thing, check the gills. It has to be bright red, not a dull colour. Next, when you poke the flesh, it feels tough and not soft. My mom was very good in making fish balls, fish cakes and fish floss. Nothing is better than homemade. They taste great with rice porridge or congee.

Each time I think of my mom’s food, it just makes me miss her and my dad and miss all her lovely food. She is still back home but doesn’t cook anymore. Well, trying out her food reminds me how great my mom is. She is awesome in many ways. My mom loves noodles so I thought I’ll cook Fish Ball Noodle Soup. I wish I can cook for her and my dad. Here’s my recipe to share:

Ingredients A (fish balls)
500g fish meat
1t salt
2T corn flour
1/2t pepper powder
4T water

Spanish mackerel

Spanish mackerel

I used mackerel. There were not any fresh ones so I bought the frozen ones. The taste was there but sadly the texture wasn’t there. If you make this dish, I hope you can find the fresh ones. You can use other types of fish too.

Fish paste

Fish paste

Tasty cooked fish balls

Tasty cooked fish balls

Put everything into a processor and process until fine. Use wet hand and wet spoon to make it into small balls. Put some water to boil. Add in the fish balls. Cook for a while until it’s cooked. Dish it up.

Ingredients B
dried rice noodles
chicken soup
fried shallot oil
fried shallots
soya sauce
pepper powder

Precooked vegetables

Precooked vegetables

Make chicken soup. I used chicken bones to make the soup base. Add the seasongs. Boil the rice noodles. When it’s cooked, dish it into bowls. Add some fish balls, some precooked vegetables of your choice, fried shallots, fried shallot oil and enjoy a hot, simple and yet very delicious meal. This is very popular in Oriental countries. You can use other types of noodles or vermicelli too.

Do you like fish? Do you like fish balls? Do you make them? How do you use fish paste? Do you like noodles? How do you like it cooked? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other noodle recipes that you may be interested in:
Delicious Malaysian Fried Noodles (Part 2)
Easy Soba Noodles For Dinner
A Fast, Easy Chinese Meal Of Baked Salmon And Noodles
Fast And Easy Egg Noodle Soup
Making Hand-pulled Noodles
Hand-pulled Noodles And Char Siu Chicken Soup
Dry Noodles With Char Siu Chicken And Vegetables

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The Cooking Ninja  on November 5th, 2009

Yum yum … I’m going to make some homemade fish balls. Thanks for sharing your recipe. :)

Olive  on November 5th, 2009 that’s how to make fish balls! Mary, glad to learn something new from you, I haven’t tried the kimchi yet and the other recipes I got from your posts, but I’ve saved them all and will let you know when I FINALLY did ;)

Mary  on November 5th, 2009

@The Cooking Ninja - You are most welcome. Great that you are making soon.

@Olive - Thanks for sharing. Take your time to try out. There are so many recipes that I want to try too but haven’t got the time. I’m just mostly cooking what I know my family loves to eat while yet simple and easy to cook.

Cook Japan  on November 5th, 2009

ooh - these look lovely, they’d be great in a Japanese nabe (but then again, they look like they’d be great with anything)

Light Delight with TouTou  on November 5th, 2009

Oh that’s very oriental!! make me miss home so much!
thanks for friending me in foodbuzz!

foodlovee  on November 5th, 2009

Your fish balls is sure different from the springy ones we are used to.

Drick  on November 5th, 2009

looks so very good….while I am making you shrimp, you can make this for me….

Jeannie Tay  on November 5th, 2009

wow Mary, you really have the patience to make the fish balls from scratch! I usually buy the ready made ones from the market.

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on November 5th, 2009

I haven’t had big fat noodles for ages and they are so comforting in the winter. This dish looks really healthy and yummy.

3hungrytummies  on November 5th, 2009

love homemade fish balls and we use the same fish :) we also made a broth by first frying the fish bones and skin then simmer with some herbs.

Mary  on November 5th, 2009

@Cook Japan - Thanks for your lovely comment. I love Japanese food. So far I have only learned the sushi. Hope to make the takoyaki soon. That’s so fun to make and eat.

@Light Delight With Tou Tou - Thanks for sharing. I learn to cook because I miss home and also the food….so it’s both good and bad. Lovely to meet you.

@foodlovee - You are right to say that mine is different. I miss the springy type. I need fresh fish to give that sticky texture before cooking. I’m going to try with fresh salmon next time.

@Drick - Will happily agree with the deal :) Am not too sure whether you are aware or not that I am quite a big eater….LOL

@Jeannie - I wish I can buy ready ones but knowing where I stay, I think I spend less time and less money to make myself. It’s not the best but we are happy at second best :)

@Sarah - This dish will surely bring a smile to everyone’s face especially in winter :)Well, I’m practicing now as you can see….hehe

@3hungrytummies - Thanks for sharing how to make a fish stock. I would try that next time. I miss the fresh mackerel. They taste so good.

joylicious  on November 5th, 2009

Mary why cant you be my neighbor? you seriously cook dishes that my mother use to make for me! I will definitely make these fish balls when I have hot pot night with friends :)

Mary  on November 5th, 2009

@Joylicious - Awww…that’s so sweet. Would be so lovely if we are neighbours. I think we will eat all the time…LOL. You are right, fish balls are so good for hot pot. I want to cook that soon as it’s getting colder each day.

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on November 6th, 2009

Oh, I love fish ball noodles very much. I can remember that the delicious fish ball noodles soup offered by my old high school’s tuck shop. When the bells went, we all rushed out the classroom to line up a queue to buy a bowl of fish ball noodle soup.

Now, I also like to make fish balls at home. I feel Mackerel is the best to make fish balls. No bones, meat white and springy! Wonderful!

Janice  on November 6th, 2009

I’ve never made fresh fish balls before, I always bought them frozen at the store. These are great, I can’t wait to try the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Mary  on November 6th, 2009

@Christine - wow…your school serve such fantatic, healthy food!Pupils there are so lucky. Agree that Mackerel is really good. A long time ago, I used fresh hake here & it tasted awesome but then this fish is not easily available.

@Janice - Store bought ones taste very good but I don’t know what they add in. Sometimes I do buy too but still prefer toi make.

kristy  on November 6th, 2009

There isn’t any fresh mackerel available over there! Well, we don’t have fresh salmon over here as well. haha…

Divina  on November 6th, 2009

Can you also do this one for me? I love fish particularly salmon. What other fish can you use for this fish ball? I thought dad reincarnated through you. I did remember dad made fish balls too but he only did it once and I was still really young. I’m still young looking until today, right. :)

Mary  on November 6th, 2009

@Kristy - No fresh mackerel here…the ikan tenggiri :( Well, no place is perfect especially where food is concerned, right? Just have to make do with whatever that’s available. If I can’t come out with the best, I should be happy with the second or third best or even more down the list.

@Divina - Of course I will cook this for you if I can. You deserve a lot more. By the way, I’m not happy with the texture of the fish ball. The next time I make fish balls again, I’m going to use fresh salmon. Fresh hake meat makes very nice fish balls but is not easy to get. It is not an expensive fish. Awww…Divina, you are still young and sweet…your picture tells it all.

Faey Szeuw  on November 8th, 2009

I sure miss noodles.
This recipe looks delicious.

Mary  on November 8th, 2009

@Faey Szeuw - Thanks for your comment. I guess noodles is just such a favourite to most people. Fish balls just add to the flavour, look and taste.

tasha  on July 5th, 2010

hi there..can this homemade fishball be frozen? if it’s so, when is the best time to freeze it? before boiled or after? thanx!

Mary  on July 5th, 2010

@tasha - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment :D I have not tried freezing the fish balls. Usually it’s finished in a couple of days. If you have to freeze it, I suggest doing so after boiling them. However I’m not sure whether freezing will change the texture. You can give it a try. Would love to know the outcome too.

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