By now, a few of you are aware of my attachment to Fancy Fishballs!, a surimi-like product thatâ€™s sold in fancy shapes and colors (like flower and unidentified animal), hence the name. Still, nothing prepared me for what I like to call Even Fancier Fishballs!. Purchased from SM Hypermart, these fishballs are available in a variety of colors and flavors, with some of them even having stuffing! Mostly intended for hotpot dishes, these fishballs are flexible enough for a variety of preparations. Perfect for adding a splash of color to stir-fries and soups, I would think. I have to admit though, when we first spotted it, one thing came to mind. BENTO!
â€¢ Ground Chicken in Yakitori Sauce. Since I woke up late, I wanted a very simple dish for the ground chicken I set to defrost the night before. I figured a quick sautÃ© in yakitori sauce would work. It turned out yummy and perfect with rice.
â€¢ Rice. Under the Ground Chicken.
â€¢ Dragonfruit. A waxy, spiny red fruit with white flesh speckled with lots of seeds. The texture, thanks to the explosive little seeds, is reminiscent of kiwi fruit. Taste-wise though, it’s more like watermelon in its blandnessâ€”just slightly sweet yet, very refreshing.
â€¢ Even Fancier Fishballs! The colors and designs indicate different variants and flavors. The green is a fleshy crabstick variant, with an interesting leathery outside. The orange striped one is a crab variant, with a creamy crab-filled center. The yellow striped one is supposedly unagi (eel) with a mush, flavorful yellow center which I assume is unagi. ^_^;; It doesn’t taste quite like the barbecued unagi that’s usually sold in Japanese restaurants and groceries, but it still has a nice, savory taste so I like it.
â€¢ A soyfish of Ponzu. I usually eat the Fancier Fishballs! with Ponzu, a soy-Japanese citrus dip reminiscent of Pinoy Toyo-Mansi. They’re really quite similar, though Ponzu has a sweeter, more orangey taste than the tangy sourness of Toyo-mansi’s Calamansi (Philippine Lemon).
Ground Chicken in Yakitori Sauce v. 28 August 2007
1 tsp oil
100g ground chicken
1-2 tbsp yakitori sauce (from Yakitori entry.)
1. Saute the chicken in the oil until it changes color.
2. Add the yakitori sauce and continue sautÃ©ing until done.
3. Serve on rice.