How to Make Fishball and Squidball Sauce

When it comes to street food, my all-time favorites are fishballs and squidballs. The ritual of chasing after slowly-cooking balls of dough and fish and squid as they float and puff up in a vat of hot oil, much like a fisherman harpooning fish in a lake, is priceless. Armed with just a sharpened barbecue stick, you and the other buyers wonder if a ball is cooked enough as you crowd around the cart, ready to pounce. The battle isn’t over until you’ve managed to spear enough to complete your purchase, then it’s off to the sauce (No double dipping please!) before enjoying your catch.

Squidball Sauce

Bringing the street food experience home

We ignore the repeat warnings from our parents about how dirty street food is. Fishballs and squidballs are just too yummy that we throw caution to the wind and continue enjoying them, Hepa B threats be damned.


Eat all you can

Of course, when you’re not in close proximity to Manong Fishball’s street cart (or have super strict parents), the most you can do is to bring the experience home by buying frozen, ready-to-fry fish and squidballs. This is the easy part. The hard part, is mastering the sauce. After much experimentation, I found one that my family has deemed worthy. I hope your families do so, too. But while it approximates the yummy fare, unfortunately, the tusok-tusok experience, is one that simply cannot be replicated.


Our favorite squidball brand, bought at Metro Supermarket

Fishball and Squidball Sauce v. 20 March 2013


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp tabasco (or Mama Sita’s Labuyo Sauce)
  1. Blend all ingredients well.
  2. Pour into a saucepan, then heat over medium until it thickens and turns translucent.
  3. Enjoy with freshly fried squid or fishballs.


Prepare your harpoons!
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4 Responses to How to Make Fishball and Squidball Sauce

  1. Kat says:

    Fishball! One’s childhood never seems complete without it. 😀 There was a time when my dad ventured to sell these, and we had a few carts roaming the streets of our neighborhood. Kaso lugi, kasi ang takaw namin ng brother ko haha.

  2. Manila Tour says:

    fishball, a streetfoods that every each of us cannot ignore ot when we pass by.. easy to cook, and sweet…

  3. will try this saucy recipe. thanks for sharing!

  4. Eewee says:

    Thank you so much for this! I can’t quite catch the business hours of our neighborhood Manong & Manang Fishball, so I’ve thought of just buying the frozen ones but I didn’t know what to do for the sauce. I will definitely try this, and try to get back to you on how it goes. 😀

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