Chinese Fishball Hot Pot Base Recipe

Features:
  • Simmering
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To make a wonderful fishball, we started with patting fish meat to make it chewy and tender. Then, mix with the marinade and keep stirring to make it sticky as a fishball. After scooping to fish balls, we blanched in 80-degree water to keep their shape and store their freshness inside. Last, decorate with coriander and boost aroma with sesame oil. The fish meat is chewy, light and fresh seafood taste. 

  • 30 minutes
  • Serves 2
  • Easy

Ingredients

  • marinade

Directions

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1. Patting fish meat make the meat tender and has a wonderful mouthfeel when eating. All traditional Chinese meatball use this trick, such as beef balls and pork balls.

2. When stir marinade and meat, stir in one direction only, which make it more sticky and chewy.

3. After scooping fish balls, simmer over 70-90 degree water. It helps fish balls maintain their shape and tender. Remove from heat as soon as they float up to remove overcooking.

Steps

1
Done
5 minutes

Wash and cut green onion and ginger into small pieces. Cut coriander and cabbage into strips. Wash and cut shiitake mushroom into pieces. Soak vermicelli in the water until soft.  

2
Done
5 minutes

Wash fish meat. Use a kitchen knife or rolling pin to pat fish meat until tender and chewy. Mince into small pieces. Set aside. 

3
Done
5 minutes

Add minced green onion, ginger and other marinade ingredients to fish meat. Stir clockwise until thick and tender. 

4
Done
5 minutes

Add water in a pot and cook over medium heat until bubbles appeared. Turn the low heat to low. Use a spoon and hands to scoop the meat as fish balls. Put each fish ball in the pot. 

5
Done
5 minutes

Cook until the fish balls have surfaced. Remove from heat and set aside. 

6
Done
5 minutes

Pour into the fish soup as the hot pot base. Bring to a boil. Sprinkle with chopped coriander and sesame oil. Serve with hot pot ingredients.

Kathy

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