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Fish Ball Sauce Recipe, Just Like Manong’s

There is no doubt we Filipinos love our street food. And if you ask me about my favorite, it’ll have to be fish balls (or fishball). Nothing beats eating fishballs off a stick, piping hot after you just skewered them off a street vendor’s deep-frying pan. But THE best part of it all is dipping them into their famous fishball sauce. YUM!

Fishball sauce recipe just like Manong's!


I’ve always been curious about this well-loved fishball sauce recipe. I studied in UP Diliman and I’m sure many of you have heard that we love eating fishballs there from Manongs who sell them across the campus. It was where I got hooked on the sweet sauce, and I then moved on to the spicy version. I noticed something. It seemed to me that wherever I go, even outside the campus, the taste of the fishball sauce of every Manong fishball vendor (yes, I call all of them manong) I met had the same taste. I wondered, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?!? πŸ˜€

Over the past decade or so (ugh, I’m old), I’ve asked different vendors about their sauce. Most of them took wild guesses. There were a couple who refused to tell me anything, which, to me, was an indication they really had no idea, and some were so convinced they had the right recipe.

Of course, I tried to make them at home and failed three times (twice, I was adding vinegar). It was only in late 2004 that I learned the right recipe. The manong who sold fishballs at our home in Navotas told me about his fish ball sauce recipe. The thing is, I didn’t get to making it til a year later. It was too late for me to thank him because we already moved to Malabon, but I’m forever thankful. Charot! πŸ˜€

Okay, enough blabber. I have never shared this recipe with anyone before. But because of a friend from down under (yes, you bes Mavz! πŸ˜‰ ), I decided to post here.Β  And just to make sure I’m giving you the correct fishball sauce recipe with that familiar taste we all love, I tested this twice ’cause the last time I made this was in 2011. I hope you enjoy this recipe! πŸ™‚

Fishball sauce

Fish Ball Sauce Recipe – Just Like Manong’s!


  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tbsps cornstarch
    Update: IfΒ the sauce doesn’t thicken quickly, just add more cornstarch or flour. Do this gradually since you might end up with a very thick sauce.
  • 2 tbsps all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tbsps Silver Swan soy sauce
    I’m sure other brands will work, but I have never tried any other soy sauce. Let me know if you tried other brands and got the same taste. I think my family already had too much fishballs for me to test again. πŸ˜€
    Update: We heard Marca PiΓ±a soy sauce worked well too, so it’s okay to try other brands.
  • 1 small red onion, chopped or minced
    I prefer minced. Make sure you only use 1 small red onion, otherwise the flavor would be too strong. But, if you prefer it that way, then go ahead.
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
    Again, use small ones, but adjust to your liking.
  • 1 siling labuyo / chili pepper
    Adjust to your preferred hotness or skip this altogether if you’re making this for kids. But, I think they’ll be okay with 1 chili.
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Update:Β If you check the comments below, you’ll see some people suggested you add a few tablespoons of Sprite or 7up. So you might want to do thisΒ if in case you’re still not happy with the outcome.

Minced garlic, chili and onion

I minced the garlic, onion and chili in one go using our Tupperware Speedy Chopper. πŸ˜‰


How to Make Fishball Sauce

1. (NOTE: Do not put this on the stove yet.) Mix water, cornstarch, all purpose flour, brown sugar and soy sauce in a sauce pan until the dry ingredients are dissolved. The reason why you shouldn’t heat this yet is because the cornstarch won’t dissolve properly in hot water.

Mix ingredients til the dry ingredients are completely dissolved

2. Once all the dry ingredients are dissolved, place the sauce pan over medium heat.

3. Stir often until the mixture boils.

Place mixture on medium heat and let it boil while stirring

4. Add the garlic, onions, chili and salt. Reduce heat to low.

This is the perfect time for you to start frying those fishballs! I prefer them real crunchy. We only used regular fishballs you can buy frozen from the grocery or at the market. (We’ll see if we can come up with our own fishball recipe soon for our foodie friends abroad. πŸ˜‰ )

I want fishballs a li'l crunchy and brown

5. Stir the mixture frequently and wait til you ALMOST get the consistency or thickness you prefer.

Fry the fishballs while waiting for the sauce to thicken up

My first attempt (shown in the photos on this post) got a li’l too thick ’cause I was already eating some of the cooked fishballs and forgot to turn off the heat. πŸ˜€ So make sure you remove the pan off the heat as soon as you see the thickness of the fishball sauce to be closer to your preference. It’ll continue to thicken because of the residual heat. πŸ™‚

Double dip all you want!

Sorry, I only had chopsticks available. πŸ˜€

That’s it! Super easy, right?! You can now transfer this to a bowl or a jar (I recycled our Biscoff cookie butter jars). Tusukin ang fishballs and dip them in this sweet, spicy fishball sauce! πŸ˜€

Fishball sauce just like manong's!

You can use this for fried kikiam, chicken balls and squid balls. The fun part is you can double dip all you want! Go ahead! πŸ˜‰ Let us know if you’ve tried making this fishball sauce at home and how it went. Enjoy!!! πŸ™‚

If you’re looking for fish oil supplements, this is aΒ useful source.

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Michelle (aka Mhel / blankPixels) is a social media nerd and works as a Digital Marketing Lead for one of the top online companies in the Philippines. On her free time, she travels, goes on food trip and loves to take photos. She's the main editor of this food blog.



  • E

    Hi. I tried this by mine was pretty dark and not as thick. How to get it to the same color in the last few photos of your post. Thanks.

  • earl.dieta

    thanks for sharing this! felt like cooking some fish ball this evening and this one tastes just like the one in the philippines!

  • Tina

    How long did it take you to reach the consistency that you like? Thanks

  • nerlito yorda

    ilang araw ba ang shelf life nitong sauce?

  • Clar

    I’m based in Canada & we don’t have siling labuyo so I use chili flakes or cayenne powder and it works out fine. Recipe is just
    perfect… just like Manong’s. Thanks.

    • Ed

      yes we do Clar, it’s called bird chilli.. you can get it at any asian shops (including Filipino stores) such as t&t

      hope that helps

  • John Patrick Gabuya

    I used 6 TBSP of all purpose flour, 3 cups of water and 1 cup of pineapple juice. Tasted great! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the recipe.

  • joey garcias

    tama si ate.. konting sibuyas lang.. di masarap pag marami.

  • Raoul Roldan

    Walang vinegar?

  • Buena Velasco

    Thank you for posting this! πŸ™‚

  • anonym

    ilang days ang shelf life ng sauce??

    • joey garcias

      I would suggest mga 5 – 6 days lang sa refrigerator. Wala syang suka Kaya malamang masira agad. No Double dipping either. To lessen maging panis. Mura lang naman ang ingredients nya, so why take the risk diba? Thx

  • Angelita Linsangan

    I just got this info. from one of the best fish ball sauces I ever tasted. You add to your recipe langka (jackfruit).

  • Mikee

    It would be better, i think if the constarch is dissolved in water. In the kitchen we call this a slurry. There is no need to add flour anymore as this will also act as a thickener the constarch is enough already .

  • Jing Salvante

    Thanks for the recipe! Love it!

  • crherrera2004

    Hi! This recipe is a winner! Just added 1more tbsp of cornstarch as I wanted it to be thicker in consistency. It amazingly tastes like the sauce used by manong fish balls vendor! Thank you very much for sharing πŸ™‚

    • Yay! Thanks for letting us know. πŸ™‚

  • You’re very welcome, Katkat πŸ™‚

  • Yan

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! Loved it!! πŸ™‚

  • Charriz Domingo- Largo

    Tried it and loved it sobra. Thanks for sharing.

    • Yay! We’re happy to hear, Charriz. πŸ™‚

  • Aivy

    Hindi po kyo naglalagay ng suka?

  • nik

    Igigisa pa ba yung bawang at sibuyas bago ilagay?

    • Kahit hindi na. Just make sure napitpit mo yung bawang or nachop mo along with the sibuyas. πŸ™‚

  • mica

    will try it later πŸ™‚ for the fishball brand i reccomend Shanghai. the one thats sold palengkes with blue print. it doesnt sag easily and guaranteed no “tinik” πŸ™‚

  • Mrs. D

    Thank you for posting this. I tried your recipe and the sauce turned out PERFECT, really just like mmanong’s.

    • You’re welcome! Glad to hear it turned out perfect for you. πŸ™‚

  • Selegna Ynnos

    ,..pls help me to make vinigar sauce…anyone? heres my number 09062339867..thanks in advance

  • mardy pantone

    thanks to the recipe i love it i will try business

  • mardy pantone

    i love fisball and kikkiam

  • Sarah Henson

    I live in the US and I’ve been searching high and low for that same fish ball (flat crispy) here. You mentioned that you found these fishballs are a local grocers. Could you mention me the name of this brand? I am hoping that somewhere in the internet is a vendor willing to sell me a frozen bag or two.

    • iluvchickenwing

      Dodo brand from asian market is really good. Cut into two, roll out in cornstarch before deep frying. Perfect!

  • Mitchel Catayas

    This is absolutely amazing! I’m dipping tempura in this one. πŸ˜€

  • Luz

    Where can I get the original fishballs like the ones from the vendors from the Philippines. I live in NY and I’m really craving for fishballs. How and where can I get them from here? Please help.

  • Emzi Rodulfo Tinasas

    I added white vinegar and ground pepper. Can’t wait to have a fish/chicken/squid ball/kikiam party with my friends! πŸ™‚

  • Ronald Carreon

    I remembered at one time i asked a fishball vendor in our area…he said his secret is the pineapple juice he’d mixed on his sauce.

    • that’s interesting. we might just try that. thanks!

    • From all the comments we’ve been getting on here, it seems that some fishball vendors have their own recipes for the sauce. Makes me wonder why they seem to taste the same. hahah πŸ˜€

  • prince aali

    how many cups of sprite should be added ? I mean is there any certain measurements? by the way thanks for the recipe helped me a lot since Im planning to sell fishballs for summer πŸ˜€

  • Candy

    Have made this so many times. i use this as a dipping sauce for kwek kwek. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us! πŸ™‚

  • Gelieann Arellano

    I’ll try it guy’s….

  • kath rel

    thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚ i’ve been looking for this recipe, finally I can cook it with the same taste as manong’s fishballs.

  • Berry

    How long is the shelf life of this sauce? Thanks..

    • Hi, Berry. If it’s stored in the fridge, it should be good for 2 weeks. However, I would recommend the sauce to be consumed within 1 week.

  • Joy

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I tried it already and my daughter like it so much. God bless and more power.

  • joey

    Hi! Thank you for sharing this recipe! πŸ˜€ Yesterday was my birthday & I tried it! Kalasa nga nung sauce na gusto ko! πŸ™‚

    • Yay!! Thanks for letting us know, Joey. πŸ™‚
      And belated happy birthday!!

  • Janna

    Can i get a recipe for fishball the streetfood version…. I tried the ones you can search online and it does not compare to manong’s. I miss philippines so much. I will try your fishball sauce recipe, looks yummy

  • Gelic

    How long can you store it before it goes bad?

  • jun graycochea

    I like u call the vendors “manong”… Love fishballs anyway

    • Some, we call ‘kuya’ pag bata pa. πŸ™‚

  • Chen

    Hindi naba lalagyan ng suka?

  • peia

    Just tried it earlier since im pregnant and im craving for manong’s fishball!! We are so far from Philippines thus looked for an alternative. Lasang lasa katulad ng kay manong!:D salamat sa recipe!:)

  • jk

    Tried it and it’s great. The vinegar and 7up did help and my family enjoyed it..will trt the one with peanut butter next time.. oh did i mention i used oyster sauce instead of soy sauce? the result was just as awesome..thanks for sharing this πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for sharing your adjustments, jk. We’ll try that soon. πŸ™‚

  • iyapot

    Awesome article. Good idea to not put vinegar in the seeet sauce for me cause i like mixing the sweet sauce with spicy vinegar. Also got good brands pf fishball from the discussions. Seaglow is fair but nog as good as the streetood variety πŸ˜‰

  • PicNic

    thanks for sharing:) we Just tried it, we added one tablespoon of soysauce:) and we added sprite:) super thank youuu!:)

    • You’re welcome! We’ll take note of your adjustments din. πŸ™‚

  • Kat

    Nothing close to the manong’s recipe lol

  • Dianebelle_

    I add 1tbsp of vinegar. 😊 Thanks for the recipe! The taste was so good and my family love it! 😊

  • Wickedmac

    Tried it but added 1 tbsp more of the soy sauce ( I used Marca PiΓ±a). Kuhang-kuha ang lasang kalye! πŸ˜„

  • Ivane

    Can I use jalapeno peppers instead? I wanna make this tonight but I don’t have siling labuyo. I really like it spicy!

  • jac999

    will try doing this within the week for my food stall business which will be opening on the second week of nov. hope it will turn out yummy!

  • cessrivera

    Mine turned out really good! Thank you so much for sharing this! Will use this for our upcoming mobile foodcart business. It really helped me a lot!

  • mhai

    Thanks πŸ™‚ the sauce was so good specially for us who’s outside the country who’s craving for fish ball with yummy sauce πŸ˜‰ perfect πŸ™‚

  • Merza Balili

    Hindi masarap un sauce ;( sbi ng kapatid ko.,sayang ang ingredients.,,

    • :S

      Bka hindi k lng kc marunong gumawa

      • Merza Balili

        Kaya nga ginaya ko un sauce na gawa mo kc nga d kmi marunong gumawa ng sauce..gets.,??

        • Hi, Merza. Sorry about that. That wasn’t me or my bro who replied to your comment.

  • rickylao

    Wow, sounds great, i jotted it down… pwede kaya to sa kwek kwek

  • TaeNiMiku

    Sa wakas, ang sauce na ubod ng sarap (lalo na’t baliw na baliw ako ngayon sa Chickenballs) ay nasa aking kaalaman naaa! Maramamaraming salamaat~!

  • Suzy Ganda

    My moma try it thanks

  • ella

    What if napa sobra ng bawang?ano dapat gawin?hehe thanks

  • ILive2EaT

    Nice! How about making the hot sauce next? The one that doesnt have a thick consistency? Tnx

  • isabel

    omg! definitely THE ONE !!!! πŸ™‚

  • Sheila

    Its true about the Sprite or 7-up along w/ adding peanut butter. Sprite & 7-up is good to use in marinates as well, especially chicken.

  • Jasper

    Sus…igisa nyo using butter……….

    • Jasper

      I mean ung bawang n sibuyas

  • fishallballexpert

    Add 1 tbsp of white vinegar and 1 tbsp of PEANUT butter. That’s the secret. Y.O.U. A.R.E. W.E.L.C.O.M.E πŸ™‚

  • luis

    the missing ingredient is banana ketchup

  • nitrochummy

    We tried this, pero hindi masyadong kuha yung lasa ng kalye fishball. We still haven’t found the right recipe.

    • dty

      just add a few spoon of sprite or 7up. This will do the trick

      • I live in Toronto and we (Filipinos) have a reputation to add Sprite/7Up in our dishes as our “secret” ingredient. Hehe.

      • nitrochummy

        Thanks so much! I’ll try that!

  • mavic

    Grabe naglaway ako hehe. Will definitely try this!

  • MVS

    thank you! I will try your recipe ASAP!

  • ric

    looks like yummy…..i miss this street foods during my days in highschool ….i wil let my wife to make this sauce …thanks ms.mhel

  • Rpc

    Great recipe

    • It’s a simple recipe, but it definitely hits the spot for us Pinoys. πŸ˜‰

  • paul

    whoa! that’s nice…

  • anet

    thanks ms. mhel, I love eating fish balls too & so as you, im curious on how to make this delicious sauce… thank you so much πŸ™‚

  • sai

    Thanks. They loved it. They never thougt that I can make this sauce. Lol! thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • claide

    Thanks for this .. i’ll try this now .. πŸ™‚

    • You’re welcome! We hope you liked it πŸ™‚

  • Janice

    thanks for the recipe… i try it once it’s totally perfect.. more recipe please πŸ™‚

    • Yay! Thanks, Janice πŸ™‚

    • pabo

      janice ?

  • J-Meister

    Expiry date? I stored one in a container for over four weeks. Can I still use it?

    • Hi, J-Meister. Sorry for the late response, but as long as it’s in the fridge, I think 3-4 weeks is okay. You can smell naman if it’s not good for dipping/eating anymore.

  • Andrew

    Ilang hours po dapat istir and pakuluan to thicken?

    • You can add more cornstarch para magthicken kung matagal sya sayo.

  • Andrew

    Ayaw po maging thick πŸ™ huhu i followed everything naman po pero nung nilagay ko po yung garlic,onion ,chili and salt di pa siya nagththicken that time eh tas until now πŸ™

    • Aww that’s weird. Dami rin nagcomplain about that. Just add more cornstarch pag di pa rin nagthicken.

      • cathyj

        The cornstarch should be the very last to be added πŸ™‚ i also followed the procedure above and had a hard time to thicken khit magdagdag ng magdagdag ng cornstarch…but if you put it last, then it will be just fine πŸ™‚

  • alyssa

    Pwde po din ba ito sa tempura?

    • Tempura has a different sauce kasi eh. But I think the sweet, spicy flavors of this sauce will pair well naman with many finger food/dishes.

    • chel

      ang sauce ng tempura ay may kasamang ginadgad ng pino na “singkamas”.
      ang soy sauce ng tempura ay “kikoman”.
      malayo sa sauce ng fishballs.

    • Aria

      I think alyssa was refering to a different kind of ‘tempura’. Here in Cebu kasi we have a streetfood din na tempura. I think it’s kinda like to kikiam in Manila. Kasama din siya sa mga tinitindang fishball which you make tusok tusok din. Hehe

  • bhwk2003

    I tried this. It really does taste like manong’s sauce. Thanks for sharing.

    • Yay! Glad to hear. And you’re welcome. πŸ™‚

  • Ipeski’s

    Thank you very much! This will definitely add spice to my planned food cart business. Cheers!

    • You’re welcome! And good luck with your biz! πŸ™‚

  • Michelle

    Sana may recipe dn panu mag marinade ng nuggets…kc palpak ung nuggets ko πŸ™‚ jeje

    • We actually have a chicken nuggets recipe posted here, pero we’re making an updated version of it. Stay tuned ka, tukayo. πŸ˜‰

  • Michelle

    Thank u very much for this…. its a big help for my business as a student πŸ™‚

  • Frencia Borbon

    i will try this…pag na perfect ko na magtatayo aq ng harap ng bahay nmin as a single mom..kelangan q ng xtrang income pwede rin ba tong sauce na to sa kwek-kwek para marami clang pagpipilian..thank wish me luck..thanks for sharing..

  • Mar Sav

    Gotta try this. Thanks for sharing. Food cart fishball nalang ang kulang. I wish they import those food cart type of fish balls from the Philippines here in the US.

    • You’re welcome. πŸ™‚ We used regular fishballs, they were good naman.

  • Olivia

    The best home made sauce! Thanks for sharing!

    • Aww glad you liked it, Olivia. And you’re welcome πŸ™‚

  • Ivy

    I just tried this recipe. I doubled the measurements as it is intended for a big batch. I had to add more sugar, cornstarch, soy sauce and salt. Thanks for this recipe and finally I found out that vinegar is no longer needed. The garlic will suffice

  • gelli

    Ittry ko to..sana maging perfect πŸ™‚

  • Mie

    Thanks. πŸ‘

  • Mie

    How do i store the leftover?

    • I just stored it in a glass jar inside the fridge.

  • Giselle Goloy

    Thanks for this. Tried it when I went home to Manila for a visit. Fabulous! Will make it again now that I’m back in Sydney.

    P.S. I have the Tupperware Speedy Chopper too! πŸ™‚

    • You’re welcome, Giselle! And glad to hear you also have the Speedy Chopper. It’s my favorite tool in the kitchen. πŸ™‚

  • Adam Marcus Rosales

    thanks po sa recipe it really works masarap na mirienda namin πŸ™‚

  • dan

    Nice one. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Warren

    this is good! πŸ™‚

  • Roxanne Villamil

    u forgot one key ingredient.

  • Krista Valleramos

    Wow! Will definitely try this recipe later. Was contemplating on just using the sweet and spicy ufc ketchup, but found this and zi can’t wait to try it later for our merienda. :))

  • Margee

    Use Nora Daza’s recipe…the best!

  • Nathan

    Waaah I did this today and it failed. i ended up buying manongs fishball

    • Hmmmm how did it fail? Many have tried it and were successful. Maybe you missed something.

  • Gigi

    Thank you, thank you , thank you Michelle for this recipe. I stopped buying fishball from Manongs because I was confined in the hospital for 4 days many years ago for hepatitis from the fishball sauce. Now that I can make this at the convenience of our home, we have option to buy the kind of fishball that
    we want .


    • Aww glad that you can now safely enjoy fishballs at home. πŸ™‚

  • SuperNadz

    I so envy those guys eating fishball and dipping them into this sauce while watching them from afar..(i’m seating inside the jeep..Lol!) Now that you shared this recipe..i can now enjoy fishball , the manong way!! ( as you may call it) lol! Thanks!

  • Manong

    Shanghai brand ang gamit dito sa QC kadalasan kasi hindi sya masyadong

  • ditchsuarez

    i know some manongs who put a bit of orange juice in their concoction.

  • Rico28

    Fishballs is my fav nd im always craving for it..πŸ˜‹ Tnx for this info ma’am!! But since im here abroad theres no way to find fishballs here 😞 hopefully you can give us also info on how to make fishballs!

  • Sarsi

    Is there a certain brand of frozen fishballs used? Ive researched everywhere online and cannont find the right brand. Even my local/ only Filipino store is having the same problem! We cant find the crunchy flatter ones to order. Please help. I know there are many Filipinos here in Alaska that would be very grateful. Thanks c:

    • Hi, Sarsi! The fishball brand we saw manongs use here is the Golden Peacock. We used a different fishball brand, but we haven’t been back to the wet market to check out the name.

      We’ll see if we can have our nanay check out the wet market this weekend, or maybe someone reads here and can help you out.

      • Sarsi

        Thanks so much. πŸ™‚ My mom just came back home from Pampanga and brought me home a bag of “Rincon” brand fishballs. I showed it to the local store owner here and will tell her about the Golden Peacock brand but her vendor is from California and Seattle so I am not sure I will ever see those delicious little fishballs till I go home next year πŸ™

      • vinlorenz .

        SHANGHAI brand is the BEST. Yan talaga yun ginagamit ng karamihan ng mga or nina “Manongs”. I know it kasi yun ang binibili ko kapag magluluto sa bahay. Sa mga palengke lang availble yun wala sa mga supermarkets. 😊

    • invokers list

      Go to chinese store for sure they also sell kikiam, squidball abd fishball

  • Sarsi

    Is there a certain brand of frozen fishballs used? I tried researching good brands and i cant find the right one. The fillipino store near my house has the same problem. We cant find the flatter crunchy fish balls… please

    • vinlorenz .

      SHANGHAI brand is the best. Yan talaga yun ginagamit ng karamihan nagtitinda. Sa mga palengke lang available yan wala sa mga supermarkets. Just look for the SHANGHAI name or logo when buying. 😊

  • misistagle

    Great recipe! I just added 2 tsbps of vinegar on my mixture because it was too sweet for me. πŸ™‚

  • Arnold Marquez Bailing

    Followed every step, tastes really good. My first attempt turned out just as perfect! Thank you so much!

  • Lai

    I followed the instructions but mune turned watery not saucy. I used the brand ‘cream’ all purpose flour and pure cornstarch. Help! How long would it be cook? Been stirring for almost an hour πŸ™

    • An hour? It does take awhile before it thickens, but not sure why it took an hour for yours to get the same consistency as ours. Hmmmm… bakit kaya, kasi I used the same all purpose flour and cornstarch.

      • lai

        Ginawa ko po 3-4 tbsp ata nilagay ko na cornstarch saka all purpose flour saka lumapot.. pero success taste! thanks much sa pagsshare! winner!

    • lai

      Thanks! Nagdagdag me 3-4 tbsp each ng cornstach saka ng flour nakuha ko na din ung lapot niya. Ginamit ko po kasi is ung cups ng 4 water.. yes ako din nahihiwagaan bakit di nagswak first try ko but Im so happy I found this site. Thank you so much po for sharing!

      • You’re welcome! And I’m glad it finally worked out for you. πŸ™‚

    • detski

      Mine took 2 hrs! I wonder why.. Could it be the pot im using? Ive got an electric stove top though. I wonder if the heat was too low.. Hmm.. How long did yours take ms. Mhel? But anyway thank you for this! Always appreciate a taste from home..

      • Whoa, 2 hours! Yeah, most probably the mixture isn’t getting enough heat. Mine was 20-30 minutes ata. Medyo di ko napansin ’cause I was already eating the fishballs and dipping them into the sauce while I was waiting for it to thicken hahaha πŸ˜€

  • Rosario Antonio

    very timely i saw this posted on my wall. i’ll try this one. well start our street food business for additional income . Thank you

  • Hikki

    Hello. I just followed your recipe because our yaya was a bit busy a while ago and I wanted to eat em fishballs right away. She told me to boil the vinegar first but I decided to search the usual sauce that Manong makes, and I found this, telling me not to put vinegar. Sadly first attempt was not good, I only tasted the sweetness so I ended up adding more soy sauce AND a tsp of vinegar. It did taste better, but next time I wont put vinegar anymore and I’ll use brown sugar instead of white.

    • I actually tried using white sugar before and it didn’t come out the way I wanted it. So I guess the more molasses in the brown sugar made a difference on how everything turned out. Hope your next attempt will be more to your liking. πŸ™‚

  • Razel Navarro

    Made the sauce just now! Great stuff! Yes, just like Manong’s at UP Diliman. Thanks for sharing!

    • Yay! Glad you liked it, @razelnavarro:disqus πŸ™‚

  • Jojo

    Shang hai brand.

  • J-Anne Dela Cruz

    I had a sudden craving for street foods and my husband already saw this recipe so we just had to try it. It took forever to thicken the sauce but it tastes good. Didn’t put too much spices cause we like to have it sweet and it worked!

    Thanks for sharing this!

    • You’re welcome, J-Anne! πŸ™‚
      Yeah, it took foreverrrrrr to thicken the sauce too on my end. Glad you liked it. πŸ™‚

  • Marini Fernandez

    you’re funny! i like your posts, they’re very interactive πŸ™‚

    • Awww thanks, Marini. Puro smileys hahah. Sweet name, by the way. πŸ™‚

  • Joan

    Hi, do u have a recipe for chicken proben/proven?

  • Ricky Ybardolaza

    Thanks for giving away Manong’s secret! My children who grew abroad love fishball, quekiam and kwek-kwek but all these taste bland without the sauce. Now we can enjoy without worrying about food poisoning and contamination.

  • Precious

    I can’t believe you don’t really put vinegar to this sauce! I might as well try this! πŸ™‚

    • Yes! I couldn’t believe it too. πŸ˜€
      Hope you’ll like it!

  • Squid ball and kikiam eater

    All I can say is Manong is very patient, it took ages to thicken to the gravy consistency we liked! Thank you for posting this recipe, it’s almost like manong’s, except my husband says it tastes ‘too clean.’ Hehe.

    • Hahahah yeah πŸ˜€

      Oh, and you’re welcome. πŸ™‚

  • GAEL

    VERY GOOD…….

  • Lynn

    thanks for the recipe however, I can’t find a perfect fishball from the market that’ll have the same taste from what we buy in the streets.. may i know which fishball brand you buy ?

    • Oh I can’t remember. πŸ™ But it’s just a regular fishball brand. If we see a fishball vendor next time, we’ll ask them. And we’ll also check the brand we used.

  • Patty

    The sauce was perfect! We tried it last night and enjoyed it. Tastes just like manong’s. Thank you so sharing the recipe. πŸ™‚

    • Glad to hear, Patty! πŸ™‚ And you’re welcome!

  • margeg

    Success! Just went a little overboard with the garlic but the extra sugar made it a hit with my 3 little fishball monsters. Thanks!

    • Thanks for the photo, Marge! Glad you and your kids liked it. πŸ™‚

  • RSG

    Silly question… How do you store the left over sauce for future use? Put inside ref or just normal room temp?

    • We recommend inside the ref then just heat the amount you need next time. We’ve kept ours for 2 weeks.

  • Your post made me crave for fishballs and streetfood!!!!

  • Reden

    apir! share ko nga to kay misis, pareho kameng adik sa pishballs.. next mo naman ipost eh how to make the kariton ^_^

    • Hahaha sige, mag-aral kami ng carpentry. πŸ˜›

      We hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • just want to share my variation on how this sauce is done.
    In a heavy sauce pan heat
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    3 tablespoon butter
    add 2 tablespoon all purpose flour and stir until flour is light brown. set aside.
    saute in 1 tablespoon oil the chopped medium sized onion, chilli and 2 cloves minced garlic until soft. This will bring out the spice flavors.
    pour 4 cups of sprite or water, add the butter and flour mix and stir well. season with 4 tablespoon soy sauce and 1 teaspoon salt.
    add the 3/4 cup brown sugar and continue stirring.
    dissolve 2 tablespoon corn starch with 2 tablespoon water and add to thicken shine your sauce. after a minute remove from heat and continue stirring for another minute. Let cool.

    enjoy your sauce without the taste of flour in your mouth. πŸ™‚

  • John Capuchino

    Thanks for the awesome looking recipe I am sure it taste just as good. My problem is the fish balls, where can I buy those? Can I order them online? Or do you also have recipe??I live in Kansas and all we have down here is BBQ. lol

    • jho

      wow im looking for this since long time ,i will do this sauce soon,look yummy.i hope i can do it.thank you

    • Nina chan

      Check out china town they should have it in the frozen areas and fresh section I am from Edmonton Canada and when I crave for those yummy street food I go to china town.

  • Jo

    Thanks Mhel! I will try this at home. It’s been about 30years longing for this FISHBALL with its sauce. My family will love this……

    Thanks again

    • We hope you’ll find it close to the fishball sauce you know of. πŸ™‚

  • Charina

    Thanks for sharing this! I’ve been craving for fish ball too but not eager to buy ’cause i dont have the perfect sauce. Now my kids and I super excited to make this sauce.

  • Michelle

    AT LAST!!! I’ve had countless trials and errors in making this sauce and have been wondering how the heck those vendors make it. yun lang pala yun! will try this real soon and maybe makapag sideline ako as fishball vendor sa harap ng bahay ko…wooot!

    • Michelle

      I’ve always thought that vinegar is part of the ingredient…kaya pala sablay parati yung mga ginagawa kong sauce. i keep adjusting the amount of vinegar from more to less, dapat pala NONE…hahaha

      • Ako rin!!! Hahahah. It made sense nga when the manong who gave me the recipe said na walang vinegar dapat kasi matamis lang talaga yung nalalasahan ko sa fishball sauce nila. πŸ˜€

  • Jen

    Thank you! The best ang sauce mo! I’ve been looking for the best recipe for years! Kudos to all who SHARES!

  • Sarah

    I remember the manong fishball vendor in our school years ago that he poured a half-full bottle of coke into the sauce. Probably a sub for sugar.

    • Yeah, probably. Some of the people who left comments here said merong recipe with Sprite.

  • jason

    naalala ko tuloy nung bata pa ako na kaya daw masarap yung
    sauce ng fishball ni manong kasi may secret ingredient daw na butiki yun…has anyone had the same experienced?pero kain pa din ako ng kain..hahaha…anyway thank you to Madam Mhel for sharing this recipe.magluluto ako bukas nito sigurado…..

    • Hahahaha matino pa nga sinabi sayo. Sakin, gross talaga yung sinabing ‘secret’ ingredient. πŸ˜€
      Hope you like this recipe! πŸ™‚

  • eric

    Sarap! How does this compare to the bottled Tentay fishball sauce? I’ve had that and it’s pretty good too!

    • We have yet to try the Tentay fishball sauce kasi we have this recipe. Hopefully, makita namin sa grocery so we can compare. Where did you buy it?

  • emy

    where can i buy your chopper?

  • Bornuk

    In our province, I don’t remember the fishball sauce has garlic and onion. Just thick brown/red sauce yet still yummy. But I don’t have a recipe, so I would like to try yours. Thanks. πŸ™‚

    • Here kasi, we have 3 options – one na almost no other spices added, a second sauce which has the garlic and onions like this recipe I shared, and the very spicy version with lotsa chili. Try this! Masarap pag spicy sya! πŸ™‚

  • jok chu

    HI! came across this blog, wow been longing for someone to post fishball sauce, gotta try to make this para makakain mga bata… thanks for the recipe, will try to make it soon….

  • cupcake

    we just tried it today.. we add a little of chicken cubes and 1 tsp of chilli powder… it turned out perfect!!!.. πŸ˜€

    Thank you so much for sharing.. God bless!

    • Nice twist! Glad you enjoyed your own version of this recipe. πŸ™‚

  • Deng

    Wowww, just reading the comments and seeing the picture convinced me to try it, am sure we’ll love it too! You’re an angel dear, thanks for sharing a delicious recipe…thanks to Manong too wherever he is, God bless you both! πŸ™‚

    • I agree, thanks to him! We didn’t know a lot of people wanted this recipe. πŸ˜€

      And you’re welcome. Hope you enjoy this as much as most people who came here did. πŸ™‚

  • Yheng

    Tried it today!! πŸ™‚ My kids LOVED it!! πŸ™‚ Thanks miss Mhel πŸ™‚

    • Yay!! Thanks for letting us know, Yheng! πŸ™‚

  • The Holy grail of sauce recipe! thanks Miss Mhel this will surely πŸ™‚

    • ano ito sarsa ng lumpia hindi ganito ang sauce ng fish ball iha

      • Very close to a lumpia sauce, but the difference lies on the measurements of each ingredient. We make our lumpia sauce with more garlic flavor, less sweetness.

    • Hahahaha Holy Grail talaga?! πŸ˜€ Hope you enjoy this too. πŸ™‚

  • adrian gonzales

    in batangas which IMHO has the best fishball sauce…instead of brown sugar use pineapple juice na sweetened. sarap!

    • We also received suggestions about the pineapple juice, but this recipe kasi was made in comparison to the fishball sauce we know about. Pero that sounds yummy din. πŸ™‚


    How long will the sauce last when you store it?

    • Ours, we kept in the fridge for over a week, and we just take a few spoonfuls from the bottle and we reheat that instead of the entire bottle of sauce.

  • Juliet

    Thank you for sharing with me this fish ball sauce recipe. Can you please share me too how to make a fish ball? I’ve been missing this food for a long time and I’d like to make this homemade! Thank you so much!

    • We haven’t had a chance to try our hands on making our own fishballs. If we do make it, we’ll let you know. πŸ˜‰

  • noel ong

    tried and taste it, wowwwwww ang sarap, panalo ang lasa, tenk u ng marami sa pag share miss mhel ignacio….

  • Thanks for sharing tha Fish ball sauce recipe! i will try that in my little kitchen following the exact measurement of all the ingredients and the procedure to make! again thanks!

  • miriam gonzales

    thanks for sharing

  • Helen

    i’d been cooking fishball sauce for my extra income sa store ko, me nag-advise sakin na para mas sumarap pa ang sauce, put a bit (1/16) lang ng isang knorr chicken cube (pde rin ang pork/beef. just a bit lang talaga kasi iiwasan nating malasahan naman ung flavor ng cube, just enough lang para malinamnam siya..and it works! sabi ng customers ko lasang pang mall daw ang sauce ko!: )

    • Helen

      now that i’m here na sa bahrain, try ko namang gawin yang fishball mismo para mapatikim ko si hubby ko ng sauce ko. thanks po sa recipe!

    • Thanks for the tips! πŸ™‚

  • LondonBoy

    Pwede bang kahit cornstarch lang or all purpose flour? or dapat bang need yan dalawa na yan? and pwdng white sugar pag walang brown sugarR?

    • celia

      kuya ma smasarap po ang brown sugar…mas match po yun..pwede po ang cornstarch lang po alone o kaya po all purpose flour lang po..pampalapot lang naman po kasi yun eh…dati kasi po ako nagtitinda street foods kaya alam ko po..nabasa ko lang po comment nyo so i decided to reply πŸ™‚ hope nakatulong πŸ™‚

  • Sarah

    Akala ko my soy sauce , wala n pala! Thanks for share this!!! I’m gonna try to cook fishball tomorrow.

    • Sarah

      Wahhh meron pala!!! Nagkamali ako, haha ill try tomorrow!

  • Coy Perez

    The best part is that it is made at home. Ibig sabihin, hindi magagalit si mader kase malinis as in walang nagsawsaw na di mo kilala, hahaha. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • Hahahahaha tama! Pero me certain appeal din yung fishballs sa kalye… πŸ˜€


      • test

        san sa navotas? bka kilala ko rin. πŸ™‚

        • Dun sa dati naming bahay sa Tres, Daanghari. Me nakatambay dun sa me palengke na fishball vendor. Nakalimutan ko itanong name nya πŸ™ I wasn’t sure kasi if it was the right recipe. Sayang. Sana natanong ko πŸ˜€

          • test

            ah, di ko kilala yan. πŸ™

  • Huwaaawww!!! Di ako maka-get over sa excitement! Can’t wait to try this soon! Sobrang miss ko n fishball + street sauce.. Gladly, I am going for vacation soon sa Pinas!!! Yippee!!! Check-out my blogsite too for various UAE destinations… Indulge! πŸ™‚

  • thanks a lot for this. sakto ung recipe!

  • yane nuval

    Galing! Sarap! Thumbs up!

  • Glenn Aquino

    Don’t use Datu Puti Soy Sauce! It doesn’t taste that good!

    • Ay ganun. Noted.

      • Glenn Aquino

        Someone told me the cheaper the soy sauce the better.

  • Guest

    Don’t use Datu Puti Soy Sauce and Vinegar.

  • doc E

    Thanks so much,its been also a long wait for me to have this kind of sauce that really suits my tastebuds,so deliciously good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nicole

    OMG. Thanks so much! This is magic. But we promise to still support Manong Fishballs every now and then.

    • Yes! We still enjoy street fishballs talaga. πŸ™‚

  • Babes

    thank you so much for this recipe. finally i got Manong’s recipe fish ball sauce. πŸ™‚

  • jakieandthebeadstalk

    wow!!! will try this talaga! hay, im drooling na

  • esteban

    i bought this brand tentay fish ball sauce in sm hypermarket. works enough for me.

    • Haven’t seen that yet at the grocery. Anyway, this is pretty easy to make naman.

  • R

    Really close to manong’s! Made a few adjustments lang. Added 1/2 tbsp of soy sauce pa, and 1/4 tsp magic sarap and 1/4 tsp of vinegar and sriracha instead of chilis. Yum! πŸ™‚ Thanks for this recipe! πŸ™‚

  • gemma

    omg! tried it just now. thank you! finally a recipe that is close to manong’s nga πŸ™‚

  • yehbah..

    wow thanks, masarap talaga..I just did it this afternoon and my kids loved it…I add a little vinegar and more chilli powder on my personal mixture at swabeng swabe naman…. this is really good rather than eating fishball sa tabi tabi, mahirap na at baka magka sakit ba nga bata….again thank you very much for the great recipe..

    • Glad you liked it and thanks for sharing your tweaks. πŸ™‚

  • jepoy

    naglaway ako dito. sarrrap!

  • miguel


  • Mike De Guzman

    thanks for sharing. tried your recipe but lessened the sugar a bit. still turned out great! i tagged you in my instagram feed, hope you don’t mind. here’s the link as well:

    • Saw your post and we reposted. Thanks, Mike! πŸ™‚

  • Roni

    thanks so much for this recipe, Mhel!

    • You’re welcome! Hope you like it. πŸ™‚

      • Guest

        Yummy sya sis hapunan namin kanina…post ko bukas yung pics andun sa tab ni daughter…sarap na sarap ang mga bagets hehehhe

  • brownpinay

    At dahil dyan siguradong gagayahin ko ito ayun inutusan ko si wonder maid to buy the ingredients as well sa the squid ball hehhehe…nanakam ang ate mo

    • Hahahahah sis Cieloooo! Gora! Let me know pag nagustuhan nyo rin. πŸ™‚

      • brownpinay

        Yummy sya sis, hapunan namin kanina,,,sarap na sarap ang mga bagets,,,,Ill blog about it and post the pics tomorrow nasa tab n daughter ung pics hehhehe

  • joy

    I love this! Thank you for sharing!

  • Martine1218

    Here is the recipe for the fishball I found. Good luck! Happy cooking..πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ

    Homemade Fishball recipe

    For the fishpaste:

    1lb white fish (polloc or cod)
    1/2 cup tapioca starch or corn starch ( i used the corn starch)
    Egg white from 2 eggs
    1 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp white pepper
    3 ice cubes

    For the fishball:
    1-2 cups fish paste
    Grated carrots
    Minced onions/scallions
    Minced parsley

    Prep for the fishpaste:

    Cut up the fish into cubes. Put all the ingredients except for the ice cubes in a food processor or blender and blend for about 2 mins. Or until smooth. Then add the ice cubes and continue to blend for another 3 mins or so. The paste should be a lot of elasticity and thick. The paste should be very smooth with no solid pieces of fish. Scoop the paste into a bowl and refrigirate for about an hour before using.

    Prep for fishball:
    Add grated carrots,minced onions/scallions and minced parsley into the cold fish paste and be sure to mix it very well. Then form the fishballs and cook them in boiling water for 3-5mins depending on the size you formed. Once they floated that means they are cooked.

    * I boiled my fishballs first before I fried them but I think it’s also okay to fry them immidiately.

    * Try to cook a few to know if the taste is fine or need some more adjustments.

    • Thanks for sharing, Martine! We’ll try this or come up with our own. πŸ™‚

      • Martine1218

        Your welcome!πŸ˜€.. hope you’ll be able to try the recipe.I’ll be looking forward for the fishball recipe to match this perfect sauce, para naman samin na naka abroad who can’t buy or improvise, iba pa din kasi yung pinoy style talaga. By the way I was able to try the sauce already, it’s so delicious. Happy tummy once again!πŸ˜„

        Thanks again and more recipes to come…

        • Thanks, Martine! We’ve taken note of the recipe na. hopefully, we could try it soon πŸ™‚

  • Msk

    Hi! Been carving for fishball street food but sadly Manong street vendor is very rare in my place. I tested your recipe and so happy that it taste just like Manong’s….yum…yum… Thanks for posting….more recipes to come… πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Msk! So glad you liked it. πŸ™‚

      Yes, we promise more recipes soon! You can check out our old recipes – daming masarap, especially Ken’s buffalo wings and pesto pasta. πŸ™‚

  • J

    Is it OK to sautee the onion and garlic first? Ayoko kasi ng hilaw na bawang at sibuyas.. THanks for the recipe

    • That’ll be okay, but you might not get the same consistency since magiging oily yung bawang and sibuyas. But, of course, you could try and just use the least amount of oil para they’ll blend well with the sauce.

  • Jinky of JKJ’s Kitchen

    Thank you for the recipe. It was a hit;)

  • Therese

    I love your recipe!! Thanks for sharing it πŸ™‚

    Just a suggestion though, for those who prefer the sweet blend (like me), you guys should forget about putting onion and garlic. It’s gonna taste weird if you won’t make it spicy. So just scratch those two ingredients and you’ll come up with an awesome sweet fishball sauce πŸ™‚

    • Yeah. πŸ™‚

      Most people love the spicy version kasi. I want it spicier actually, but had to adjust the recipe considering most people’s preference. πŸ™‚

  • grace

    thanks mhel i alread make this recipe, d ba masisira ito> ilang days ang tagal nun sauce?

    • Yung samin, over a week na sa ref, ok pa naman. πŸ™‚

  • Mac Obsines

    I will surely try this tomorrow… I have been wondering how to do the sauce for a long time now… Tnx! πŸ™‚

    • Hope you enjoy it! πŸ™‚

      • Mac Obsines

        Tried it and enjoyed it… also tried the Sinigang with tomato sauce from your previous post… It was all good… Will be waiting for other things to try from your future posts… Tnx again! πŸ™‚

        • Yay! Glad you loved both recipes, Mac. You MUST try Ken’s buffalo wings and the pesto pasta! We’ve posted the recipes before. πŸ™‚

          • Mac Obsines

            I will look.for that post and try it on my next cooking session… tnx again!

  • pusit

    wow! galing πŸ™‚ thanx

  • eccentricmelai

    May request ako Mhel….binatog recipe! πŸ˜€

    • Hahahaha tingnan natin. πŸ˜€

      • eccentricmelai

        nyahahahha….ginawa kong example tong post mo kahapon sa event.

  • eccentricmelai

    ayus na ayus Mhel.

  • Tristan

    I’m barely awake , I just did a 12 hour shift, I got to nap for 4 hours, checked email, FB & lo & behold .. I see something that would definitely put a smile on any Pinoy abroad. I’m about to purchase all the ingredients and I’ll b doing myself & my spouse a big favor this pm by making one of our favorite Pinoy street food in our house. I’ll give u a heads up on what my kids think about ur wonderful recipe. More power to u !!

    • Awwww… ^_^

      We hope you all like this recipe. πŸ™‚

  • Skup Pasaway

    Thank you so much!!!

  • Margaux

    The Seaglow brand of fishballs by Frabelle Foods is pretty spot on! Looks, smells and tastes like the real thing! Can’t wait to try it this time with the sauce! Thanks!

    • Ohh haven’t seen Frabelle’s fishballs in the grocery yet. We love their products, so we’ll try that din. πŸ™‚

  • Anj

    Thank you for sharing the recipe. Will try it real soon. God bless! πŸ™‚

    • You’re welcome. Hope you’ll like it. πŸ™‚

  • Grethel

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I have looking for it for a long time so I can make it myself at home. I do not want to partake of the sauce provided by manong because of the Hepa virus that it might contain. How about the recipe of the fishball itself? Do you know any?

    • I’ve eaten fishballs for a longggg time and I’m doing okay naman. I think it’s part of the fun of eating fishballs or any street food for that matter. Hehehe. πŸ˜‰

      I honestly haven’t tried making fishballs at home yet since we can easily buy packs of them at the market. Pero we’ll try if we can come up with our own recipe.

  • BenjoBenjamin

    Kaya naman pala ang sarap sarap nung sa kalye puro asukal pala. Di ko nahulaan ganon karami pala asukal non versus toyo. At mali ko rin ang paglagay ng suka non hehehe….Thank you!

    • Some said other manongs use Sprite or 7up. Haven’t tried that yet, pero yeah, dami pala asukal hehehe.

      You’re welcome! And enjoy πŸ™‚

  • BienB

    Thanks Mhel. I think I’ll have a fishball party this weekend here in Winnipeg. No shortage of fishballs and squidballs dito. Madami sa Young’s Supermarket (local asian store na meron halos lahat ng pinoy ingredients).

    • Fishball party!! ^_^

      Thanks for the tip. I think many people from there would find that useful. πŸ™‚

  • Lovel

    so that’s the secret….. oo nga nman…. dapat pala munang tumawin ung cornstarch to make the consistency smooth… parang sa pag gawa ng maja blanca, tunaw muna bago i-heat….. now ko lang na realize… thanks for the info…. ngayon, makakagawa na ako ng fishball sauce na masarap…. ^_^

    • Yep, basta gagamit ka ng cornstarch, always tunawin muna sa cold water. πŸ™‚

      Hope you enjoy this recipe din. πŸ™‚

  • Father Gary V.

    I am a parish priest (pastor) of a big Filipino-American parish near Washington, DC (Maryland) I am planning to serve fishballs with this recipe for the sauce on the feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz next month.

    • Awwww we hope everyone likes this. Please let us know! πŸ™‚

  • Joey Baking

    If you dip the fish balls in this and then dip it in the vinegar dip which I used to do in the Philippines, you will get a sort of sweet and sour effect.

  • tholitz

    Thanks for the recipe. Will try it this weekend, mukhang mapaparami ako ng kain ng fishball.

    • Hope you enjoy this recipe! πŸ™‚

      Gusto ko tuloy magfishballs ulit this weekend because of all the comments here. πŸ˜€

  • Katherine

    Thank you for the recipe. I tried it as soon as I read it (at least as soon as we got back from the grocery buying all the ingredients we didn’t have on hand like fishballs, squidballs etc). The whole family enjoyed it! Will make it again soon. =)

    PS. The brand of soy sauce that I used was Coconut since that was what we had at home.

  • maddspartan

    thanks for the share!!!

  • Jackie

    Hi! What brand of fishballs do you recommend from the grocery store?

    • I forgot waaaah. I’ll ask our nanay to buy again and I’ll take note of the name.

  • Martine1218

    I will try this soon! I’ve been looking for the recipe for a long time already, although I found some, I was not satisfied with the taste, there was something missing..
    I have datu puti soy sauce ( cause that’s the only pinoy brand I can find where I live) otherwise I’ll just use kikoman, hope it would be perfect this time. Thanks for sharing this recipe!xxx

    I found a recipe for fishballs(chinese style) they were good..πŸ˜ƒ

    • I never really looked for the recipe online ’cause I thought it’s best to ask the manongs hehehe. I didn’t even know a lot of people wanted to know about this recipe kaya now ko lang na-share. Ang dami pala hahaha.

      I think Datu Puti will also work. I got feedback that Marca Pina works well too, so tty Datu Puti first. Kikkoman might be too concentrated. But let me know pag okay din. πŸ™‚

      Oh, and share that fishball recipe!! ^_^

  • Vrashnahk

    How about the actual FISHBALL itself, where do you get the Manong variety? Where, and what brand, if it has one? I would like to have an authentic Manong Vendor fishball experience at home from time to time. πŸ˜€

    Awesome recipe for the sauce, will definitely try it once I buy me some Manong fishballs!

    • I can’t remember the fishball varieties I cooked the first and second times to test this recipe again. I liked the second one kasi di ganun ka-fishy. I’ll check and will get back to you. πŸ™‚

      I say if you want an authentic Manong Vendor fishball experience, walang tatalo pa rin sa pagkain ng fishballs sa kalye. πŸ˜€

      • Vrashnahk

        Alrighty! Thanks much!

        Will be practicing (and augmenting) the sauce preparation for now. πŸ˜€

  • Joey Severino

    Angel Mhel……. Maraming maraming salamat…..

    • Aww.. thanks! Hope you enjoy this! πŸ™‚

  • Crystal

    Hello! I tried your recipe and true enough, siyang siya yung hinahanap ko na recipe ni “Manong” haha. Thanks so much coz ang tagal ko na ring hnahanap ang recipe na ito! Thanks!

    • Yayyy!! Thanks for letting us know, Crystal. Glad pareho ng fishball sauce ng manong mo. Hahaha ^_^

      And you’re welcome! πŸ™‚

  • Charles de Guzman


  • Jojo A Ordiz

    yum yum….thanks,,,and many more thnx…now i can make yabang to my barkada to make the sauce for our pulutan hhhmmm

    • Last time I made this was for a pulutan / inuman session. ^_^

      Enjoy! πŸ™‚

  • Maverick of Baguio

    You are such an angel for sharing the recipe! for years my nieces had that “what will it taste like now?” face whenever we try to cook fish balls at home with experimental sauce concoctions. since we live far from where most fishball vendors are, we end up with bottled sweet chili sauces that you can buy in groceries which never-ever got close to that satisfaction that you get when eating manong’s fish balls with his to-die-for sauce! just so you know, you have helped into bringing my family closer with your simple act of sharing. merienda time will never be the same, it will be more fun! I will be forever grateful. God bless!

    • Awww… thank you, Maverick. πŸ™‚

      Have you tried it na? πŸ™‚

  • Buffett’s apprentice

    At last! Thank you! I have asked a number of fishball vendors on the recipe of what’s the sauce is composed of and I never had a definitive answer. One time, I asked this manong fishball that I frequent on what he put on those sauces. The man said, “Basta pare-pareho lang ang timpla.” Again, I asked him, “Manong, yung linagay ninyo po sa sawsawan.” And he answered again, “Basta huwag magbago ng timpla, pare-pareho lang ng timpla.” This went on quite a bit. I really don’t know if he didn’t understand my Tagalog or what, or he was just dodging my question. Then, I just walked away after eating my heart’s content of fishball and knowing that the manong fishball got one over me.

    • Hahaha oh my, I actually had almost the same answer from one manong fishball. He has no idea kaya he couldn’t give you an answer or they were told not to share. One of the manongs I talked to said they’re not allowed to share the recipe daw.

      • Jayvee77

        Perhaps the reason is they think they will go out of business if they share the recipe. If people start making their own then who’s gonna buy from them right?

        • Jayvee – Yeah, I thought of that. Pero I still get all giddy when I see a fishball cart even though I know their recipe for the sauce. Nothing beats that kasi – yung kumakain ka ng fishballs sa kalye. πŸ˜€

  • Melelia

    Para sa extra yummyness, you can add a dash of magic sarap or ginisa mix..

    • That should work too since we use garlic, onions and salt. I asked one of the manongs if they put MSG, they said wala naman daw. Magic Sarap / Ginisa Mix has MSG so I skipped it.

  • missbisckt2002

    oohh myyy gooshh i’m salivating now!! so gonna try this one out! we’ve been trying to make manong sauce eversinncee but we always end up with a sweet and sour sauce~ LOL thank you for sharing this recipe!!! =D

    • Hope you like this one and that it’ll taste like your manong’s fishball sauce. πŸ˜€

      Thanks! ^_^

  • el cobra

    My grandma knows best

  • Dennis

    Nice one! I heard before that they put “Royal tru-orange” soda too as their secret ingredient… πŸ™‚

    • Oohh… I never heard of that one before.

      • Dennis

        May I ask for your recommendation of the best brand of fishball in the supermarket? We used to buy at palengke before, but the quality is not consistent. Specially once you put it in the freezer.

        • I’ll check when we drop by the market this weekend. I completely forgot the name.

  • Johwi

    thnx a lot for sharing…now i dnt have to go outside looking for manong just to eat his Fballs bec of his sauce (not even sure if it’s clean) i can now do the sauce myself..

    • I think the not-clean concern is part of the fun of eating fishballs on the streets heeheheheh. But yeah, you can now enjoy fishballs anytime. πŸ™‚

      Let us know if you like it din like Manong’s. πŸ˜‰

  • Jay Manuel

    THANK YOU!!!! My long quest of looking for that ingredient is over!!!

    • You’re welcome! Hope you enjoy this. πŸ™‚

  • mellow

    Thanks Mhel ! I’ve been wanting to have this recipe for decades. I’ll try this asap.

  • aakashrabhya

    you forgot 10ml of sweat

    • Hahahaha… just about a pinch of sweat. :))

  • Jack Dumale

    Secret to happines! haha πŸ˜€

    • Hahahaha… perfect for this weather we’re having.

  • jakbkk

    thanks. will try this on fishball and lumpiang sariwa, 2 of my fave foods. hope my kids will like it too. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, jakbkk. Let us know if you like it. πŸ™‚

  • Sunshine

    Yum!! Living where I don’t have access to fish ball kalye, I hope I can come across a filipino fishball kalye recipe as well!! Miss it much!

    • There are requests from relatives and friends for a fishball recipe. We’ll see if we can come up with our own. πŸ™‚

  • Arien

    I tried it today and it does taste and look like Manong’s! Delish! I did not have any corn starch so I made do with what I have, I used (only) Gold Medal’s Wondra Quick Mixing Flour for sauce and gravy and used sriracha instead of a chili. It came out great. BTW, I also used Marca Pina Soy Sauce. It worked wonderfully too. Thanks for sharing your recipe πŸ™‚ More Power to you!

    • Hi, Arien! You’re the second one who used Marca Pina and got the same result. Yay! Will take note of that. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for sharing your adjustments. And glad you liked it. πŸ™‚

  • jimboy

    thnx apprec8 the tips,…

  • Betty Ann @Mango_Queen

    Oh I love Fish Balls and this sauce is unbelievable. Glad you nailed it. Thanks for sharing it with us. This is so addictive. I can just smell the aroma! Sarap!

    • Thanks, Betty. We hope you enjoy the recipe too. πŸ™‚

  • kayenne

    it might be easier and give better consistency/texture to heat half the liquid with the sugar and soy sauce first, while separately dissolving the flour and cornstarch with the other half of the water. Once the soy-sugar mixture starts boiling, carefully pour in the flour-starch slurry while stirring. this would ensure that all the starches are properly gelatinized and cooked.

    • Good tips, Kayenne. It can also be done that way. πŸ™‚

      The consistency was spot on the second time I made it, following the same procedure, but I turned off the heat before I got the thickness I wanted. It’s easy, no fuss. It’s exactly how Manong taught me how to make the sauce. πŸ™‚

  • Kittykat

    Wow!!! Thank u for sharing! Sobrang miss ko na pinas so I’ll be making this. But I hope I can find brown sugar here in Vancouver.

    • You’re welcome and good luck sa paghanap ng brown sugar. πŸ™‚

      • KittyKat


    • Grace

      You can find brown sugar in Walmart, Canadian Superstore, T&T, etc.

      • KittyKat

        Really? Thanks! Haven’t searched the supermarket pa kase.

      • Thanks for that tip, Grace. πŸ™‚

  • Looks great! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Anonymous

    Parang recipe rin ng sauce ng lumpiang sariwa! 1 cup water, 2tbsp soy sauce, 1/3 cup cornstarch, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 cloves chopped garlic (optional). πŸ™‚ Triny ko rin with vinegar dati mali pala yun!

    • Yun nga eh, kala ko rin me vinegar. And yes, parang sauce ng lumpiang sariwa din. πŸ™‚

  • Ferdinand Chan

    EUREKA!!! Thank you so very much Ms. Mhel πŸ˜€ My wife knows how addicted I am to Manong’s fishball. Pagdating ng hapon sa Makati, pag nakita ko na si Manong fishball, kahit bawal huminto eh humihinto ako at naghahazard para lang tumuhog ng fishball ni manong. Actually kahit nasaang lugar kami kahit naka coat & tie pa ko or kahit naka barong pa basta may nakita akong fishball sa kalye eh humihinto ako πŸ˜€ I will definitely try this one. Thanks again.

    • I can imagine you wearing coat & tie tapos nagtutusok ng fishballs, with matching tulo pa ng sauce sa baba. Hahaha. πŸ˜€

      I hope you enjoy this recipe. Let us know how it goes. πŸ™‚

  • Francis

    Thanks for posting this. Like u, ive tried and failed many times to make this iconic pinoy sauce. Now at last, the secret is out! BWAHAHAHAHA (complete with evil, mad scientist laugh).

    But there are TWO fish ball sauces. The other one being the vinegary, onion and garlic-laden, darker sauce. Do you have the recipe for that one as well?

    • Bwahahahaha natawa naman ako. :)) Try it and let me know if you like this sauce too. πŸ™‚

      I can’t remember the recipe for the ‘vinegary’ version that I made before. It was good, but I like this one a lot more. πŸ™‚

  • Jon Ray Fernandez

    The holy grail of sauces……it took me 30 years but thanks to you Mhel, you cracked this bitch up- the sauce code. I bow to you sensei!!!! Now to make some and maybe bathe in a tub of delish manong’s sauce! (does that sound dirty?)

    • Hahahahaha yeah, the last part sounded a li’l dirty, but that’s how fishballs should be enjoyed, right? πŸ˜‰

      Try it and let me know if you like it the same way you like manong’s. πŸ˜‰

  • bong

    Finally THE sauce!!!! i’ve been also trying to experiment on how to get the right consistency so I’m going to try this!!! Thanks Mhel!!!

    • Hahaha yeah, THE sauce! :))

      Let me know how it goes. πŸ™‚

  • ivy

    thanks ms mhel… this sure goes great also with my veggie fish balls πŸ™‚

    • Uy, yum! Care to share your recipe for veggie fish balls? πŸ™‚

  • Sandra Bacolod

    Thank you for sharing this. πŸ™‚

  • I’ll try your sauce Mhel, looks so flavorful! I’ve made some before with similar ingredients, except I did not put flour and sili. πŸ™‚

    • Nakakaadik. I finished the first batch of fishballs while frying the second batch. πŸ˜€

      Let me know what you think. πŸ™‚

  • grace

    hi iwant to print this recipe, but it is not working.

    • Hi, Grace. We don’t have that feature here eh. When you print this, it’ll include everything.

      Sige, we’ll add a feature for recipe printing. πŸ™‚

      • grace

        thanks, it is ok now, i print everything. tagal ko na hnahanap tong recipe na ito. hehehehehe thanks for sharing.

        • Yayyy buti gumana. Hope you like it. πŸ™‚

          By the way, san mo nakita yung recipe namin? Did you see this on Facebook?

          • grace

            oo buti at gumana, sa kakapilit kong iprint kasi gsto ko nga makuha un recipe, πŸ™‚

            yes sa fb, one of my frend post the recipe kya aun, check ko agad… hehehehe

            • We thought a page with many followers shared this. Marami lang pala nagshare hehehe.

              By the way, we added a printable version para di sayang ink. πŸ™‚

              • grace

                yes i saw it…. thanks a lot…. i will try this one on weekend.

  • Lilian Estabillo Juatan

    Is it ok to put the leftover sauce in the fridge? I want to double the recipe so i will have a sauce ready whenever i want to eat fishballs

    • Yes! We keep ours in the fridge too. You can reheat in a saucepan. πŸ™‚

  • dora

    thank you so much for sharing!

  • Borexxx

    I tried making my own recipe of this few years back and I think It has vinegar in it that’s why it taste different from Manong’s sauce..

    I remember my high school days where me and my classmates has this “suki” fishball vendor in Sucat by the name of “Mang Willy” How I wish I could see him again and ask him for his recipe too.. For me, he has the best sauce in entire Sucat, Pque.

    Thanks for sharing this.. I will try this w/o the vinegar.. πŸ™‚

    • My first 2 attempts had vinegar in it. And I had this breakthrough moment when one vendor (totally forgot to ask his name) told me his recipe. I had to ask him 3x if he’s sure there’s no vinegar. And he was right!! πŸ™‚

      Let me know how it goes. πŸ™‚

  • Ishy

    Gusto ko tuloy ng fishball ngayon hehehe! Thanks for sharing this! πŸ™‚

    • Anytime! πŸ™‚ We hope you like the recipe. πŸ™‚

  • Ann Cagalingan

    Sauce looks so yummy!..Dadagdagan pa ng Garlic pra mas yumminess,Then siling labuyo,Mmmm..Pwede na!! Ready na, na may kasamang kanin! Sarap! :Try ko talaga ito..Hahaha!! sira na namn ang Diet ko nito…Thanks sa pag Post Sweety!….β™₯

    • Adjust lang the garlic, siling labuyo and onions to your liking. The first time I made it, saktong pampulutan. I used 1 medium red onion, 4 cloves of garlic, and 2 siling labuyo. Kulang pa sa anghang for me hahaha. I adjusted this for the general taste and for kids kasi.

  • wena

    na-miss kong bigla ang fishball ni Manong sa UP Campus hehehe. thanks for sharing this recipe. I’ll do this one weekend. will let you know, hope it’ll be sucessful.

    • Let us know!! πŸ™‚ Nakakamiss nga rin. Gosh.

  • DestronLeader

    Aaahh… memories of elementary school days… and at the risk of hepatitis or other diseases too. Hahaha!!!

    • Hahahahaha right!! πŸ˜€ But, I think that’s part of the fun of eating street food. πŸ˜€

  • Issachavez

    Thank you for sharing the reciqe, i will definitely try this!

    • No prob! Let us know how it goes. πŸ™‚