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I Can Cook: Closest-To-Manong’s Fishball Sauce

We are all guilty of this. Admit it. We all want to recreate that perfect fishball sauce that we used to buy from Manong who passes by our house or the one selling outside our school. Fishballs are not fishballs without this sauce. Well if you are not, I am. That has been one of my life-long missions and dreams. After today, I think I can now cross it off my bucketlist. I made a pretty close sauce that my husband started calling me “Manang’. Buset.

I found this recipe from Certified Foodies and I added just a few more ingredients as requested. Here’s the recipe to the Closest-To-Manong’s fishball sauce:


1 small white onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

4 cups of water

2 tbsps flour

2 tbsps cornstarch

3/4 cup brown sugar

4 tbsps soy sauce

1 siling labuyo chopped

salt and pepper to taste


  • Dissolve the flour, cornstarch and sugar in the water and soy sauce. Make sure the water is not hot when this is done.
  • Place over heat mix wait for the mixture to boil, stirring occasionally.
  • When it is boiling, add the chopped garlic, onions and pepper. Add salt and pepper.
  • Simmer while stirring constantly until it reaches the consistency that you like.
  • Serve with fried fishballs and enjoy.

I would have wanted my sauce a little thicker but we were so excited to eat we didn’t wait for it to reach the consistency anymore. The thicker it is, the sweeter it tastes.My next project is to make home-made fishballs. Enjoy!




19 thoughts on “I Can Cook: Closest-To-Manong’s Fishball Sauce

  1. Thanks for this Maggie! For some reason, I really find this difficult to do! Hit or miss ako. Minsan sobrang asim, minsan sobrang tamis, minsan masarap, minsan hindi. But now with your recipe, I hope it will always be a HIT! πŸ™‚

  2. Was googling for fishball sauce recipes and I think this one is the closest to “manong pushcart’s” recipe! Thanks for posting this. Excited to try it out. πŸ™‚

  3. I made it!! Man, this is a freakin GAME CHANGER. Lol
    I followed ur recipe with a little tweaks here and there.. I added an additional teaspoon of soy sauce. I also saw a comment here that suggested adding a TS of fishsauce and a TS of vinegar—–which i did. And man it tasted just like it came out of manong’s sticky garapon!!! Woooh! Solid! Thanks fo the recipe. Kudos to you!! πŸ˜€

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