How to Cook Filipino-Style Carp Fish Bola Bola

Updated on March 7, 2020
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Filipino-style carp fish bola bola
Filipino-style carp fish bola bola | Source

What Is Bola Bola?

Bola bola, which literally translates to "ball ball," is a Filipino-style of meatballs. In most traditional recipes, bola bola are prepared with minced pork; however, they may also be prepared with other ingredients, such as beef, chicken, vegetable, or seafood. In this recipe, I made bola bola with carp, though you could choose any kind of fish you prefer.

fish bola bola ingredients
fish bola bola ingredients | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 16 bola bola

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups carp fish, ground
  • 1/2 egg
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Cooking oil, for frying

Utensils

For Preparation:

  • 2 medium bowls
  • 3 small bowls
  • 1 small plate
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • chopping board
  • knife
  • fork

For Cooking:

  • frying pan
  • spatula
  • 2 teaspoons

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, add all of the ingredients (excluding the cooking oil). Mix thoroughly. Set aside.
  2. Heat cooking oil in a frying pan.
  3. Quickly dip two teaspoons in oil (this is done to prevent sticking). Using these spoons, scoop about 1 tablespoon's worth of the fish mixture and form a ball. Immediately drop each ball into the frying pan. Cook thoroughly.
  4. Repeat step 3 until all of the bola bola have been cooked.
  5. Serve with your favorite sauce.
Carp fish bola bola recipe
Carp fish bola bola recipe | Source

Tips and Techniques

  • Adjust the amount of fish mixture based on your desired number of portions. Just make sure to cook thoroughly.
  • Replace carp fish with any kind of fish you prefer.
  • Apply oil on each teaspoon to prevent the fish mixture from sticking to the spoons.
  • Serve with sweet and spicy fish ball sauce or spicy soy-vinegar dip.

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    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      4 months ago from Manila

      Hi Eman,

      I also enjoy eating fish especially if its a snack like this. I hope you try this recipe.

    • Emmy ali profile image

      Eman Abdallah Kamel 

      4 months ago from Egypt

      I like eating fish and I think it is a delicious snack. Also, it is easy to make.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      4 months ago from Manila

      Hello Kyler,

      For sure, you'll enjoy this simple yet delicious carp fish bola bola recipe especially if served with homemade spicy soy vinegar dip.

    • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

      Travel Chef 

      4 months ago from Manila

      Hi Anju,

      I'm glad to hear that from you. I hope you try it.

    • ANJU VIVEK profile image

      ANJU VIVEK SHARMA 

      4 months ago from INDIA

      WILL try n give the feedback

    • Kyler J Falk profile image

      Kyler J Falk 

      4 months ago from Corona, CA

      No vinegar! Are you crazy? hahaha!

      Always making me hungry.

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