Korean Fishballs?

I sometimes crave for Filipino goodies but too bad that the Filipino market is only open on Sundays. Yesterday, I wanted to have “fishballs”. When my son and I had a trip to the neighborhood supermarket, I immediately checked if they have sweet chili sauce. So I got a big bottle and checked out the Korean “fishcake” or “o-meok” as they call it. The fishcakes come in different shapes. I got the small rounded ones, just like the Filipino “fishballs”.

Korean "fishballs" and Thailand's sweet chili sauce
Korean "fishballs" and Thailand's sweet chili sauce

The 150-gram bag of “o-meok” is 1,520 while the 435-gram bottle of the sweet chili sauce is 5,100 won for a total of 6,350 won or about 6 USD?!
The Korean fishballs is actually prepared as soup or side dish. Instead of deep-frying, like we do with the Filipino fishballs, I just pan-fried this until brown. I actually wanted them crisp but I couldn’t wait! LOL…
Anyway, there is no information on the packaging on how many calories does the serving of the fishcake has. So eat in moderation.
Korean fishballs... raw and cooked!
Korean fishballs... raw and cooked!

This one isn’t too fishy and it doesn’t make our apartment smell ;p


  1. I’m hungry, hehehe I love fish balls, I’ts delicious. I want to go there and taste it, here in the Philippines Fish balls are sold by street vendors.

  2. I’m hungry, hehehe I love fish balls, I want to in korea and taste it. here in the Philippines Fish balls are sold by street vendors pushing wooden deep frying carts

  3. good thing that I’m living here in Cebu and I could immediately buy fishballs,squidballs and tempura whenever I want to ^.~ but these pics looks really yum!!! Nice shots Miss Betchay!!

  4. Yummy!!!I do like fishballs & squidballs with sweet chili sauce…I wanted to try that korean fishballs. I’ve been to a korean grocery store here in Philippines but seems they don’t have that kind of fishballs…

  5. My favorite!
    I’m used to calling it U-deng. I remember the first time I ate it, the next day I craved for it, and asked Jagi to buy me 4 big sticks for dinner. If I have to choose among the side street foods, I’ll definitely have it.

  6. Whenever I get the chance to visit Korean supermarket here in Pinas, I always make it a point to buy fishcakes. I remember the first time i bought one pack of it, nagtaka ako kung para san ung maliit na sachet na nasa loob ng packaging. seasoning pala un kasi it supposed to be cooked as a soup and not for frying. I always buy the one that has different shapes and sizes in one pack.

  7. Ms. Bethay
    Let me know if you want me to teach you how to make the Filipino fish balls sauce ( the sweet one). It just so happen that every summer my Hubz tries to make it from scratch and it turns out really well and patok ito even for the young kids.
    Let me know.

  8. waaaa now im craving for fishballs.. later ill go to UP for some fishballs. they have the best sauce in town!!.. ill have some isaw too. ^_^

  9. been eating korean fish balls but the taste is really far from the fishballs we have in the Philippines…its hard to describe the difference but philippine fishballs are way way more delicious and tastier..^^

  10. My family loves fish ball, too. In Baguio, I usually buy from the grocery then cook at home. Even if tempted many times, I avoid buying from the side walk vendors, especially if I see the cooking oil so dark na para bang maraming ulit na narecycle plus open air pa!
    Now in Korea, I and my son love the square-shaped fish cake, pan-fried too. I cook the way my amo (I’m a nanny to a Korean family) cook it for her daughter who doesn’t eat fish cake unless it’s cooked this way. When the fish cake is almost cooked, add corn syrup and a dash of sugar. Stir swiftly and constantly to avoid burning bcause the syrup and sugar burn so swiftly. Just before serving (best if served hot), spread sesame seeds on top (I skip this because sesame seeds are not appealing to my 5-yr old son ^^).
    I’ll be trying the round ones, too, though it takes a longer pan-frying time as compared to the flat and thin square-shaped ones (I’m not much into deep-frying kasi andaming left-over oil which only goes to the garbage).

  11. ate ana ..
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