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I love going to Korean restaurants because they always serve me a good variety and colorful side dishes =)
One of my favorite ones are the fish cakes. Though I`m not quite sure what the proper term for them are.
They resemble deep fried fish balls in terms of texture and taste.
I believe they are made with fish paste, which is the stuff fish balls are made of. Fish paste is somewhat similar to sausages in the way they are made. Fish meat is ground up into a thick paste. Then it is moulded into different shapes and sizes for food consumption.
The fish cakes in Korean side dishes look flat and long and the top layer is always brownish yellow, which means that they have been deep fried, or that`s the case for Chinese Fish Balls.
They are usually marinated in a salty broth along with chili peppers, onions, a bit of garlic and sometimes carrots, though they don`t taste spicy at all =) They aren`t overly salty, it`s more like a mild salty flavor. The taste and texture is a cross between fish balls and tofu.
Have you guys tried this?
*photo is mine*