Attempted the fishball recipe in 'Perfection with Thermomix in 7 Days' once but tweaked it slightly & the texture didn't turn out as gd as expected. Thus, I automatically assumed it could be due to the fact that I didn't follow the recipe exactly. However, a few other gfs tried it as well & they found it unsatisfactory too. After trying the ones done by Sew Chin, all of us fell in love with it so we decided to try it ourselves too ;)
Ingredients (1/2 portion):
250g fresh yellowtail fish meat, aka 豆腐鱼 in Cantonese (preferably bought the same day)
230g of water (90% of fish meat)
1.5 tsp pink Himalayan salt
A small bowl of salt water (to wet hands)
A big bowl of ice water
1200g of water
1. Fillet the fish from the skeleton then scrape off all the flesh from the skin, in the direction towards the tail.
2. Put both the fish meat & 230g of water into mixing bowl. Blend for 20s / Speed 9 then scrape down the sides & repeat the process again (a total of 3x if preparing a full portion)
3. Next, knead for 30s / Dough Mode (increase to 1min for full portion). Transfer fish paste to a big bowl & set 1s / Turbo followed by 1s / Reverse / Turbo to spin out the residual paste for easy removal.
4. Add in salt to fish paste & mix in evenly till the watery paste curds (becomes harder to mix).
5. Wet both hands with salt water so fish paste won't stick as badly. Put some fish paste onto palm & make a fist. Next, use thumb to gently smoothen top part of paste then slowly squeeze the paste out into fishballs of desired size.
6. Dip a spoon into the salt water then use it to scoop out each fishball from hand before putting into the bowl of ice water to soak for at least 2.5-3 hours (depending on how salty u like them to be) for the extra salt to dissolve inside the water or else the fishballs will be too salty.
Variation - u can also use the fish paste (without soaking) as fillings for beancurds, green / red chillies, lady fingers, tau pok etc to make your own yong tau foo. Note that while the paste might b a bit salty, we still find it palatable cos the saltiness is balanced by the 'hosts'.
the water used to soak the fishballs. Before cooking, add some water to separate the fishballs 1st.
8. Pour 1200g of water into mixing bowl, insert simmering basket then put on the lid to cook 10mins / 120°C / Spoon Speed.
9. Pour the fishballs (seperate into 2-3 batches) through the lid's hole then cook 10mins / 100°C / Speed 2 till they float. Actual cooking duration may vary slightly depending on the size of your fishballs so reduce or extend accordingly. Repeat for the remaining batches.
For non-Thermomix readers, you can still follow the steps & pictures to blend your fish using your normal blender but u may need to allow for additional blending time accordingly, depending on the power of your blender's motor. Then, u'll have to manually 'slam' the meat repeatedly (at least 60-70 times) to achieve the 'QQ' texture.
The texture of the fishballs are almost identical to that of their commercial counterparts but without all the additional flour / additives etc. Even my mum who does her own fishballs the tradtional way told me they're bouncy! One of the main reasons why I love my Thermomix is I'm able to do most of my food from scratch, just like how our grandparents / parents used to do, but in a more efficient & hassle-free way.