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Nov 6, 2013 08:45 PM

Other than Asian cuisines, what other cuisines have "fish balls"

I have a dinner at Asta (Boston) riding on this.

Any thoughts or insights?

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  1. New England. My grandfather made fabulous fish balls from salt cod.

    1. The Danes eat fish balls.

        1. re: Miss Needle

          I like gefilte fish (and not many of us goyim do)

          1. re: hill food

            It can be anywhere from sublime to vile. My Mom's, closer to the sublime end. The stuff in the jar, not so much.

            My wife (a shiksa), however, won't touch the stuff in any form. To get back at her, I refuse to drink gin.

            1. re: acgold7

              ac - I've never had the jarred. been lucky I guess. but I do understand how it's a particular taste.

              uhh isn't 'shiksa' a strong term?

              1. re: hill food

                Considering that "goy" means either "heathen" or "unwashed," I wouldn't say it's any worse, no.

                But if it bothers you I'll be happy to change it. It is certainly not my intent to offend.

                1. re: acgold7

                  shiksa is not a bad word per se-whereas goy has a definite negative connotation

                  1. re: acgold7

                    I'm not offended by much of anything. you'll have to try harder!

                  2. re: hill food

                    I've never had anything but jarred which I love. I wonder if I'd even like home made?

                  3. re: acgold7

                    depends on the fish used for the "gefilte" fish

                    1. re: jpr54_1

                      Absolutely. Mom was a stickler about what fish she used.

                      Mom used so much onion that her gefilte actually tasted sweet, while the jarred stuff (which I find not too bad) has more of a tinny taste and spongy texture. But it's easier than making it myself.

              2. Bolas de Bacalao Frito (Spanish tapas)

                There should be a variation of this in Portugal...pretty easy to find in Macau as well at their local Portugese and Macanese restaurants (the ones that don't just serve pork chop buns).

                And from Wikipedia:

                Fishballs in parts of Europe:

                Fiskbullar in Sweden and fiskeboller in Norway are usually bought in cans. In Sweden, they are normally served with mashed potatoes or rice, boiled green peas and dill, caviar or seafood sauces. In Norway, they are commonly served with potatoes and white sauce made with the stock from the can, sometimes with added curry.

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                1. re: K K

                  And there definitely is a variation in Brasil as well. Carribean culture, Jamaica in particular does have fish balls too. I would be hard pressed to find a culture that eats a lot of fish that would not bring it together and fry it in a ball.

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