Fishballs are a common ingredient in Asian cooking. They make this a really easy curry as they absorb the spices and sauces.






Skill level

Average: 3.7 (3 votes)


  • 1 small daikon
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2-cm piece ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tbsp Keen’s curry powder
  • 2 tbsp sha cha sauce
  • 2 tbsp chu hou sauce, or hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 400 g fried fishballs (available from Asian grocers)
  • 1 tbsp cornflour in 125 ml (½ cup) cold water

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


  1. Peel the daikon and cut into 5-cm irregular pieces. Place into a saucepan of cold water and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes or until tender, then drain.
  2. Heat a wok over medium heat. Add the oil and onion and fry for 1 minute, then add the garlic and ginger and fry for another minute. Add the turmeric, curry powder, sha cha sauce and chu hou sauce and fry for a few seconds or until fragrant. Add 750 ml (3 cups) water and bring to a simmer. Add the oyster sauce and sugar and taste to adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  3. Add the daikon and fishballs, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for a couple of minutes or just until the fishballs are puffed. Stir in as much of the cornflour mixture as needed to thicken the sauce. Serve immediately.



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