Fish paste is at the base of innumerable classic dishes–Fish Balls, Fish Cakes, Fish Roll, even substituting for shrimp paste in Shrimp Toast. Some Chinese fish stores sell it ready-made, but it tends to be salty and contains monosodium glutamate. We use a small amount of fat in the paste, which makes an enormous difference in richness and flavor. You’ll find that a food processor is a tremendous help.
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