Veggie Balls With Manong Sauce

You should acquire 8 ounces of fried extra-firm tofu and 12 quail eggs that have been simmered. Put the ingredients in a wok and simmer until the sauce has reduced and thickened. Salt and powdered black pepper can be added to taste as a final touch.

Simply place this in a serving dish of your choosing, and you’re done! Congratulations on creating a dish that is both straightforward and delicious. If you are searching for substitutes for ingredients you do not have, I can provide you with a few options for this recipe.

You may already be acquainted with fish spheres and squid balls. But this recipe in particular is suitable for the Pinoy vegan diet, as it utilizes vegetables to produce this salty ball-shaped snack. And as a result, it has a distinct, delicious flavor and a somewhat meaty texture. Before we begin cooking, you may wish to research additional Filipino street cuisine to create the ideal merienda with your veggie balls.

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Yet another dish that will go perfectly with our Manong Sauce, Kwek-Kwek is a crowd favorite because it truly makes the rich, savory taste of eggs shine. We coat the simple boiled egg with an orange batter that turns irresistibly crunchy once we deep-fry it. Lots of people also like to have this with the exciting sourness of a vinegar dip, but you can also definitely enjoy this as a solo dish.


Speaking of ball-shaped merienda treats, are you instead in the mood for something sugary and delicious? Carioca is made with shredded coconuts and sweet rice flour, which is what creates its distinct taste. Because of its popularity, you will easily find Carioca in food establishments in the Philippines. But this also gives you a great taste of home when you’re staying abroad, and are looking to make some homemade Pinoy goodies.

How to cook Veggie Balls with Manong Sauce

1. Combining ingredients

In the first stage, bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a cooking pot. Place inside 1-star anise, 8 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 14 tablespoons of Knorr Liquid Seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, 3 chopped Thai jalapeño peppers, and 1 teaspoon of onion powder.

2. Letting the mixture simmer

Now that all of our ingredients are in the saucepan, we can simply stir them until they are thoroughly combined. Then, simmer this for five minutes.

3. Achieving the perfect sauce consistency

In a clean container, combine 3 tablespoons of cornstarch with a quarter cup of water. After thoroughly mixing the ingredients, pour the mixture into your saucepan. Continue cooking the Manong Sauce while stirring continually. When it becomes smooth and thick, you will know you’re done. Then, pour the mixture into a desired sauce container and allow it to cool.

Cooking the veggie balls

Veggie Balls With Manong Sauce

1. Creating the veggie balls

Combine two cups of all-purpose flour and three and a half tablespoons of cornstarch in a basin. Combine them thoroughly. As you stir, pour 1 14 pints of water into the container. After that, add the vegetables. That would be 1 shredded carrot, 1 minced bunch of green scallions, 34 cup shredded kalabasa, and 34 cup frozen green peas. Combine these ingredients thoroughly.

2. flavoring the vegetable patties

For added flavor, sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of Knorr Liquid Seasoning. This combines your constituents until they are thoroughly blended.

3. Frying the veggie balls

In a deep cooking pot, pour two gallons of cooking oil. However, we must first roll the mixture we created earlier into small balls that fit precisely on a stick. Once the oil is heated, place each of your raw veggie balls in the pot. Allow each one to fry until they float and the exterior becomes golden brown.

4. Setting up the dish

Once cooking is complete, all that is left to do is remove the veggie balls from the saucepan. Arrange these on bamboo poles in an attractive manner. Then, serve them with your tasty Manong Sauce for dipping or pouring over the vegetable patties.

Have you enjoyed making these Veggie Balls with Manong Sauce? I would love to hear about your experience with this recipe. Please leave your queries and comments below so I can respond.


Veggie Ball Ingredients:

  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Knorr Liquid Seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 1 bunch green onions minced
  • 3/4 cup green peas frozen
  • 3/4 cup kalabasa shredded
  • 1 teaspoon onion power
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups cooking oil

Eggplant Balls Ingredients:

  • 2 Chinese eggplants peeled
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 onion minced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups cooking oil

Manong Sauce Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 tablespoons Knorr Liquid Seasoning
  • 8 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 star anise
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 Thai chili pepper chopped

Spicy Vinegar Dipping Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons granulated white sugar
  • 5 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 Thai chili pepper chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Veggie Balls


  • Make the manong sauce by boiling water in a cooking pot. Add star anise, brown sugar, Knorr Liquid Seasoning, garlic powder, chili pepper, and onion powder. Stir until well blended. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Combine cornstarch and 1/4 cup water. Stir and pour into the pot. Continue cooking while constantly stirring the mixture until your desired consistency is achieved. Transfer to a sauce bottle and let it cool down. Set aside.
  • Make the spicy vinegar dipping sauce by combining all the ingredients as listed above in a jar or bowl. Mix well. Set aside.
  • Make the veggie balls by combining flour and cornstarch in a bowl. Mix well and then gradually add water while mixing.
  • Add carrot, green onion, kalabasa, and green peas. Mix well.
  • Season with Knorr Liquid Seasoning. Mix until all ingredients are well blended.
  • Heat cooking oil in a deep cooking pot. Mold the mixture into balls and then fry in medium heat until it floats, and the exterior part turns golden brown in color.
  • Remove from the pot and skewer using bamboo sticks. Dip in manong sauce or spicy vinegar before eating.
  • Make the eggplant balls by boiling the peeled eggplant until it gets tender. Cut it into smaller pieces and then mash. Combine with egg, all-purpose flour, onion, garlic, salt, and ground black pepper. Mix well. Form into balls and roll it over the panko breadcrumbs. Deep fry in low to medium heat until the color turns golden brown. Remove from the pot and let it cool down. Dip in manong sauce or spicy vinegar before eating.
  • Share and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 1218kcal (61%) Carbohydrates: 73g (24%) Protein: 10g (20%) Fat: 100g (154%) Saturated Fat: 8g (40%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 28g Monounsaturated Fat: 62g Trans Fat: 0.4g Cholesterol: 20mg (7%) Sodium: 1160mg (48%) Potassium: 657mg (19%) Fiber: 7g (28%) Sugar: 20g (22%) Vitamin A: 1628IU (33%) Vitamin C: 19mg (23%) Calcium: 128mg (13%) Iron: 4mg (22%)


What are Veggie Balls with Manong Sauce?

Veggie Balls with Manong Sauce is a vegetarian or vegan dish that features plant-based meatballs made from a mixture of vegetables, legumes, or tofu. These veggie balls are then served with a savory and flavorful sauce called Manong Sauce.

What are the ingredients typically used in Veggie Balls?

The ingredients used in Veggie Balls can vary based on personal preferences and dietary restrictions. Common ingredients include grated vegetables like carrots, zucchini, or broccoli, cooked lentils or beans, tofu, breadcrumbs or oats as a binder, and various spices and seasonings for flavor.

What is Manong Sauce made of?

Manong Sauce is a Filipino-inspired sauce typically used to accompany Veggie Balls. The exact recipe can differ, but it generally includes a combination of soy sauce, vinegar, sugar or sweetener, garlic, and sometimes ginger or chili for added zest. The sauce may be thickened with cornstarch to achieve a smoother consistency.

Are Veggie Balls with Manong Sauce gluten-free?

Veggie Balls can be made gluten-free by using gluten-free breadcrumbs or oats as a binder. Additionally, ensuring that the Manong Sauce ingredients, such as soy sauce and cornstarch, are gluten-free will make the whole dish suitable for those with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease.

Can I use store-bought veggie meatballs for this recipe?

Yes, if you’re short on time or prefer a convenient option, you can use store-bought veggie meatballs as a substitute for homemade ones. Be sure to check the ingredients list to ensure they align with your dietary preferences. Simply prepare the Manong Sauce separately and serve it with the pre-made veggie meatballs for a quick and tasty meal.

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