Indonesian Wedding Celebration and an Indonesian Meatballs Recipe

Recently I had the pleasure of being invited to the wedding celebration of an Indonesian classmate (in Finland).


It was the first time I had been to an Indonesian celebration, but I knew it would be great when I walked in and saw that there was food enough to serve a mighty horde.

The food was delish and I wanted the recipe for everything we ate (I’m sure I will get them in time) but I did manage to get the recipe for the yummy meatballs (“bakso”) we ate . Unlike meatballs I am used to, these were boiled and served in the flavoured water they were cooked in. This made them almost like a meatball soup.


Bakso (Indonesian Meatball) Recipe

300 grams minced meat (beef or chicken)
3 tbs tapioca flour (or else, you can replace it with potato flour)
3 cloves of garlic/2tsp garlic powder
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 block of beef or chicken stock
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp nutmeg

–> mix all of those and blend it with food processor until it is smooth enough. If it is too difficult to blend, you can add a bit of cold water. You can make the meatballs using 2 teaspoons and make it slightly round.

Then, prepare the water to boil the meatballs in.

The “water” is a stock

500 ml water (or you can use the water for boiling the bakso or you can do this separately and add them to the water for boiling bakso later on)

5 cloves of garlic,

8 cloves of shallots, peppers,

beef ribs (you can use the beef stock if you don’t have any)

–> boil the water with the beef ribs. Chop the shallots and garlic and saute. Put the shallots and garlic into the boiling water. Add the pepper and salt to taste. Add the meatballs

Usually we eat it with noodles and vermicelli, and a bit of bean sprouts and green vegetable. Even sometimes some people eat it with rice. So, I think it depends on which one you like to eat it with

Last but not least, add some chilies!



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