How To Make Bakso : The Indonesian Favorite Food

How To Make BaksoBakso or Baso is Indonesian meatball or meat paste made from beef and is similar in texture to the Chinese beef ball, fish ball, or pork ball. Basically Bakso is made from beef meat with tapioca flour, however Bakso also can be mad from other ingredients such a fish, chicken or shrimp.

how to make bakso

The Indonesian usually served Bakso in a bowl of beef broth, with adding some yellow noodles, , salted vegetables, tofu, bihun (rice vermicelli) , Chinese green cabbage, ,egg (wrapped within bakso), siomay, bean sprout or steamed meat dumpling, and crisp wonton.

Barack Obama , the President of United  States of America stated that Bakso is one of his favorite food while living with his mother in Jakarta. Obama himself eat Bakso while State visiting to Indonesia which attracted many local medias.

Obama eating Bakso

This story makes Bakso vendors in Indonesia using his name to promotes their Bakso, they called their version of Bakso as “Bakso Obama” or Obama’s Bakso.

Bakso Obama picture

Bakso in Indonesia has many variations,these variation basically only relating to its texture and ingredient. There are Variations of Bakso, which includes:

  • Bakso ayam: chicken bakso, which is one of the most favorite behind Beef Bakso;
  • Bakso urat: bakso filled with tendons and coarse meat and unique type of Bakso;
  • Bakso gepeng or flat bakso
  • Bakso bola tenis or bakso telur: tennis ball sized bakso with boiled chicken egg wrapped inside
  • Bakso udang: shrimp bakso
  • Bakso ikan: fish bakso (fish ball)
  • Bakso keju: new recipe bakso filled with cheese
  • Bakso Bakar: Burnt skewered bakso like (Satay).
  • Bakso Malang: A traditional bowl of bakso from Malang city complete with noodle, tofu, siomay and fried wonton;
  • Bakso Kotak: Bakso shaped like a box, cube.

Basically Bakso is originated from China, brought by Chinese immigrant to Indonesia. However, today most of the bakso vendors are Javanese from Malang and Wonogiri. For your information, Bakso Malang and Bakso Solo are the most popular variant in Indonesia.

Today however I will teach you how to make Bakso in general, most variants of Bakso as I mentioned before only relating to its texture so the way how to make them is the same. Bakso is a type of food consisted with 2 main ingredients : the Soup and the Meatball. So if you want to make Bakso you must prepare the soup first.

Ingredients to Make Bakso Soup:

To make the soup you need to prepare some of the basic ingredients below:

  • 400 g veal bone
  • 4 liter fresh water

Veal bone

Seasoning For Beef Meatball Soup:

The soup also need some seasoning, to make that, you need to prepare the following ingredients:

  • 5 cloves garlic, fried and mashed
  • Red onion 4 cloves, fried and mashed
  • Fried onions 1/2 tablespoon, mashed
  • Sugar 2 tsp
  • salt 1 tbsp
  • Pepper 1/2 tsp
  • 4 stalks scallion, white part, thinly sliced
  • Instant beef broth, 2 tsp

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How to Make Beef Meatballs Soup

OK, after you prepare the material ingredients, all you need is cooked the soup, here’s the way:

  • First,boil the water
  • enter all of the ingredients and seasonings together including onions and garlic.
  • Wait until boiling and mature bone
  • Then reduce the heat and let the sauce will still be above the stove.

Beef Meatballs Recipe:

  • 250gr ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons fried shallots
  • 1 tablespoon garlic fries
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 50 g of starch
  • 40 g ice cubes, crushed
  • 2 ltr of water to boil bakso

How to Make The Bakso:

  • The first is insert the meat,pepper, onion, salt, and flour in a food processor or blender. Then Milled them until smooth and well blended;
  • Then Add ice cubes if the batter buckled and hard formed
  • Heat the water over low heat until almost boiling
  • Grasp the dough and press to appear between your thumb and forefinger.
  • then cut with a spoon and put the meatballs in hot water.
  • Do it until all the dough is finished
  • raising the heat and cook until all the Bakso cooked.

If you need visual tip, watch the video on Ho to make Bakso easily below, thanks to Metta for providing this useful and simple guide video on how to make bakso:

That’s it, now you can enjoy your handmade Bakso (Indonesian meatball). Good Luck!



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