Make your own Bakso

The meatballs

Mix garlic, red onion, salt, and white pepper in a mortar or mixer. Mix the spice-mixture with the eggs, the tapioca-flour and the minced meat. Use your fingers, add a cup of water, and keep on working until the mixture feels soft and smooth.

Boil some water in a rather large pot, at least about 2 liters. Start rolling the mixture into small meatballs. Lower the meatballs into the boiling water. When they float up to the surface they are ready.

The soup

Fry the finely chopped red onion together with the garlic and add salt and pepper. Stir down the mixture into 1 liter of chicken bouillon and add a cup of water. Heat the soup until it boils and then put in the meatballs. Let it simmer for a minute or two before you serve your bakso.

Bakso is normally served with noodles. To spice it up you can use chili sauce, soyasauce, tomato ketchup, Chinese chive. It is your bakso, so you can, and should, do whatever you want to in order to make it taste good.

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A million thanks to Aarina (Nana) Hutagalung and Hans Hansson for sending me the recipe. Terima kasih banyak.