>> Saturday, September 6, 2008
I missed My Kitchen My World of last week edition (with England as the chosen country) due to my broken laptop and my health. Alhamdulillah, now my laptop is ok (Toshiba changed the monitor for free - yay!) and I feel much better, so I'm back to MKMW.
When I visited MKMW and found that Michelle of My Year to Get Skinny chose Indonesia as the theme, I felt so honored and wont miss the chance to participate. Thanks a lot Michele.
When it comes about Indonesian cuisine, we are talking about tons of different kind of foods. Uncle Wiki said that Indonesian cuisine reflects the vast variety of people that live on the 6,000 populated islands that make up Indonesia. Indonesian cuisine is as diverse as Indonesian culture, and has taken on culinary influences from many sources. Throughout its history, Indonesia has been involved in trade due to its location and natural resources. Indonesia’s indigenous techniques and ingredients, at least in the Malay World parts, are influenced by India, the Middle East, China and finally Europe. Spanish and Portuguese traders brought New World produce even before the Dutch came to colonize most of Indonesia. Indonesian island of Maluku is famed as "the Spice Island" also gave contribution on the introduction of native spices to Indonesian and global cuisine (Wikipedia).
To reward Michele for her appreciation to my homeland, I made my fav food ever, "bakso" (beef meatball soup). The recipe that I jotted down below is the one that suits to my taste as bakso lover. I modified it from some of bakso recipes I got from friends and internet.
In Indonesia, especially in Jakarta, you'll find this food sell by the street vendor and they are everywhere. Yup, it's not hard to find bakso in Jakarta, even you don't have to move from your home to eat this food. With a little patience, the street vendor will come across your neighborhood and serve you with this food. You have only to pay around 5 to 10 thousands rupiah to enjoy it (less than 1 Euro - according to today's exchange rate). The bakso sold by the street vendor might be not that tasty, that's why some people will go to a place well known for its delicious bakso. My fav one is in Tebet area, and we (my family and I) named it as Bakso Casablanca. So far, this is the best bakso I've ever ate. Ooooo... I really wanna go home *drooling* (FYI, every time I went home to Jakarta for holiday, by the time I reached home, I ate this bakso directly. My sister bought it one day before and kept it in a freezer).
Actually bakso is not a main food, it's more like a side dish, but lots of people eats bakso for lunch or even dinner and eat it with steamed rice, but it is for me. I eat bakso for breakfast, lunch and dinner, even I wont stop eating if bakso is on the menu. Yup, I'm a bakso freak and I gave this disease to my better half. So, please do not blame me if you'll get the disease after trying the recipe below.
Bakso (Beef Meatball Soup)
Recipe modified by me
Bakso (Beef Meatball)
500 gr ground beef
100 gr tapioca flour
4 cloves of garlic
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp white pepper powder
1 tsp salt
1 block of beef broth
3 cloves of garlic
Salt, pepper and sugar to taste
Water from making bakso and some more (when needed)
Rice noodles, soak in hot water, drain
Egg noodles, boil with water added by salt and oil, drain
Bawang goreng (fried shallots)
Sambel Bakso (bakso chili paste) - recipe will be posted asap
Saus sambal (chili sauce)
Kecap manis ( sweet soy sauce)
Bakso (Beef meatball)
1. Simmer water and beef broth over medium heat.
2. Grind garlic and salt. Set aside.
3. Combine tapioca flour, baking soda, ground beef, egg, pepper and garlic mixture into a food processor. Blend until well combined and smooth. Place in big bowl.
3. Take one table spoon of meatball dough and shape into a ball form. Put the ball into the simmering water. Do it until all the mixture used up. Cook meatballs until floating. Remove from water and drain.
1. Reboil the water from making bakso.
2. Grind garlic. Add into the boiling water. Season with salt, pepper and sugar. Continue boiling over small heat.
Beef Meatball Soup:
1. Put meatballs in a simmering soup for a while.
2. Place rice and egg noodles in a bowl. Add meatballs and the soup. Garnish with fried shallots and chopped celery. Add chili paste, chili sauce, sweet soy sauce and vinegar when desired.
* You can also make the soup from boiling beef bones. The soup will be tastier.