Indonesian beef balls are always the bomb. I think only Vietnamese beef balls that can hold a candle next to them hahahah
I love beef balls so much. In Indonesia we call them Bakso.
Bakso is normally using tapioca as the binder, but I ran out of tapioca flour/starch, so I used agar-agar powder. Turned up just fine, but I think I like them more with tapioca starch. With tapioca starch, I can get that bouncy-ness that you would get from Vietnamese beef balls (in case you are familiar with the Vietnamese but not so much with the Indonesian).
Plus, after awhile of “molding/shaping” them, the last of the mixture somehow would not produce smooth balls as the beginning.
800 g ground beef
A handful ice cubes
1 pouch agar2 powder
1/2 tbsp each garlic powder, onion powder, dry parsley
2 tsp salt
1 tsp BP
2 L water seasoned with salt and garlic powder, to taste
Into Instant Pot blender, process all ingredients until smooth. If needed, do in batches.
Press mixture between thumb and point finger, scoop with spoon
Drop balls into boiling seasoned water
Cook until floating
Ready to be used for soup and whatnot!
Bakso Tanpa Tepung Tapioka
- 800 g ground beef
- A handful ice cubes
- 1 pouch agar2 powder
- 1/2 tbsp each garlic powder onion powder, dry parsley
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp BP
- 2 L water seasoned with salt and garlic powder to taste
- Process ingredients in Instant Pot blender until smooth
- Press mixture between thumb and point finger, forming a round shape, drop into boiling salted water
- Cook until floating