Yes, its Mama J's Bakso. Mama J or Kakak is my sister in law's (Lin) eldest sister. My children and her nephews and nieces call her Mama J because she use to live in PJ, I call her Kakak. Kakak is like Lin's family's guardian angel as her mom passed away when she was very little. Since she takes care of the family, so does the family's tummies and ours too...Her food is briiliant!
I decided to prepare Bakso last Saturday after reading Eating Asia blog which featured "Not so rubbery bakso", looks very appetising. I got the meatballs (ready to be cooked) from Pasar Tani Melawati. Kakak says if you are in Ulu Langat, where she now lives, you can get the meatballs from AA Minimarket.
So, here's Bakso, adaptation from Ngaini, Lin's previous Indonesian maid...
1 kg meatballs
2 tsp white peppercorns, mildly roasted
2 tsp corriander, mildly roasted
10 cloves garlic
1 inch ginger
4 tbsp oil
1 litre water
salt to taste
choice of rice, yellow noodle or rice vermicelli
choice of bak choi, cabbage, beansprout, carrots, soaked in boiling water, to garnish
1. Mill roasted white pepper and corriander. Pound or blend garlic and ginger adding the milled white pepper and corriander.
2.Heat oil, fry 1 above until fragrant.
3.Add water, leave to boil and add in meat balls. Add salt to taste.
4. Serve with rice or yellow noodles or rice vermicelli, garnish with vegetables of choice, spring onion and caramelised onion. If you like add a dash of soya sauce and chilly sauce,hmmmm brilliant! Love it.