Cooking Class: Variety of Bakso with Chef Ami MasterChef

Tracing the History and Popularity of Meatballs 

Bakso, a timeless Indonesian iconic dish, has a long and rich history. Believed to have originated in China, it has adapted to local flavors and become a crowd favorite. The distinctive aroma of meatballs always tantalizes the taste buds and evokes fond memories.   


Finding Traces of Meatball History   

While the exact origin of meatballs is uncertain, many theories link them to Chinese culture. One popular theory states that meatballs were first brought by the Chinese to the Dutch East Indies in the 17th century. Archaeological evidence shows the similarity of meatballs to Chinese meatballs. Over time, the dish has evolved with a variety of unique flavors and textures in Indonesia, becoming a widely loved favorite.   


Admiring the Variety of Meatballs   

The world of meatballs is full of enticing variations in flavor and texture. From the classic beef meatballs to the spicy mercon meatballs, each type has its own uniqueness. These meatballs can be categorized based on the meat used, such as beef, chicken, fish and shrimp meatballs. In addition, there are also meatballs filled with eggs, cheese, or other ingredients that add to the deliciousness.   

  • Beef Meatballs: A classic meatball made from ground beef, it has a savory taste and chewy texture.   
  • Chicken Meatballs: Meatballs made from ground chicken, with a lighter flavor and softer texture.   
  • Fish Meatballs: Meatballs made from ground fish meat, have a fresher flavor and a smoother texture.   
  • Shrimp Meatballs: Meatballs made from ground shrimp meat, have a unique flavor and chewier texture.   
  • Egg Meatballs: Meatballs filled with hard-boiled eggs, giving a different flavor sensation and a more varied texture.   
  • Cheese Meatballs: Meatballs stuffed with mozzarella cheese, giving a creamy touch and a distinctive savory taste.   
  • Meatballs: Meatballs filled with small meatballs inside, giving a surprise sensation when bitten.   
  • Bakso Mercon: Spicy meatballs made from ground beef and cayenne pepper, giving you an appetizing spicy sensation.   


Dive into the Perfect Meatball Making Technique  

Making delicious meatballs requires special skills and techniques. Here are some important factors to consider:   

  • Raw Material Selection: The quality of the raw materials is key. Use fresh, fat-free meat for the best flavor and texture.   
  • Raw Material Processing: Grind the meat finely and mix it with selected seasonings. Use tapioca or sago flour for a chewy texture.   
  • Dough Processing: Knead the dough until the protein is broken down and the texture becomes solid. Shape the dough into a round according to taste.    
  • Boiling: Boil the processed meatballs in boiling water until they float and are fully cooked. 



Improve Your Meatball Cooking Skills with Chef Ami MasterChef  

MODENA Culinaria is proud to present a special cooking class with meatballs. Guided by Chef Ami, runner-up of MasterChef Indonesia Season 10, the participants have learned how to process one type of meat into various types of meatballs, such as flat meatballs, smooth meatballs, egg meatballs, brat meatballs, and mercon meatballs. This class was held last Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at MODENA Culinaria.   



Explore MODENA Culinaria: More than Just Cooking Classes   

MODENA Culinaria, part of MODENA Group, offers a wide range of culinary services and unforgettable events. In addition to cooking classes, MODENA Culinaria provides venues and services for various events, from outbound cooking classes to private events. The Culinaria Experience program for companies, organizations, and communities features Corporate Outbound Cooking Class, Private Event, and Pop Up Dining Experience with renowned chefs.   

Visit for more information about MODENA Culinaria and its exciting programs.   

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