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Bakso Goreng Ayam dan Udang (Fried Chicken and Shrimp Meatball)

Posting Date: 01/20/17

Bakso Goreng Ayam dan Udang (Fried Chicken and Shrimp Meatball)

Bakso Goreng Ayam dan Udang (Fried Chicken and Shrimp Meatball) is the food I grew up eating. My mom used to make it when I got home from school. I would then be snacking on it before eating my lunch. In Indonesia, there are 2 types of bakso (meatball), fried and boiled. The boiled one is normally served in a noodle soup or soup. The fried one is normally eaten as a snack or it can also be served in either noodle soup or soup. When it is used in a noodle soup or soup, it is added in addition to pangsit (wonton) or boiled meatball so that there are varieties of dumplings in the soup. For bakso goreng (fried meatball), the type of the meat used could be chicken, shrimp, or a mixture of chicken and shrimp. For this recipe, I use a mixture of chicken and shrimp. My mom used to serve the meatball with her sweet sauce. I know people who serve it with mayonnaise. So, you can also use mayonnaise or combine both sweet sauce and mayonnaise. If you like miracle whip better, you can use it instead of mayonnaise. Since this is finger food, it is good when entertaining the crowds, such as when watching football game, potluck party, etc. Everyone can take as many meatballs they want. You can also serve it as an appetizer. On the website, I classify it under appetizer instead of snack.

This recipe makes about 18 meatballs.


  • 8 extra large shrimp (about 100 g), peeled, deveined, and roughly chopped. They will be ground in the food processor.
  • 1 boneless and skinless chicken breast or 2 boneless and skinless chicken thigh, diced into cubes. They will be ground in the food processor. I think chicken thigh is better because it makes the meatball less dry. However, if you are concerned about the health, you can use chicken breast.
  • 3 cloves of garlic, halved. They will be ground in the food processor.
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca flour or tapioca starch
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil. If you don't like sesame oil, you can reduce it to 1/2 teaspoon. I recommend not to omit it because it adds depth of flavor.
  • 1 tablespoon fish oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder. This will make the meatballs crunchy.
  • For frying: vegetable oil
  • For sweet sauce: 4 tablespoons ketchup
  • For sweet sauce: 4 tablespoons water
  • For sweet sauce: 1/2 tablespoon corn starch
  • For sweet sauce: 1 tablespoon pineapple juice
  • For sweet sauce: 1 teaspoon sugar or to taste
  • For sweet sauce: Optional: 1 dash of hot sauce or to taste
  • Optional: mayonnaise or miracle whip


  1. Place diced chicken, chopped shrimp, garlic, and green onion in a food processor. Process them in the food processor until they are completely ground.
  2. Place beaten egg in a bowl along with ground chicken, shrimp, garlic, and green onion. Add tapioca flour, sesame oil, fish oil, black pepper, salt, and baking soda. Mix them until well combined.
  3. Turn on the stove to medium high heat. Add vegetable oil to frying pan. Once the oil is hot, take the ground meat mixture and shape it to make a 1-1.25" diameter ball. When you shape the meatball, shape it lightly, i.e. do not pack it in hard or press it hard since it will the meatball dense. If you want to make sure your seasonings are according to your taste, you can make 1 meatball first, fry it, taste it, and add more seasonings if needed. TDrop it slowly in the frying pan. You can fry about 5-7 meatballs at the same time depending on how big your frying pan is. Do not overcrowd the pan. Fry the meatball until all sides are brown and the meat is cooked through. Once it is cooked, take it out using slotted spoon and place it on a plate lined with paper towel. Repeat this step until the ground meat mixture is used up.
  4. To make sweet sauce, add ketchup, water, sugar, corn starch, pineapple juice, and hot sauce (if preferred) into sauce pan. Whisk the sauce and turn on the stove to low heat. Whisk the sauce from time to time to make sure the sauce is mixed well and the sugar is dissolved. Let the sauce warm up. Taste it and add more sugar or hot sauce if needed. Once the sauce is warm and slightly thickened, turn off the heat and remove the pan from the heat. Pour it on a small bowl.
  5. Serve the meatballs with sweet sauce and mayonnaise or miracle whip.

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