How to Make Mee Bakso (Indonesian Meatball and Noodle Soup)

How to Make Mee Bakso (Indonesian Meatball and Noodle Soup)

Meatballs are ubiquitous in Asian noodle soups. What makes the Indonesian bakso different? They are dense because of the paste used to make them.
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  • Serves: 3 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Place the beef bones in a pot. Cover with water.
  3. Step 3

    Bring to the boil; skim off any scum that rises.
  4. Step 4

    Add the ginger, garlic, cinnamon , cardamom , cloves, and peppercorns . Simmer for at least two hours.
  5. Step 5

    Strain the broth and pour back into the pot; discard the bones and aromatics.
  6. Step 6

    Heat the broth until simmering. Drop in the meatballs.
  7. Step 7

    Using a ​kitchen spider, blanch the sliced carrot and spinach separately in the hot broth.
  8. Step 8

    Divide the noodles among three bowls.
  9. Step 9

    Divide the carrot slices and spinach into three portions and put in the bowls next to the noodles.
  10. Step 10

    Ladle the hot soup and meatballs directly into the bowls.
  11. Step 11

    Top each bowl with crisp-fried shallots and split hard-boiled eggs, if using.