Wednesday, 25 November 2020

My Delicious Deep Fried Meatballs

I'll have to admit that fried meatballs are tastier than baked ones. They look a lot better too, all nice and golden brown. Don't you agree?

But of course, they are oilier and you waste quite a bit of oil in the process of deep frying. 


As you can see from the photo above, I was too generous with corn. Not only were corn inside the meatballs, they were sticking on the outside too. And yes, some fell off and I had to scoop them out with a slotted ladle.


What makes meatballs delicious are the ingredients and seasonings that you mix into it. I notice that the orang putih  use breadcrumbs as a binding agent but I have never used those before. And neither has my mum or my late grandmother.

The usual suspects in my meatballs are always carrots, onions, spring onions (or sometimes chives), light soy sauce (I used to use salt but now prefer soy sauce) and loads of pepper. And yes, the occasional corn. I also tend to use garlic powder (instead of fresh) as it distributes more evenly into the meatballs. 


These days, to make finely chopped carrots, I simply grate them (onto my chopping board) using my trusty box grater. Then I take a knife and simply chop them up to get finer bits of carrots. Why, I even grate the onions along too hee..hee...

I actually love making meatballs because it's easy. Just mix up the minced meat and all the other ingredients together until they form a sticky mass before forming them into balls or patties.

Then you can deep fry, pan fry or bake them in the oven. You can eat the meatballs as is with chili sauce or tomato ketchup or mix them up with baked beans (I love this!). Or make a sweet and sour sauce and you get some sort of sweet and sour meatballs.

Instead of making meatballs you can also use the mixture to stuff bittergourd (or whatever veges that can be stuffed) like what I did here.


So here's to happy meatballing!

Deep Fried Meatballs
Recipe source : PH

Ingredients :
- 300g minced meat
- 1/2 a small carrot, grated and minced
- 1 small red onion, finely minced (you can do like I do, grate it along with the carrot and then mince)
- 1/2 cup corn kernels (optional)
- 2 tbsp finely sliced spring onions or chives
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp light soy sauce (or to taste)
- 1 tsp pepper (or to taste)
- 1 tablespoon cornflour
- 1 egg

Method :
1. Mix all the ingredients up until the mixture is well combined and sticky.
2. Form into balls or patties.
3. Fry in hot oil until golden brown.
4. Drain on paper towels and serve warm.

25 comments:

  1. Looks good! I'd let mine stand on kitchen towels to soak the excess oil. If the oil is hot enough, it will not be too oily.

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    1. That day I actually ran out of kitchen towels. LOL!

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  2. yummyzzzz!!! I wanna have some too!!!!

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    1. They are really good. You can make at home mah... or get your mum to do :)

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  3. I've used breadcrumbs before in my meatballs (I think I first learned that from Jamie Oliver) and I have to say that the meatballs are indeed more juicy with it. I use it if I happen to have stale bread in my fridge, otherwise I would omit it. It's particularly good when there's a sauce involved, like when you're making meatballs spaghetti as I believe (my rationale lah) that the breadcrumbs in the meatballs soak up the sauce thereby making them more juicy. If making fried meatballs, I'm thinking the breadcrumbs may belp to soak up the egg and add moisture to the meatballs. ^_~

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    1. I should try using breadcrumbs and see what it's like!

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  4. So tasty! I wanna eat but don't wanna make cos I am plain lazy. Are you working only a certain hours in the office as stated by the SOP? I am not sure whether anyone is following it or not.

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    1. You can always get your spouse to make these hee..hee...

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    2. Not worth the effort to cook la. Just order and eat fast food for me is enough already. Wanna die young.

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  5. You are so clever and I should give you an Oscar Award. I definitely agree that fried ones are better as the bakes ones would be dry and need to be immersed in gravy sauce to eat.
    I would enjoy your balls with generous corn and carrots that would make the texture yummy. Why don't you retire in 2021 and open a cafe in BU? I will be your waiter, a very funny one.

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    1. hah..hah... with your great PR skills and humor, my cafe will be very popular!

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  6. Looks so good...and love the loaded corn in them.

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    1. The corn gives it another level of flavor which I love!

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  7. I will use breadcrumbs for my meatballs as I have my homemade breadcrumbs which forever cannot finish in my pantry. LOL
    I prefer oven bake because it's less hassle and not need to use oil. Another alternative is air fryer but only for small batch as mine is small capacity.

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    1. My air fryer will arriving soon (Black Friday punya pasal) and I hope you can share more air fryer ideas!

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  8. I love patties too! Been making them on and off these days... and today I thought of replacing meat with minced prawns instead... finally got 1 kg bought through a friend..

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  9. I fry meatballs once in a while too. My kids like and finish them in quick time. Lol.

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    1. Meatballs are always popular with kids.

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  10. Ohhh! I love meatballs and I love corn too. Yes, I have corn in my fridge and I am going to make these meatballs. Thanks for the recipe.

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  11. I just had meatballs yesterday, yums!

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