Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Indonesian Fried Fishcake / Empek-empek Bulat

When we were dating, my now hubby used to cook this for me and my roommates in college. It was so good, which make it easy for me to  say "yes" to his proposal. Just kidding. Like my grandma, he is a natural cook and doesn't cook with recipe so I have to stand beside him one day to write down all ingredients and steps while he was cooking this dish.     

A few times in a year, I take my deep fryer out from the garage to cook this or fried meatballs. My boys call them: "golden balls" and it's one of their favorite foods. I like to make a lot because I can use them in my soup as well.  


The process: mix all the ingredients with hands/ wooden spatula then make them into balls using two spoons :
 
 
After deep frying, let it cools, then enjoy with the sauce, diced cucumber, and boiled noodles.
Sometimes, we take a little step further by slicing the meatballs thin then cook it with scramble egg like omelet then eat with boiled noodle, diced cucumber, and sauce.



Or just eat them as is

Indonesian Fried Fishcake/ Empek-empek Bulat
Printable Recipe
Ingredients:
4 Shallots - minced
4 tablespoons Fried Shallots
1 stalk Green Onion - sliced thin
1 pound or 450 grams Fish Paste
0.8 pound or 360 grams Tapioca Flour
2 Tablespoons Coconut milk
1 Egg throw away some of the white 
3 teaspoons kosher salt
75 milliliter water 

Additional ingredients to serve the meatball with:
1 pickle/ cucumber - sliced into small 1x1 centimeter squares
Egg noodle and/ or rice noodle, boil
Fried shallots for garnish 

Instruction:
In a big bowl, prepare cold water mix with salt. 
Add in the fish paste, coconut milk, egg, minced shallots, fried onion and green onion, Tapioca Flour. Mix them well - I find it easier to use my hand but use wooden spatula if you prefer
Make them into round shape (like big meat ball) about 1 inch in diameter

Heat the oil in deep fryer. Fry the fish balls until golden or 'till cracked. (about 5-8 minutes}.   
Ready to be served with the sauce

Sauce's ingredients: 
3 cups of water
1/3 cup Vinegar
0.5 pound Brown Sugar - sliced thin
2 tablespoons Minced Garlic 
3 pieces Thai Chili / Cabe Rawit - sliced thin
2 teaspoons salt
3Tbs Preserved Cabbage
1.5 Tbs dried shrimp - minced 

Preparing the sauce:  
In a bowl, mix in vinegar, salted cabbage, garlic and sliced chili. Marinate for at least 2 hours
Boil water with sliced brown sugar. Once the sugar is dissolved, add the above mixture
Add the salt, dried shrimp and sweet soy sauce and continue stirring until cooked
Adjust the taste as prefer. 

Optional: We often sliced the meatball and cook it with egg like omelet
Serve with boiled noodles/ rice noodles
Garnish with the diced cucumber and fried shallot
Enjoy with sauce


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