Be My Guest – Mee Bakso

Today is a Saturday, and time for another guest post. I was just wondering how Saturday to Saturday to move. Days are flying so fast. My little baby is fast approaching it’s third month and this is the fourth guest post on my blog. Like I mentioned before, my blogging friends have been really very kind to revert back to me when I have requested for a guest post, be it Meena, Hasna or Noor. This time, it’s my favorite blogger, MS. JEHANNE ALI!!! 🙂

I do not think that Jehanne from The Cooking Doctor needs any introduction – at all! I have always been very open about how much  she has been very supportive of my blog. She has from the beginning been very kind to me, considering the level her blog sits. What she does is quite unimaginable for me. Being a full time “heart” doctor is not a joke. On top of that, managing to churn out drool-worthy pictures with some fabulous recipes and also clicking pictures for BBC Good Food – that is something that can be taken by an immensely talented person! On top of that, she has four mini cookbooks that are going to be up for sale from June onwards. You can find the details regarding that here. I am already looking forward to having a copy of those mini books to myself – Jehanne, even if I don’t cook anything from it, I will keep going back to it for the pictures for sure!!! 😉

Without talking too much, I guess I should just go straight to the post… 🙂

I am feeling cold and feel like having that bowl of warmth…

I only knew Rafeeda
very recently from her upcoming blog, The Big Sweet Tooth that has garnered a lot
of popularity in short space of 2 months. She even managed to reach a milestone
of 50 posts, which is really an accolade, especially given the fact that she is
also a full time working mother to 2 young darling daughters. Rafeeda wanted me
to feature traditional recipe from Malaysia, and I excitedly agreed as it has
been a while since we have something traditional at home.
If you ask me
truthfully I don’t even know what constitutes ‘Malaysian food’. I can proudly
say that Malaysia is the gastronomic hub in SouthEast Asia, given its melting
pot of races, religion, and culture. We have 3 main races, the Malays, Indians
and Chinese- but a lot of diversity beyond this. Let’s not forget the East
Malaysia/ Borneo where there are at least 30 other different minority races!
Malaysia, or better known as Malaya 100 years ago was founded by the
Indian-Indonesian roots, and subsequently conquered by the Dutch, Portuguese,
British and Japanese, so this is highly reflected in the infrastructure and
food that constitutes ‘Malaysian cuisine’.
Ask any Malaysian
for noodle recipe, they will be confused as we have so many variety of noodles!
Not the Italian style pasta, but the humble yellow egg noodle and rice noodle
which is either fried and known as ‘Mee Goreng’, or brewed into soups. One of
my favourites is Mee Bakso, heavily infuenced by indonesian culture in
Malaysia, it is simply a soup with plenty of vegetables and meatballs. One can
choose the yellow noodles, ramen or rice noodles but the king of the dish is
the meatball itself. Pan fried then simmered in hot broth, they are perfect for
a get-together, or for a cold evening.


Don’t be tempted to
use shopbought meatballs, as I think the homemade ones are not only easy to
prepare, but they can also be frozen and suitable for other uses too, such as
swedish meatballs in tomato sauce, spaghetti meatballs or even as afternoon
snacks on its own. For this particular Mee Bakso, the soup itself is not spicy
so suitable for kids too. The bowl of mee ( noodles) is usually served with
drizzle of spicy soy sauce for extra chilli kick.


I find myself
cooking noodle in soup more often these days, as it is not only full of
flavour, but easy and healthy too. Check out my version of Mee Bakso and of
course the meatball recipe here:
Mee Bakso
400 g egg noodles
Meatballs ( recipe
1 piece firm tofu-
cut into 1 inch pieces and pan fry until golden
3-4 bird’s eye
1 cinnamon stick
2 cloves
1 tbsp ginger-garlic
4 shallots- sliced
1 red onion- sliced
1 tbsp coriander
1 tbsp cumin powder
1 tsp black pepper
1 bay leaf
a small bunch
coriander leaves
3 tbsp extra virgin
olive oil
Salt to season
For meatballs:
500 g beef
2 cloves garlic
1 small red onion-
chopped finely
a small bunch of
english parsley
1 tsp paprika
1 large egg
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
4 tbsp canola oil (
for pan frying)
For spicy soy
sauce (optional condiment):
4 tbsp light soy
4 tbsp dark soy
1 clove garlic-
4-5 bird’s eye
chillies- minced
1 tbsp palm sugar
syrup ( gula melaka)
Juice from 1 lime
Mix all the
ingredients above and serve as condiment with the noodle.

Method for Mee
Bakso preparation

1. Prepare the
meatballs. In a food processor, mince the beef until smooth.
2. Transfer to a
bowl and combine the rest of ingredients (except). Marinate for minimum 1 hour.
3. Form golf sized
balls and pan fry in canola oil until the exterior is brown.
4. Set aside.
5. Make the soup.
Heat the olive olive oil in a pot and temper the cinnamon, chillies, clove,
ginger-garlic, shallots and onions.
6. Add in the
coriander powder, cumin powder, pepper and bay leaf.
7. Once the spices
are well combined, add in around 1.5 litres of water and the half cooked
8. Simmer on low
heat until the broth is thickened.
9. Season with salt
and add in the coriander leaves. Add the egg noodles, tofu, and cook for few
more minutes.
10. Divide into
bowls and serve warm.
Doesn’t that look amazing? As usual, the pictures rock. I seriously need to take some photography lessons from her. 🙂 Thank you so much again Jehanne, for this lovely guest post. This has graced my space so much, I do not know what to tell you.I hope you guys also enjoyed this lovely post from her… Have a rocking weekend, all of you! 🙂

Join the Conversation

  1. Rafeeda, such a nice guest post. Can't wait to try this.

    1. thank u so much sebeena…

  2. quite a post,fantastic clicks.nice guest post

    1. thank u so much meena…

  3. Thank you Rafeeda for having me over! And I think I dont deserve half of the compliments u showered me:P. Your blog is one of my favourites, and I hope u will try out this recipe as well as from the books, as they are nicer than the photos!

    1. hey jehanne, for the work you do, i don't thnk what i've written is enough and you have really been very kind to me… and yeah, regarding the cookbook, that was just a joke, i would definitely try something, especially the desserts, for sure!!! 😉

  4. Lovely guest post dear Rafeeda..:-) As usual,Jehanne's food clicks is so inviting 🙂

    1. thank u so much nisha… 🙂

  5. Thats a breath taking food, fabulous clicks bye Jehanne..Inviting, kudos to both of you.

    1. thank u so much priya… 🙂

  6. nice post with some great clicks

    1. thank u so much sona… 🙂

  7. Lovely recipe and nice guest post to…

    1. thank u so much nabanita… 🙂

  8. This is one delicious recipe by an outstanding blogger:) Having read so much about Jehanne, I am now heading over to her blog! Thanks Rafs.

    1. she's definitely outstanding dear… do check her out! 🙂

    2. thank you, you too!

  9. Great guest post with a delicious recipe! This would be perfect for the cold and snowy spring we're having here in Colorado.


    1. thank u so much nazneen… 🙂

  10. looks so delicious but i don't eat beef….

    1. thank u so much arthy… i guess it should be ok with chicken as well… 🙂

    2. Hi Arthy, yes you can substitute with chicken mince or mutton.

  11. Looks so yummy!! Lovely guest post,Rafeeda!! 🙂

    1. thank u so much rita…

  12. Delicious recipe. Would definitely try out with chicken. It was pleasant to know about Ms.Jehanne. Wow we women only can multitask with perfection.

    1. haha… i like dat comment humi… u've literally put the men's head into shame!!!! hehe… 🙂

  13. Lovely guest post dear…Tempting clicks…

    1. thank u so much saranya… 🙂

  14. superb clicks and a lovely post…looks delicious and tempting too…thanks Rafs for introducing such a lovely blogger…

    1. thank u so much ruxana… 🙂

  15. Great guest post.. Both u & Jehanne rock 🙂

    1. thank u so much chitz…

  16. Hi Rafeeda, excellent guest post. The mee bakso is very delicious, I have eaten this several time. Nice pictures.

    Best regards.

    1. thank u so much amelia… 🙂

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