Meatball vermicelli stir fry is a simple comfort food consist of meatball and vermicelli. It is one of the popular comfort food in Asia included Indonesia. Almost every house here familiar with the taste of this menu. It tastes sweet and savory. Also, the ingredients are so simple. Despite its simple ingredients, it is still a delectable dish. Take your time for 15 minutes to make this dish!
The Indonesian people are very dependent on high carbohydrates. We consume many ingredients that contain carbohydrates such as noodles, vermicelli, potatoes, and others. You will always find any dish with high carbohydrate ingredients, especially rice, whether in breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
High carbohydrate ingredient, especially rice, is a staple food in Indonesia. You cannot skip it. If you have visited Indonesia, you definitely know how easy to find rice in Indonesia’s main dish.
Besides rice, the carbohydrates ingredients that are quite popular in Asia are noodles and vermicelli. Indeed, you can find various food made from noodles or vermicelli in Asian countries. You can even find delicious instant noodles or vermicelli. But this time, let’s talk about vermicelli!
Vermicelli is a popular ingredient among Asian people. In various countries, vermicelli has different names such as Vermicelli in China, Bihun in Indonesia, Dangmyeon in Korea, Mustame in Japan, Falooda in India, and others.
Vermicelli or “glass noodles” has an elastic and soft texture. The color is limpid or white like glass. Also, it tastes savorless. Because of that, you can mix vermicelli into many dishes. Therefore, I want to share a simple meatball vermicelli stir fry for your lunch or dinner.
Vermicelli and water
Vermicelli texture is dry and hard. You can soak it in warm water or boil it for a while. When they are still raw, the vermicelli tends to be translucent and will turn white when cooked.
Meatball (Indonesian Meatball)
Different from other meatballs, Indonesian meatball has a chewy and delicate texture. Indonesian meatball uses finely chopped beef, chicken, or fish. People usually add broth and complementary ingredients (noodles, vermicelli, chili sauce, soy sauce). Yet, I don’t make Indonesia meatball in this recipe. I buy frozen meatball so I can add it to the dish easily.
You need vegetable oil and sesame oil. You use vegetable oil to saute the dish. Also, sesame oil adds more flavor to the food.
Onion, shallot, green onion, and garlic
The typical ingredients of stir fry! It gives spice to the food. Moreover, I use some Jalapeno to make it spicier.
I prepare the carrot and bok choy. You can change or add other vegetables. It won’t change the taste.
Prepare chicken stock powder, sweet soy sauce, pepper, salt, and sesame seeds for garnish.
How to Make Meatball Vermicelli Stir Fry
Firstly, put vermicelli in 2 cups water until soft. Soak it. It takes 5 – 8 minutes. Set aside.
While waiting for the vermicelli, heat the vegetable oil on medium heat in a large pan or wok.
Then, sauté onion for 2 minutes. After that, add garlic, shallot, jalapeno. Saute it until you can smell the aroma of those ingredients.
After smelling fragrant, add sliced meatball and carrot. Then, you cook it for 3 minutes.
Next, add bok choy and green onion. After that, stir for 1 minute.
In the sixth step, add 1/2 cup water into the pan or wok. Let the water boil. After the water boil, add vermicelli, sesame oil, chicken stock powder, and sweet soy sauce.
Adjust the taste with salt and pepper. Toss this mixture together really well.
The last step, turn off the heat. Afterwards, garnish with sesame seeds and meatball vermicelli stir fry is ready to serve.
Can I make any creation with this recipe?
You can substitute Indonesian meatball or bakso with sausage or any meat you like such as chicken, shrimp, clam, or beef.
Also, you also can go vegetarian or vegan by substitute bakso with mushroom, tofu, or tempeh or fermented soybean cake.
You can change chicken stock powder with mushroom stock powder.
What are you waiting for? Let me know you make or recreate the recipe in the comment below. See you in the next recipe!
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Meatball Vermicelli Stir Fry
- 4 portions Vermicelli Noodles for 4 people
- 1000 ml Water
- 3 tbsp Vegetable Oil
- ½ Onion small cubes
- 2 cloves Garlic finely chopped
- 4 cloves Shallots sliced
- 2 Jalapeno sliced
- 6 medium Indonesian Meatballs
- ½ Carrot julienne cut
- 1 cup Bok Choy chopped
- ¼ cup Green Onion chopped
- 2 tsp Sesame Oil
- ½ cup Water
- 1 tsp Chicken Stock Powder
- 4 tbsp Sweet Soy Sauce
- Pepper to your taste
- Salt to your taste
- Sesame Seeds for garnish
Put vermicelli in 2 cups water until soften. Set aside.
In the large pan or wok, heat the vegetable oil on medium heat.
Sauté onion for 2 minutes then add garlic, shallot, jalapeno, chopped meatball, and carrot and continue cooking for 3 minutes.
Add bok choy and green onion and stir for 1 minute then add 1/2 cup water.
After the water boil, add vermicelli, sesame oil, chicken stock powder, and sweet soy sauce.
Adjust the taste with salt and pepper then stir until well combined.
Turn off the heat.
Garnish with sesame seeds and meatball vermicelli stir fry is ready to serve.
- If you can’t find Indonesian meatball or bakso, you can substitute it with sausage or any meat you like such as chicken, shrimp, clam, or beef.
- You can go vegetarian or vegan by substitute bakso with mushroom, tofu, or tempeh. And also substitute chicken stock powder with mushroom stock powder.