November 30, 2020
The Long History of Meatballs

The Long History of Meatballs

TIMESINDONESIA, SIAL – Meatballs, a round dish made of ground meat is believed to be originated from China. Meatballs were made in the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). It turns out that meatballs have a melancholy history. According to Theepochtimes, at the end of the Ming Dynasty in the 17th century, there was a boy…

TIMESINDONESIA, MALANG – Meatballs, a round dish made of ground meat is believed to be originated from China. Meatballs were made in the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644).

It turns out that meatballs have a melancholy history. According to Theepochtimes, at the end of the Ming Dynasty in the 17th century, there was a boy called Meng Bo who lived together with his mother in Fuzhou, China.

Meng Bo wanted to cook a meat dish, his mother’s favorite. But, because his mother was already old, her teeth are no longer strong to chew those meats.

Meng Bo thought, what should he do with those meats, so his mother could eat them easily. At that moment, he remembered soft foods similar to mochi which made with pounded sticky rice until it gets its soft texture.

Meng Bo used that idea for his mother. He pounded the meat and shaped the ground meat into small rounds, to make it easier to eat the meatballs, together with the warm broth.

It turns out that it has a delicious taste. Meng Bo and his recipe were immediately known all around the city. People came with curiosity for the recipe of the delicious meatballs and its warm broth.

This recipe quickly turned into a favorite of the people in China and its recipe became a family heirloom which developed generations after generations.

This recipe was arrived in Indonesia, brought by immigrants from China. The original recipe used pork gandar its main ingredient, but in Indonesia most people make these meatballs with beef.

This recipe develops very quickly in Indonesia. Many new variations created in Indonesia. Pregnant meatballs, cheese meatballs, bone meatballs, giant meatballs, devil’s meatballs, rib meatballs, and a lot more. (*)