Friday, February 3, 2012

Fun Frikandels

One of the things that all my kids love to eat is frikandel (or 'bergedil' in Malay)  Frikandel, which were initially made to accompany our Soto Nasi Himpit as part of the garnish has now evolved into a food on it's own, a side dish and some times (more often than not!) as my kids' snack!

So it is no wonder that my wife (with my help) prepared a large batch of frikandel to take to Seremban where our daughter is working part-time while waiting for her SPM examination results.  I find preparing this dish a bit tedious due to the many steps taken.  Thankfully, eating it is such a pleasure and quite addictive.  As with many popular dishes which have many variations, this is my version!

500g potatoes, peeled, cut into wedges and fried
250g ground beef, dry fried until cooked
1 cup combination of chopped parsley and spring onions
1/2 cup shallot crisps
A pinch of cumin powder
A pinch of coriander powder
Salt and pepper to season
1 egg, lightly beaten
Oil for shallow frying

Pound the fried potato wedges with a pestle and mortar until fine.  Transfer to a bowl then add in the cooked beef, parsley, spring onions, shallot crisps, cumin powder, coriander powder, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly (using your hand would be best!)  Shape the potato mixture into small disks (smaller than a beef patty) and refrigerate for a few minutes.  Heat oil in a pan.  Dip the frikandel in the beaten egg and fry for a minute on each side.  Dish out onto some paper towels and serve immediately.

My kids love to have this with some Thai Chili Sauce!  To be honest, they like almost anything with it! :-)

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