Doin’ it my way…

We had some beef in the freezer – I think Melissa and her colleagues had some barbecue party at her school and there was some leftover meat so they just divided what they had and Melissa took her share home. Her mum used a bit to fry some bitter gourd but it was so very tough that everyone had a hard time trying to eat it. In the end, I decided to take what was left of it to make some beef meat balls.

It was quite simple to do that actually – I just cut up the meat into tiny bits and chopped it up to mince it and then I added one Bombay onion finely-chopped and some crackers, pounded. Lastly, I added some pepper, Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce and an egg and mixed everything together and once it had attained the desired consistency, I rolled the mixture into nice, round balls…


Next, I heated some oil in a frying pan and dropped in the balls…


…rolling them over once they had turned brown on one side.

Once they were done, I took them out of the pan and let them stand on some kitchen towel to drain away the excess oil…


Melissa prepared the IKEA meatball sauce…


…and some salsa…


…while I made some mashed potatoes with cheese added…


…and I put that in the oven to bake for a bit.

All those put together made a very nice meal…

BMB dinner

…for our simple dinner that night and I would say that we did enjoy that very much.

Happy Dongzhi or Winter Solstice Festival (冬至) to all celebrating. What’s for dinner tonight?

Author: suituapui

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16 thoughts on “Doin’ it my way…”

  1. Nice, the mashed looks good, did you roll in some cheese into the meat balls? so that it oozes out again *wink wink*

    Happy Winter Solstice to you and your family Arthur 😀

    Thanks. Same to you and yours.

    Nope, no cheese in the balls, just wanted to keep it simple. I could have coated them with bread crumbs or more of the crushed crackers but I did not bother – would be nice/nicer. Maybe I would do that if it had been for a special occasion, this was just for our simple everyday dinner, no need for extra fuss…

  2. Nice saucy meat balls. Simple and yet delicious. Happy Dongzhi to you & family.

    Thank you. Same to you and your family. What’s cooking?

  3. Huh? Lunch not even digested yet and you’re talking about dinner already?

    I’m skipping lunch, saving tummy space for dinner. Watch out for the blogpost!

  4. Happy Winter Solstice!

    Hmm, the beef balls looks kinda dark to me… :p

    Thanks. I thought so too – must be the beef plus the Lea & Perrins sauce. Should have coated with bread crumbs or the crushed crackers but never mind. No special occasion, just for our own dinner by ourselves at home and they all end up in the same place, anyway.

  5. I am sure this meal is cooked with passion and as long as you all enjoyed the meal, it is all that counts! I am going to my mom’s place for dinner tonight..lone ranger ma.. what to do… 🙂

    I did not celebrating either…but I got a few friends together for some home-cooked kampung-style food, just happened to be on that same day. Post on that after Christmas.

  6. Another yummy meal! When I was a kid, I used to enjoy rolling those glutinous rice balls for winter solstice. Haven’t eaten those in ages. My grandma was the one who makes those balls but she is old now and no one seems to take over.

    My missus and daughter made…and she kept saying that she did not know how to make as all her life, her mum made and she only ate. Thank goodness they turned out great! Post on that after Christmas…

  7. Happy Winter Solstice, nothing special for my dinner today, same as usual!!!

    Thanks. Me neither but it so happened that I did ask some friends over for dinner, not actually to celebrate the festival.

  8. Look like some good party foods. The salsa looks colorful indeed what did u put in it I see tomato n avocado maybe onion.

    Yes, that’s avocado all right and tomato too plus thinly sliced onions/shallots.

  9. Very nice! You made your own meatballs – looks just like the IKEA ones. 🙂

    I’ll be lazier than you and just made a Shepard’s Pie by layering the meat under the potatoes.

    That was exactly what I did with the leftovers the next day. I lined the meatballs in a casserole, poured in the gravy and covered all of that with the mashed potatoes and then I put it in the oven to bake. VERY nice!

  10. OOoo….lovely and delicious looking meatballs..but not in beef.
    I ll make my own pork meatball…hehehe

    I’d love pork too…just that there was leftover beef in the freezer.

  11. Made meatballs recently but opted not to fry them for fear of major cleaning up. Baked them in the oven instead.

    Did that once. I thought they did not look so good, baked, and they taste better too when fried…or maybe it’s just me.

  12. Ooo, I love beef meatballs! I also make them like you do, but didn’t add the lea & Perrins sauce. I can just eat them alone like that as snacks! 👍😀

    I’d leave it out next time – I think that was what made the balls look so black.

  13. Usually we will have pork meatball instead of beef and do exactly like how you did it and if we don’t use ikea meat ball sauce we will do it sweet and sour for the kids. 😛

    Love the salsa, looks yum!

    Last time Hock Chiu Leu Restaurant’s sweet and sour pork meat balls, simply the best. Have not eaten for years and years and years…dunno still nice or not – the last time I had them, they used blender to make the minced meat, not the same at all, very disappointed. 😦

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