Tekwan - Indonesian Spicy Fish Ball Soup

 


And NYC is once again the freezing zone.
After enjoying the normal winter days in the beginning of the year, the temperature drops to subzero again on the second week of February. This time, it touches minus 17 feels like minus 24. A big no no but c'est la vie. We just have to embrace the cold :(.


feels like 


In a weather like this, nothing beats a bowl of yummy soup made with love :). 
And Indonesia has a huge variety of delicious-till-the-last-drop soups.
After sup kimlo, this time allow me to  present sup tekwan, a delish tradisional soup from South Sumatera, Indonesia.

Udara dingin seperti ini memang membuat kita cepat lapar ya. Asli, sejak NYC berubah menjadi winter winderland dengan angin super dinginnya, saya jadi makin hobi menghabiskan waktu di dapur. Memasak memang menjadi hobi saya yang ke sekian setelah diving, belanja, membaca, dan mengumpulkan prangko dan kartu pos :). 

Dan di cuaca seperti ini, rasanya semangkok sup favorit betul-betul menjadi andalan. Bahagianya semacam belanja Kate Spade di FO dengan diskon 70% plus bonus  anak soleha 30 persen hehehe. 

Apalagi belum lama ini teman blogger yang doyan kelayapan, Mommy Eka Situmorang dari ceritaeka.com yang baru main ke Palembang dan menebar makanan enak, termasuk tekwan di akun Instagramnya. Jadilah Mama Bo et Obi semangat masak tekwan deh. 
So, sudah siap dengan panci, spatula, dan perlengkapan masak lainnya? 
Mari kita masak.

Ingredients needed:

For tekwan or fish ball:
250gr Fish paste or you can grind fresh white fillet fish
100gr Fresh shrimps - ground 
100gr Tapioca starch
50gr Flour
Minced garlic
Salt and pepper
Fish sauce

For the soup:
Fish and shrimp broth - we can easily make it from fresh fresh and shrimp
Minced garlic
Onion, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper
Nutmeg powder - if desired.

For garnish and condiments:
Vermicelli - soaked in hot water till soft enough
Dried mushroom - soaked in water and sliced thinly or as desired
Bengkoang or water crest, can be easily found in Asian/oriental store, sliced horizontally.
Dried lily flower, can be easily found in Asian/oriental store, soaked in water and knotted it in the middle if desired.
Scallion - thinly sliced
Garlic - crushed
Fried onion


Bahan yang dibutuhkan tidak sulit kan? Kalau di tanah air, pasti mudah mendapatkan ikan dan udang segar, bahkan yang sudah digiling. Demikian juga dengan sagu, tepung, segala bumbu dan pelangkap seperti soun, jamur kering, bengkoang, bunga sedap malam dan lainnya. Alhamdulillah, NYC pun komplit lho. 

some of the ingredients

And now, here's how to cook it:

There will be some stages to prepare this soup. First, we prepare the tekwan or the fish ball. Mix the shrimp and fish paste with fish sauce, garlic, salt and pepper, then add tapioca flour and flour little by little. Once everything is well mixed, prepare a pot ow water and boil it. After the water is boiled, we need to shape the tekwan dough. Some like to make it like a small ball, some just simply use the spoon to create a rather 'irregular' ball :), like I usually do. Using a spoon, take a pinch of the tekwan dough (approximately 1/3 of the spoon), then using another spoon, push this dough and put it in the boiling water. Do this until all the dough is used. Once the tekwan or fish ball dough is cook, it will float, so you can easily recognized the cooked one. Once they are ready, put it aside.

While you are preparing tekwan and waiting for it to cook, we can start with the soup. Boil a pot of water with choped shrimp and fish paste, added with minced garlic, onion, pepper and nutmeg powder to make the shrimp and fish broth. Leave it boil for a while to bring out the original taste of the shrimp and fish. Put the sliced bengkoang or water crest in the soup and cook it for a while until it becomes slightly soft. I love to have the hot and spicy soup so I always love to add some extra pepper on it :).

If all the garnish is ready, get a bowl and put 4-5 tekwan, sliced mushroom, as well as dried lily flowers and add the soup with some water crest. Finally, put the scallion and fried onion on top of it and voila, your tekwan or Indonesian spicy fish ball soup is ready.

I hope you all can enjoy this yummy soup, especially in a the middle of a cold day.

Happy cooking...

enjoy your tekwan

30 comments:

  1. Wah enak sekali makan tekwan anget-anget pas cuaca dingin ya Mama Bo. Aku belum pernah bikin tekwan sendiri :)

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    1. coba mba Lianny :)...gampang lhoo buatnya :)

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  2. I bet this is one that my hubby would like! He loves seafood, so this is right up his alley! We are back to the freezing temps here also. I was hoping to go shoot photos of the ice on the lighthouses, but staying warm was more of a priority this weekend hehehe!

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    1. I hope things will get better soon, especially the weather, Theresa :)

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  3. I love that you have it featured on purple. This would go over well with my husband and I. Our kids are odd about spicy things. I love it!

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    1. I hope you can enjoy it as much as I do, Christine

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  5. Mbak Indah, aku belum pernah makan Tekwan. Pernah nanya ke teman waktu pesan pempek. Katanya lebih enak dari pempek palembang, itu tekwan. Beuuuh. Apalagi musim hujan begini, Tekwan panas, maknyus ya Mbak...

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  6. Aku suka tekwan, juga mpek mpek.dulu kukira Palembang cuma mprk mpek Dan kerupuk. Ternyata tekwannya juga enak banget. Terima kasih resepnya Infah. Nanti aku coba.

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  7. Aku suka tekwan, juga mpek mpek.dulu kukira Palembang cuma mprk mpek Dan kerupuk. Ternyata tekwannya juga enak banget. Terima kasih resepnya Infah. Nanti aku coba.

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  8. Mama boo, nanti kalo dah balik Indonesia, kita kumpul trus masak2 gitubseruu pasti yaaaaaaaaa

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  9. Ini masakan andalanku kalo lagi ketempatan arisan. Bikinnya gampang tapi khas palembang aja.

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  10. sibuk tapi masih sempat masak..hebat ih...apalagi indonesian food...bikin kangen tanah air pastiiii

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  11. stay healthy in cold weather mb in & family 😘
    I really amaze that you still cooking for family in your hectic schedule.. I'm shy :(

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  12. Sudah sibuk, eh masih sempet masak... Hebat mommy

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  13. Papaku asli Plaju, jd di rumah akrab banget sama tekwan, pempek, dkk nya.. Paling suka tekwan bikinan papa, karena darah sana asli kali yaaa, jd olahan tangannya beda..

    DAN TANTE IND BIKIN TEKWAN SENDIRI?? SEMPEEET? :O

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  14. tekwan kesukaanku, kalau di sana susah dapetin tenggirinya ya mbak?

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  15. temeku pernah bikin dari teri mbak, rasanya juga lumayan kok

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  16. I have never had fish soup before but this looks amazing, I think I am too scared to mess it up. Your recipe looks lovely pinned for later!! Thank you for being such a fantastic co-host xx

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  17. whuaaaa....lagii hujaan, dingiin begini di Bandung..
    Jadi lapeer n.mauuu maaak!!

    kirim atulaaah, kabitaaa!!

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  18. Kalau lagi ga enak bodi aku suka beli tekwan buat menghangat kan badan :D tapi belum pernah bikin sendiri hehehe

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  19. Ini menu favorit, mbak Indah!
    jadi setiap Jumat, anak-anak boleh request mau tekwan apa pasta atau spageti.
    Nah, dalam sebulan pasti bisa 2 - 3 kali makan tekwan!

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  20. hemmm...
    hampir gk inget kapan terakhir makan tekwan...
    kapan bisa merasakan tekwan lagi.. :/

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  21. Aku suka. Akan aku coba. Terima kasih utk resepnya

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  22. Tekwan memamng paling enak dimakan waktu udara lagi dingin-dinginnya :D

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