Taste of Home: Bola-Bola​

Since we haven’t had meatballs for a while, I decided to make it for lunch. It is called Bola-bola, a Filipino version of meatballs. The name Bola-bola came from the Filipino word for ball which is “bola”.

Everyone in the family loves Bola-bola because it is easy-to-chew and yummy!  In fact, it is one of my family’s favorite – whether it is with beef, chicken or pork, we wouldn’t say no to it!

Bola-bola, one of my signature dishes. 🙂

Bola-bola is one of the first dishes that I learned to cook from my mum. I love the astonishing flavor of this dish. Even though it is time consuming to prepare it, I think it’s all worth it. I find it a versatile dish because you could add your ingredients according to your preference and whim. It can be a main dish and it can also be an appetizer. If you wish it to be a main dish you can put more meat than veggies. But if you want it as appetizer, mix it with many varieties of veggies so it won’t feel too heavy on your stomach.

With my bola-bola recipe, I use all-purpose flour as binder. Also, I either deep fry or bake them, the result is the same, delicious. And I serve it with steamed rice and tomato ketchup.

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 500 grams of minced beef
  • 3 pieces eggs
  • 1 medium size onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bulb of garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 pieces tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 small size carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 small size potato, finely chopped
  • 1 table spoon of Oyster sauce
  • Kikkoman soy sauce
  • pepper
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cooking oil


  1.  Prepare all the vegetables. Cut all the vegetables finely about 2 mm in size.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients. Blend them with your hands.
  3. Form the mixture into balls about 1” in diameter.
  4. Put the cooking oil into the frying pan and heat it up.
  5. Gently drop the bola-bola into the pan. Deep fry the bola-bola until it turns golden brown.
  6. Drain in a plate with paper towel.
  7. Serve with steamed rice and tomato ketchup.
  8. Enjoy eating!

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