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Bala-bala, a typical Sundanse snack

DAPOER AISAH: Bala–Bala Recipe

By: Aisah Wolfard

Bala-bala, a typical Sundanse snack

Bala-Bala, a typical Sundanse snack, By: Aisah Wolfard

These little fried balls are a great every-moment-of-the-day snack. Bala-Bala is another typical West Javanase dish. Bala in Sundanese, means ‘messy’ so bala-bala is literary translated as ‘really messy.’

This famous snack is made from vegetables in batter and can be found on every street corner in Bandung. So why is it called ‘really messy’? Maybe because the balls are made of a hodgepodge of veggies, from carrots to cabbage, spiced up with some cabe rawit (small hot chili).

Bala-Bala recipe (for 20 pieces)

Ingredients :

200 g wheat flour

50 g rice flour

200 ml water

100 g cabbage leaves, thinly sliced

100 g carrots, chopped

50 g bean sprouts, cleaned

3 spring onions, diced

cooking oil

For the batter:


2 eggs

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 whole onion, chopped

½ tsp pepper

1 stock cube

How to cook Bala-Bala:

  1. Stir flour in water until smooth. Add spices for the batter and stir well.
  2. Add vegetables and stir well.
  3. Fry one tablespoon of the mixture in the hot oil, flip when golden, remove and serve warm.

Really good with fresh chili sauce and a beer!

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