Recipes and How to Make Tasty and Fresh Tekwan, Interested in Trying?

PeekSeleb – Tekwan is a typical dish from Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia, which is famous for its rich fish sauce and the chewy texture of fish balls. This dish is usually served as a hot soup and is often a favorite at family events or food festivals.

Here is a tekwan recipe that you can try at home. Let’s take a peek at the recipe and how to make it below.

Tekwan recipe


Photo: Pinterest

Ingredients for fish balls:

  • 300 grams of mackerel, fillet, finely chopped
  • 100 grams of sago flour
  • 3 tablespoons of wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 scallions, finely sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • Salt to taste

Ingredients for the gravy:

  • 1 liter of fish stock (from boiling mackerel)
  • 2 scallions, finely sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon ebi (dried shrimp), soak in hot water and grind
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Supplementary material:

  • Bean sprouts to taste, brew with hot water and drain
  • Fried onions to taste
  • Celery leaves, finely sliced

Photo : Pinterest/Tekwan


  • Fish balls: Mix minced mackerel, sago flour, flour, eggs, green onions, garlic, ground pepper, and salt in a bowl. Stir well until all ingredients are evenly mixed.
  • Heat water in a saucepan until it boils. Take a small amount of the fish ball dough using a spoon and shape it into a small ball. Place the fish balls into the boiling water and allow them to float. Lift and drain.
  • Sauce: Heat cooking oil in a pan and sauté garlic until fragrant. Add the mashed ebi and stir-fry until fragrant.
  • Pour the fish stock into the wok with the stir-fried garlic and prawns. Cook over medium heat until boiling. Add salt and pepper to taste according to taste. Stir well.
  • Add the cooked fish balls into the gravy. Cook briefly until the fish balls are warm.
  • Prepare a serving bowl. Place the bean sprouts and fish balls at the bottom of the bowl. Pour hot sauce over it.
  • Sprinkle with fried onions and celery leaves. Tekwan is ready to be served.

This tekwan recipe produces a tekwan dish with delicious fish sauce and chewy fish balls. You can add vermicelli noodles or yellow noodles as a complement.

Serve warm tekwan as a delicious and warming main dish. Good luck! (bbi)

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