And we can’t wait to try them out!
It has been years since news broke out about IKEA coming to the Philippines. While the majority of all titos and titas can’t wait to get their hands on affordable and chic furniture from the Swedish giant, us foodies are more excited about the good stuff they serve at the IKEA restaurant such as their Swedish meatballs.
But even if we IKEA fanatics in the Philippines still have to wait a little longer before their store opens, it doesn’t mean we can’t get a taste of the Swedish meatballs before their grand opening. How, you may ask? Easy. By following the recipe on how to make IKEA’s iconic meatballs from none other than IKEA themselves, right at home!
IKEA’s Swedish Meatballs
Ingredients (for 4 servings):
For the meatballs:
- 500g beef mince
- 250g pork mince
- 1 finely chopped onion
- 1 crushed or minced clove of garlic
- 100g breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 5 tablespoons of milk (whole milk)
- generous salt and pepper
For the cream sauce:
- a dash of oil
- 40g butter
- 40g plain flour
- 150 ml vegetable stock
- 150 ml beef stock
- 150 ml thick double cream
- 2 tsp. soy sauce
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
For the meatballs:
First, combine the beef and pork until they’re well mixed and they don’t have any lumps. Then, add the onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, and egg in the bowl and mix well. Finally, add the milk and season the mixture well with salt and pepper.
Once the mixture is finished, shape it into small, round balls. To help the balls retain shape while cooking, place them on a clean plate, cover them with plastic wrap, and store them in the fridge for 2 hours before cooking.
When the meatballs are firm enough, it’s time to cook. On a pan above medium heat, add oil and when it’s hot, you may now gently add meatballs. Cook them until they’re brown on all sides.
To ensure that it’s cooked well, once the meatballs are brown in color, transfer them to an ovenproof dish and cover. Then, place them in a hot oven (180°C conventional or 160°C fan) to cook for 30 minutes more.
For the iconic Swedish cream sauce:
In a pan, melt the butter in a pan. Once melted, add the flour and stir for 2 minutes. While you’re stirring, you may add the beef and vegetable stock. Finally, add the double cream, soy sauce, and Dijon mustard. Bring the mixture to a simmer and allow the sauce to thicken.
Place the meatballs on a plate, spoon a generous amount of sauce on top, and serve alongside potatoes prepared however you like.
Note: If you like a step-by-step recipe with illustrations, click here.
Want to know the hype behind IKEA?
First and foremost, it is pronounced as “ee-key-ah” in Sweden.
IKEA was founded in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad; it started as a mail-order business before it became the giant ready-to-assemble furniture store that it is now.
IKEA stands for Ingvar Kamprad (founder), Elmtaryd (where Kamprad grew up), and Agunnaryd (Kamprad’s hometown). Its iconic blue and yellow colors are taken from Sweden’s national colors.
An average IKEA store is about 30,000 sqm. The first IKEA store, is located in Älmhult, Sweden, and has been turned into the IKEA Museum just last June 2016. The biggest branch to date is also in Sweden (Stockholm) recorded at 680,000 sq ft.
As of March 2016, there are already 384 IKEA stores in 48 countries with several locations in Europe, Middle East, USA, Canada and the Caribbean with branches all over Asia including Australia, China, India, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, and Taiwan.
Interesting fact: IKEA's founder is dyslexic, which is why each piece of furniture is named after proper words, not numbers. Living room items are often named after places in Sweden, bathroom furnishings are named after rivers and lakes. The company's most popular product is the Billy bookshelf.
Now on to the more exciting stuff, the FOOD. Sweden is known for many things but their love for good food is something that Filipinos can relate to. That’s why most of IKEA’s stores have an in-house restaurant that sells a variety of freshly cooked meals and even desserts.
Check out some of their bestsellers:
A Swedish meatball is called Köttbullar and IKEA’s version of it is as famous as the actual store itself. It’s probably one of the top 3 reasons people actually go to IKEA stores for; they are cheap, easy to eat and delicious! It’s usually served with a side of steamed vegetables, the traditional lingonberry sauce and potatoes.
In some locations like Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the potatoes have been replaced with French fries, while some serve mashed potatoes. Canada, among others, started offering vegetarian meatballs in 2015.
The hotdogs are on everyone’s must eat list at IKEA for being super cheap. Let’s hope we can get them for P50 here!
The fried chicken wings are one of the staple bites at IKEA. Meanwhile in HK, they serve chicken legs.
IKEA Soft Serve
IKEA shoppers are quite addicted to their soft serve ice cream. A soft-serve vendo machine pulls out a cone and do the swirling when you insert tokens.
IKEA has their own line of beers! Choose from a variety of brews ranging from lager beer to dark ales.
According to a Facebook note from Philippine STAR, IKEA Philippines is set to open its first store in Mall of Asia, in between the SMX Convention Center and the Area, and another one beside SM Fairview! We are beyond excited for the limitless possibilities ahead of us.
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