Philippines’ Bola-Bola Meatballs Score a Spot in TasteAtlas’ Best 50 Meatballs of 2023: A Culinary Triumph

Philippines' Bola-Bola TasteAtlas
Savor the rich tapestry of flavors in this irresistible plate of bola-bola, the Filipino meatball dish that has taken its rightful place among TasteAtlas’ Best 50 Meatballs of 2023. Photo from TasteAtlas report.

The humble yet flavor-packed bola-bola has claimed a spot in TasteAtlas’ Best 50 Meatballs in the World for 2023, an accolade that adds to the culinary allure of the Philippines on the global gastronomic stage.

Securing a notable 46th place and adorned with a 3.4-star rating in the best-of-list released September 25, these Filipino meatballs share the limelight with iconic global counterparts, led by Italy’s renowned Polpette. It’s not just a list; it’s a symphony of flavors that celebrate the global appreciation for this universally adored dish.

Crafted traditionally with a lavish blend of ground beef or pork, bola-bola is a melody of tastes and textures. Infused with aromatic garlic and onions, bound together by eggs, and delicately seasoned with soy sauce and an orchestra of spices, each meatball is a mouthful of home.

According to TasteAtlas, these spherical morsels of delight are versatile culinary chameleons, “These meatballs are used in tasty Filipino soups and are commonly served plain and enjoyed as a quick snack or a nutritious appetizer.” Whether basking in a luscious sweet-and-sour glaze, swimming in a rich tomato sauce, or enrobing in a fragrant curry, bola-bola brings comfort in every bite.

This recognition joins a sparkling roster of Filipino culinary gems celebrated by TasteAtlas this year. Sinigang na Baboy and Bulalo enchanted palates to land among the Top 50 Best Soups in the World, while the crisp Lumpiang Shanghai strutted its way into the Top 50 of the 100 Best Rated Street Foods globally.

Enthralled by the Philippines’ culinary achievements? Share this article and let’s toast to the irresistible flavors that make Filipino cuisine a global treasure. Taste the world, one bola-bola at a time!

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