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Beef Soup with Chilies and Tamarind Recipe – Resep Daging Belacan

Beef Soup with Chilies and Tamarind Recipe - Resep Daging Belacan

Beef Soup with Chilies and Tamarind Recipe – Resep Daging Belacan

This soup from Timor in eastern Indonesia has a wonderful sweet-sour edge to it.

Ingredients :

  • 8 cups (2 liters) water
  • 2 lbs (1 kg) top round or stewing beef
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 4–5 shallots, peeled
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon dried shrimp paste (trasi), dry-roasted
  • 2 tablespoons shaved palm sugar or dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sweet Indonesian soy sauce (kecap manis)
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1–2 red finger-length chilies, deseeded and sliced into strips
  • 2 spring onions, cut into short lengths

Method :

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot. Add the beef, reduce the heat to low and simmer until the meat is half cooked, about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat. Remove the beef from the stock and drain. Strain and reserve the stock.
  2. When cool enough to handle, cut the beef into cubes. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium heat in a skillet and pan-fry the beef until cooked, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. Grind the shallots, garlic, dried shrimp paste and sugar to a smooth paste in a mortar or blender, adding a little water if necessary to keep the mixture turning. Set aside.
  4. Heat the remaining oil in a wok over medium heat and stir-fry the ground paste until fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the beef cubes and sweet Indonesian soy sauce, and stir-fry for 2 minutes, then pour in the reserved beef stock and tamarind juice, and season with the salt. Bring the soup to a boil, then simmer uncovered until the beef is tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Adjust the taste with more salt or tamarind juice as desired, stir in the sliced chilies and spring onions, and remove from the heat. Serve hot.

Serves 4 to 6
Preparation time : 20 mins
Cooking time : 45 mins

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Source :
The Food of Indonesia
Delicious Recipes from Bali, Java and the Spice Islands
by Heinz von Holzen & Lother Arsana
photos by Heinz von Holzen

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See also Indonesian Recipe “Beef Rendang Recipe – Spicy Beef in Coconut Recipe”