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Spicy Lemongrass Beef (Daging Asam Pedas) Recipe

Spicy Lemongrass Beef (Daging Asam Pedas) Recipe

Spicy Lemongrass Beef (Daging Asam Pedas) Recipe

Whenever I’m going to prepare a meal for my maternal uncle I rifle through my collection of Indonesian beef recipes. As a traditional Asian man, he feels that he hasn’t really eaten unless he’s had a meal with beef and rice. Spicy Lemongrass Beef has everything my uncle loves: tender chunks of meat bathed in cooked tomatoes, citrusy lemongrass, and piquant tamarind. Adding little red chili peppers provides a spiciness that makes the white rice accompaniment to this dish a very welcome addition. Despite the complex layers and full-bodied flavors in this Spicy Lemongrass Beef, preparation and cooking time are minimal for a dish that can easily dazzle meat loving family and friends.

Ingredients :

    • 6 cups (1.5 liters) water
    • 2 lb (1 kg) beef chuck or stewing beef, cut into bite-size chunks
    • 12-16 cloves garlic
    • 4 stalks lemongrass, tender inner part of bottom third only, finely minced
    • 1-2 teaspoons ground red chili pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
    • 6 tablespoons tamarind concentrate
    • 3 tablespoons oil
    • 2-3 medium tomatoes (1 lb/ 500 g), cut into small chunks
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 10 kaffir lime leaves or 1 teaspoon lime zest

Method :

    1. Bring the water to a vigorous boil in a medium sized pot over high heat. Add the beef and cook for 5 minutes. Drain the beef and set aside.
    2. Using a mortar and pestle or food processor, grind the garlic, lemongrass, chili pepper, cinnamon, clove, and tamarind until a smooth paste is formed.
    3. Heat the oil in a wok over high heat. Sauté the paste for 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant and lightly browned. Place the beef, tomato chunks, salt, sugar, and lime leaves into the wok. Stir until thoroughly mixed, bringing to a boil. Reduce to medium heat and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve hot with rice.