This Indonesian beef stew is a tasty comfort food, perfect for a little taste of Java, and features an unique nut named buak keluak
Let's start cooking!
Step 1 - Char spices
- Using a blowtorch, char grill galangal, ginger, red chilies and spring onion. Set aside. If you don’t have a blowtorch, you can use the flames from a gas stove
Step 2 - Blend spice paste
- In a blender, add 50 ml vegetable oil, coriander seeds, lemongrass, keluak, kaffir lime leaves, candlenuts, garlic, 6 shallots, 1 tsp white pepper, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp palm sugar,1 tsp belacan and tamarind paste and blend until smooth. If you can’t find buah keluak, simply remove it from the recipe!
Step 3 - Fry the paste
- In a pan on medium heat, fry the paste for 5 minutes or until fragrant. Buah keluak is poisonous! To remove the poison, it’s usually left to ripen until the flesh falls away, after which the seeds are taken out. Eating improperly prepared or unripe seeds can cause vomiting, abdominal swelling, contraction of the tongue or even death
Step 4 - Boil with beef stock
- In the same pan, add 2 L stock, the charred galangal, ginger and red chilis then bring to a boil. Once boiling, bring to low heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Pour the soup over the beef slices to cook the beef
Plate and serve!
Serve with crackers, sambal, salted egg, bean sprouts, lime halves, shredded ginger, chili padi and garnish with fried shallots, charred spring onions and rice.