Semur Daging (Beef cooked in sweet soy sauce)

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Semur is derived from the Dutch word ‘smoor‘, which means smothered, it’s a type of meat stew that is braised in thick brown gravy commonly found in Indonesian cuisine. The main ingredient used in semur gravy is kecap manis (sweet soy sauce), shallots, onions, garlic, ginger, candlenut, nutmeg and cloves, in some area sometimes pepper,coriander, cumin and cinnamon might be added. Soy sauce is the most important ingredient in the Semur-making process because it serves to strengthen the flavor, but it should still feel blended harmoniously with other ingredients. In addition to the main ingredient, semur might also consists of wide range of variation in the presentation, such as the addition of meat (mainly beef), beef tongue, potato, tofu, tomato, tempeh, eggs, chicken, fish and often sprinkled with bawang goreng (fried shallot) or other variations according to the tastes of the communities in each regions. (Wikipedia)

 

People usually eat it with steam rice. But in Jakarta/batavia, people eat it with steam coconut rice called nasi uduk. One of my favourite since i was young. Again, can;t believe that i could cook it by myself. A bit of great achievement for me, lol. Even live far away from my origin but still cook Indonesian food almost every day. Lucky us, easily find the ingredients here. Let’s find out and try the recipe.

 

Semur Daging

Ingredients:

  • 300 gr beef
  • 2 cloves shallot, thinly slices
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly slices
  • 1 cm ginger
  • 1/2 tsp belacan
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp palm/coconut sugar
  • 4 tbs sweet soy sauce
  • 1 tomato
  • 800 ml water
  • 2 tbs oil

 

Methods:

  1. Preheat oil. Stir fry shallot, garlic and belacan until the fragrant come out.
  2. Add beef. Cook until the colour change.
  3. Add salt, pepper, palm sugar and sweet soy sauce., garam, merica bubuk, gula merah, dan kecap manis. Aduk rata.
  4. Add tomato. Cook again for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add water. Cook until the sauce becoming thick.

Kue Lumpur

Kue Lumpur

Ingredients:

  • 75 gr butter, melted
  • 150 gr plain flour
  • 100 gr sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 300 ml coconut milk
  • 300 ml water
  • 150 gr steam potato, mashed
  • pandan paste

Topping:
100 gr meises, 100 gr shredded cheddar cheese

 

 

 

Methods:

1.Mix sugar and egg using electric mixer. Add salt and vanili extract. 
2.Using low speed, pour coconut milk, then mashed potato and flour gradually. 

3.Add water and then melted butter, mixed well.
4.Preheat kue lumpur pan, basting with margarine, pour batter until 3/4 pan. close lid. Let it cook. Half way put the topping and cook again until the top dry. Ready to serve.

 

Babat Gongso (Jawa Tengah)

Babat Gongso

 

Another guest post from me on Sarang Japati . The author of Sarang Japati  is Elsye, she’s my fellow foodie blogger and  one of indonesian foodblogger admin as well. It was an honour from me to be her guest writer as before i was learnt cooking from her blog. This time i cooked babat gongso for her guest post. Let’s just check babat gongso recipe on Sarang Japati. Enjoy!!!

 

 

Telur Pindang (Indonesian Marbled Hard Boiled Eggs)

telur pindang

 

Telur pindang usually eat with gudeg or warm rice only. You could also make it as your breakfast menu. How to make telur pindang? it’s so easy, if you don’t have shallot or onion skin, you could just use tea bag as the subtitute. Here is the recipe, let’s just try it out.

TELUR PINDANG

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 600 ml water
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 cm galangal
  • 1 lemongrass
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 8-10 shallot /onion skin

Methods:

  1. Steam eggs. Set aside and let it cool.
  2. Cracked the skin using back of knife. Be careful when you cracked the eggs, don’t hit to hard to make beautiful pattern on it.
  3. Boil water in a pan, put all the ingredients and cook for about 30 minutes with medium heat. Or until the eggs becoming darker.

 

 

 

 

Sambal Bajak

Ingredients:

 

150 grams Thai red chilies

75 grams cherry tomatoes

100 grams shallot

50 grams cloves garlic

5 candlenuts

1 tablespoon terasi (dried shrimp paste)

1 tablespoon coconut sugar (gula merah, gula Jawa)

seasalt as desired

oil

 

Method:

1. In a high heat, roast chilies, cherry tomatoes, shallot, garlic, candlenut and dried shrimp paste until the aroma comes out to the air.

2. Grind the roasted ingredients until a little bit smooth. You can use food processor or mortar to grind them. I always used a food processor to make it easier and especially if I make it in large amount like the one in this recipe.

3. In a pan, heat up the oil and stir fry the spice paste in the vegetable/canola/sunflower oil for a few minutes, then add the seasalt and coconut sugar. Keep stirring until the liquid evaporates and the colour turns darker (dark red).

4. Ready to serve. Or you can keep it in a jar and put in the fridge.

Tahu Bacem

Tofu (?? t?fu or bean curd?)[3] is a food made by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the resulting curds into soft white blocks. It is part of East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisine such as ChineseJapaneseKoreanIndonesianVietnamese,[4] and others.[5] There are many different varieties of tofu, including fresh tofu and tofu that has been processed in some way. Tofu has a subtle flavor and can be used in savory and sweet dishes. It is often seasoned or marinated to suit the dish.

Tofu is thought to have originated in ancient China,[6] but its precise origins are debated. Chinese legend ascribes its invention to prince Liu An (Chinese: ?? Liú ?n, 179–122 BC). Tofu and its production technique were introduced into Korea and then Japan[7][8][9] during the Nara period. It also spread into other parts of East Asia as well.[10] This spread likely coincided with the spread of Buddhism because it is an important source of protein in the vegetarian diet of East Asian Buddhism.[7] Li Shizhen in the Ming Dynasty described a method of making tofu in Bencao Gangmu.[11]

Tofu has a low calorie count, relatively large amounts of protein, and little fat. It is high in iron and, depending on the coagulant used in manufacturing, may also be high in calciumand/or magnesium.

*taken from Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tofu*

Tofu or It’s called tahu in my country is one of traditional food from Java. Tahu bacem is a kind of food that has sweet and tasty flavor. You can eat it as side dish or just as finger food. Bacem means marinated with the ingredients and boiled it with small water in low/medium heat until the water is set.

Ingredients:

4 pieces tofu

700 ml young coconut water

100 gr palm or coconut sugar

4 cloves of shallot

3 cloves of garlic

3 candlenuts

3 tbs coriander seed

3 cm galangal

2 tbs tamarind, mixed with water and use the juice

4 bay leaves

oil for frying or you can grilled it.

 

Method:

1. Ground shallot, garlic, coriander, candlenut and gallangal until smooth (i put all of them in the food processor).

2. Heat a small amount of oil in a fry pan. Put the grounded ingredients into it until the flavor comes out and then put the tofu and young coconut oil.

3. Bring to boiled. Then reduce the heat. Cooked until the water is run out. Set aside.

4. Fried it or grilled on the BBQ.

5. Ready to eat