Sunday, July 17, 2011

Minang Fried Beef

Our Indonesia helper taught me to cook this dish many years ago. It is a simple Minangkabau dish. Minangkabau people are from West Sumatra, Indonesia. Their dishes are popular in South East Asian and is famous for its rich taste of succulent coconut milk and spicy chili. This dish that she taught me is very simple and didn’t use any coconut milk in it. Even without the coconut milk the dish has a nice fragrant of coconut because of the coconut paste/kerisik in it and it is not spicy at all. It goes really well with rice or bread.

From My Kitchen Snippets

1 pound beef – I used flank steak
2 tbsp chili paste or sambal Oelek
4 shallots
2” fresh ginger
6 cloves garlic
2 green chilies – cut small
1 medium size onion – slice round
3 tbsp tomato ketchup
2 tbsp coconut paste/ kerisik (recipe below)
2 tsp sugar
Salt to taste

For the Coconut paste/Kerisik

1 cup fresh grated coconut

1. In a non-stick pan, dry fry the grated coconut until golden brown. Remove, pound or blend it into paste while it is still hot and set it aside to be use later.
2. Sliced garlic, shallots and ginger thinly and set it aside. Slice beef thinly and set it aside.
3. Heat up 2 -3 tbsp of oil in a frying pan, sauté the garlic, ginger and shallots until lightly brown and fragrant. Add in the chili paste and continue to stir-fry for 1 minute. Add in the beef and continue to toss and turn the beef until it change to color.
4. Add in some water, enough to cover the beef. Bring it up to a boil, cover and turn the heat down to low. Let the beef simmer until it is soft. Stir occasionally and add more water if necessary.
5. Add in the ketchup, coconut paste, green chili, onions and all the seasonings. Cook for another 2 minutes and let the sauce thickens.
6. Dish out and serve with warm rice.

Note: You can add more chili paste if you like a spicier dish.


Shereen said...

Oh, Gert. I am so going to cook this dish...I see only I know this is going to be sedap...tak payah mo scrutinize the ingredients.I dah terasa-rasa kat my tekak already the taste ...hihihi...cialat!

Angie's Recipes said...

Wonderful to go with some rice..or even some steamed buns.

ann low said...

I definitely like to add extra chilli, so good to go with extra rice.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

must have more rice to go with this dish, sound so yummy.

Elin said...

Gertrude..this sounds delicious. Must give it a try one day.

My Asian Kitchen said...

this dish really look like rendang!!sedapnya! must try this dish once I go back home!

My Little Space said...

Eventhough I am not a beef person, I still think this looks really inviting.
Thanks for sharing.

Grace Flaminiano said...

I tried this one but cut down a little bit on the spice. Still tastes great. Thank You!

Yasmin said...

hye gert,

wanted to ask you..where can you get sambal olek in malaysia??ive tried looking for it but to no avail..

best regards,

ICook4Fun said...

Shereen, this dish is very easy. Not too many ingredients to prepare.

Angie, yes super good :)

Ann, yes you can add as much chilli as you like.

Sonia, yes :)

Elin, hope you try this out one day. They are really good.

Lesley, hope to chat with you soon.

Kristy, too bad you don't take beef if not you can try this dish out.

Grace, you are welcome.

Yasmin, I used sambal Oelek because I can't get chili paste here. You can use our regular Malaysian chili paste. Sambal Oelek here is just ground chilli with water and a bit of vinegar.

Yasmin said...

thanks alot !=)cant wait to try it out

Anonymous said...

Hi, I noticed u mentioned garlic twice in ingredient section and then u mention shallots in the intruction section which is not mentioned in ingredient. Can u clarify pls. Tks! LOVE your blog. -mar-

ICook4Fun said...

Yasmin, hope you like it.

Anon, sorry for the typo mistake. It should said 4 shallots instead of 4 cloves of garlic. I will make the ammendment.

ANa said...

Thanks for this recipe. My family and I loved it! It's not easy for me to get fresh coconut, so I used dessicated coconut instead. I guess, it's a good substitute.