Friday, 20 May 2016

Not Your Usual Sweet and Sour Beef…

This is a family favourite recipe which is easy to prepare. Better known in the Indonesian language as Daging Asam Manis or Daging Masak Bali (Balinese-Style Beef), it is far removed from the traditional Chinese versions of sweet and sour dishes. The name derives from the use of Tamarind (Asam or Sour) and Palm Sugar (Manis or Sweet), the two ingredients imparting tangy and sweet flavours respectively to the heat of the chillies.

In this version of the recipe, the onions are sliced. However, for a thicker sauce, blend the onions together with the other herbs and spices. And, if you want it tangier, use more tamarind paste.

What you will need…
  • 500 grams of beef, cut into thin strips
  • 1 medium onion, sliced lengthwise
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger, pounded
  • 2 or more chillies (to taste), chopped
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons of tamarind paste (Asam)
  • 1 tablespoon of dark soya sauce
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons of palm sugar (Manis)
  • A little Water
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for stir-frying


What you need to do…
  • Heat the wok or pan with the oil.
  • Stir-fry the onions, garlic, ginger and chillies until the onions are a little glassy.
  • Add the beef strips. Stir-fry these until they change colour.
  • Add your tamarind paste, dark soya sauce and water, simmering until the beef is tender.
  • Stir in the palm sugar.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • When the sauce has thickened, the dish is ready for serving.

To accompany this tasty dish, serve white rice and your choice of vegetables.

Not authentic... However, you can add some long beans for crunch and extra vegetables...

 Wishing you hours of enjoyment and contentment in your garden…

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