Friday, September 22, 2006

Late Friday Recipe Blogging - Indonesian beef

Fridays usually come up and smack me on the face. I've been cleaning, getting a head start on my syllabi for next semester, and erranding all day long and I completely forgot to post this week's recipe in time for dinner! But oh well - today's recipe is Indonesian (without the kimodo dragons - those things scare me to death), and it's one of my favorites of all time. The Dutchman and I usually have this and a bunch of other Indonesian dishes for all special occasions. Next week, I'll give the vegetarian green bean recipe we make with this. But today's will include cow:

Beef in Red Coconut Sauce

- 1 1/2 lbs. beef (usually sirloin tips, cut into cubes)
- 1/2 cup coconut milk (shake can well before measuring out or it will be watery)
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 piece (1/2 inch) fresh ginger
- 1 1/2 tbs. dark brown sugar
- 1 tbs. ground red chili sauce (this is called sambal in Indonesian or you can use a Thai chili sauce - it's available at most grocery stores in the Asian food section) - adjust the amount to taste.
- 2 tbs. fried shallots
- 1/2 tbs. fried garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon shrimp paste (this is available at most markets like Whole Foods or at an Asian store - maybe at your local large market - if you can't find it, it's no biggie - use sparingly and it lasts a while!)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt

1) Cut beef into cubes
2) Bring 2 cups of water to boil in a pot
3) Add beef; cook 5 minutes
4) Set aside beef; discard broth
5) Fry the shallots and garlic in a little butter in a pan until tender
6) Peel and slice ginger finely
7) Shred the bell pepper finely in a food processor (I have a tiny Cuisinart that's good for small jobs)
8) Mix all ingredients with a fresh 2 cups of water; bring to a boil
9) Cover pot and simmer 45 minutes or until meat is tender
10) Serve with rice

I salivate just thinking about this! There are a couple of special ingredients, but for the most part it's a very simple dish - check the Asian section of your market or Whole Foods and see what you can find - the Thai Red Chili sauce is available everywhere. The true sambal oelek is made by a brand called Conimex or sometimes you can get a Chinese version easier. It's all yummy!!!

Happy Weekend



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