Like many Indonesian beef dishes, this calls for a lean, relatively less tender cut of meat. It is braised for quite a while until tender, and the cooking liquid has just about evaporated. In fact, the name of this recipe, Dendeng Sapi Manis translates into English as “Sweet Beef Jerky.” However, this dish is nothing like dried-out American beef jerky; on the contrary, it’s tender and delicious. I hope you’ll try this dish!
1 lb top round beef, thinly sliced into 2-inch pieces
1 tsp ground coriander
1/8 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp Laos powder
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp canola oil
1 medium onion, peeled and diced
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely grated or minced
1/2 tsp terasi
1 tsp tamarind water
1 1/2 cups water
2 red Thai chilies, sliced on the diagonal
Combine meat with coriander, cumin, Laos powder, nutmeg, brown sugar and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
Heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add meat mixture and brown on all sides for 4 minutes.
Add onion and garlic, and cook for another 1 minute. Add the terasi, tamarind water and water. Stirring constantly, bring to a boil. Cover. Reduce heat to low and simmer gently for 1 1/2 hours. Remove lid and increase heat to high. Cook until most of the sauce has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Garnish with the red Thai chilies, and serve with steamed jasmine rice.
Wow, I’m sold. Very delectable. First, I love beef. And then, when I read the spices used… I can almost smell the aroma. I have to study/search some of the ingredients which are new to me. Yum!
Fae, especially coming from you…so flattered! I think you are in SFO, so you will have no problems finding these ingredients.
Dendeng Basah (wet jerky)!
It is sometimes made for special guests of the traditional Indonesian wedding party (which last the whole day). If the guests cannot finish it, they’ll process it into dry jerky by sun-drying it or smoking it and then deep fry it in coconut oil. They taste great (both wet and dry) 😀
Hari, thank you! – nice to hear from you. Based on your comments, it sounds like this dish is probably prepared for a selamatan – wonderful!