Jun 17, 2012

Semur Daging Djawa

Semur Daging Djawa

Semur is derived from the Dutch word ‘smoor‘, which means smothered. Daging lembu is beef and Djawa means Java. Javanese beef stew.

It was one of my favorite meals as a kid. I loved coming home from school and getting hit with the smell of this slow-braised beef with sweet soy sauce, onion and warm spices simmering. This is the only sweet dish I really like. Once you have a bite of this, you’ll never be the same.

Oh, for the record, I handed my camera over to my love for this posting. Yes, I really did.

Well, handed it over… he had to pry it from my hands seeing as I was curled around it in fetal position protecting it with my body. But now, after seeing the result of his hard labor, I must say; I taught him well.

Thanks, babe. A million.

 
Ingredients:

2 pounds boneless beef chuck
4 garlic cloves
thumb size piece ginger
2 onions
1 chili pepper
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground coriander seed
1 tsp laos (if you can get it)
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 heaping tbsp tamarind paste (or a tbsp vinegar)
1 tsp brown sugar
1/3 cup kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3/4 cup water
3 tbsp oil

Optional: 1/4 to 1/2 tsp five spice powder

 

Directions:

I used my slow cooker for this, but you can also simmer this on your stove-top.
 

The beef. Lots of it.
Semur Daging Djawa

Cut it in bit-sized pieces. Glad I took at least 1 shot myself. It’s an honor thing.
Semur Daging Djawa

Grab a big bowl and mix the brown sugar with the sweet soy sauce.
Semur Daging Djawa

Add 1 heaping tbsp tamarind paste. No paste? No problem. Just add a tbsp vinegar instead.
tamarind

Add 1 tsp salt, grate the ginger in there and stir well.
Semur Daging Djawa

Add your beef cubes. Oh, wait, I shot this one as well!
Semur Daging Djawa

Let it sit there and marinate for 15 to 30 minutes.
Semur Daging Djawa

Remove the seeds and finely mince the chili pepper. You can also use 1/2 of it, if you like, but this won’t make it really hot.
Semur Daging Djawa

Mince the onions.
Semur Daging Djawa

And grate the garlic.
Semur Daging Djawa

Mix the spices. I love what a heaping 1/4 tsp of chinese five-spice did to the stew. Very fragrant.
Semur Daging Djawa

 
It’s not part of the original recipe, so I won’t scold you for leaving it out. Not this time.
 

Heat the oil and sauté the onion and chili pepper for 5 minutes.
Semur Daging Djawa

Add the spice mix, nutmeg and garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
Semur Daging Djawa

Next, add the beef cubes. Marinade and all.
Semur Daging Djawa

Cook it for 4 to 5 minutes until the beef loses its rawness. Because of all the liquid the beef won’t brown, of course. That’s okay.
Semur Daging Djawa

Stir in the tomato paste and cook for a minute to sweeten it up.
Semur Daging Djawa

There’s. That’s what I was aiming for. Or better said; what he was aiming for.
Semur Daging Djawa

Pour in the water.
Semur Daging Djawa

 
When you cook this on your stove top, add roughly 1/3 cup water extra.
 

Season with 1/2 tsp salt and sprinkle the black pepper in there.
Semur Daging Djawa

Cover and cook on low for at least 8 to 9 hours. Then check the seasoning and adjust where needed.
Semur Daging Djawa

 
Simmer for at least 3 hours when cooking this on your stove-top!
 

I did help plating. A little. Serve with lots of steamed rice and steamed Chinese cabbage or paksoi.
Semur Daging Djawa

I love you, man. No, really. I also love this beef stew. Not bad for someone who can’t cook!
Semur Daging Djawa

Just how good does this look?
Semur Daging Djawa

 

Semur Daging Djawa
Ingredients
    2 pounds boneless beef chuck
    4 garlic cloves
    thumb size piece ginger
    2 onions
    1 chili pepper
    1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
    1 tsp ground coriander seed
    1 tsp laos (if you can get it)
    2 tbsp tomato paste
    1 heaping tbsp tamarind (or a tbsp vinegar)
    1 tsp brown sugar
    1/3 cup kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)
    1 1/2 salt
    1/4 tsp pepper
    3/4 cup water
    3 tbsp oil

    Optional: 1/4 to 1/2 tsp five spice powder

Directions
    I used my slow cooker for this, but you can also simmer this on your stove-top

    Cut the beef in bit-sized pieces. Grab a big bowl and mix the tamarind paste (or vinegar) and brown sugar with the sweet soy sauce. Add 1 tsp salt, grate the ginger in there and stir well. Marinate the beef in this for 15 to 30 minutes.

    Remove the seeds and finely mince the chili pepper. Mince the onions and grate the garlic. Mix the laos with the ground coriander seed, nutmeg and optionally the fice spice blend.

    Heat the oil and sauté the onion and chili pepper for 5 minutes. Add the spice mix, nutmeg and garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Next, add the beef cubes. Marinade and all. Cook it for 4 to 5 minutes until the beef loses its rawness. Because of all the liquid the beef won’t brown, of course.

    Stir in the tomato paste and cook for a minute to sweeten it up. Pour in the water, season with 1/2 tsp salt and sprinkle the black pepper in there. Cover and cook on low for at least 8 to 9 hours. Then check the seasoning and adjust where needed.

    When you cook this on your stove top, add roughly 1/3 cup water extra! Serve with lots of steamed rice and steamed Chinese cabbage or paksoi.

Meal type: Indonesian food, stews, beef, main course
Servings: 4 to 6
Copyright: © kayotickitchen.com

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    46 Comments »

    1. 1

      Hi Kay…I love your blog and have tried a few of your recipes; this is definitely our most  favourite (I have a pot of it simmering right now!)…This time I decided to add some veggies (soepgroenten) to encourage my partner to eat more of them (veggies and him seem to be natural enemies, lol)…I know he will still love it ;)

      Lucía on Apr 7, 2013 @ 3:45 pm Reply
    2. 2

      I made this for an Indonesian-themed dinner last night and it was a huge hit. Absolutely delicious! I will definitely be making this again. Very clear easy to follow recipe that leads to fantastic results. 

      Fiona on May 12, 2013 @ 2:30 pm Reply
    3. 3

      Have made this several times, it is a family favourite. I am trying out putting the tomato paste in before the beef so that it gets a bit more heat – I cook for three growing sons so we use about 1,5kg/3.5lb beef and the temperature of the pot tanks when you dump that back in.

      Tim on Jun 18, 2013 @ 12:40 pm Reply
    4. 4

      Hi, 
       great recipe, i am cooking it regularly ;) but i miss potato and tomato in there ….

      Pavel on Jun 29, 2013 @ 2:56 pm Reply
    5. 5

      Hoi Kay,
      Ik zou graag het ingrediëntenlijstje in het Nederlands (qua ingrediënten en maten/hoeveelheden) van je ontvangen.
      Is dat mogelijk?
       
      Alvast bedankt!

      Gigi on Aug 17, 2013 @ 11:45 pm Reply
      1. Hoi, ik gebruik uitsluitend cups en maatlepels. Maar er zijn veel conversion sites waarmee je zelf aan de slag kunt gaan om het om te rekenen!

        Kay on Aug 18, 2013 @ 9:18 am Reply
    6. 6

      sounds Delish and would love to make! would you happen to know the CARB count on this recipe?
      Thanks :)

      Lisa on Dec 2, 2013 @ 7:44 pm Reply
    7. 7

      Enjoying this recipe right now. I did not have the five-spice, or laos. But I added a pinch of Kentjur. It tastes great. I braised some baby bok choy in a bit of water, with garlic, and a squeeze of lemon, flavoured it with course salt and pepper. Best Indonesian meal I’ve had ever since I moved to Canada.

      Marianne on Apr 6, 2015 @ 4:53 am Reply

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