Jakarta Beef Ribs Soup
- 1½ kg spare beef ribs
- 3 pc salam leaves or bay leaves
- 3 pc kaffir-lime leaves
- 1 stem lemon grass, outer leaves discarded, bruished
- 2 cm fresh galangale, bruised
- 5 cm cinnamon stick
- 2 l water
- 750 ml thick coconut milk
- 1 tsp tamarind pulp, soak with 3 tbsp hot water
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil to sautee the paste
Spice for the paste
- 5 pc large red chillies, de-seeded, chopped
- 8 pc shallots, chopped
- 4 gloves garlic, chopped
- 2 cm ginger
- 3 cm fresh turmeric or 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 5 pc candlenuts, roughly chopped or crashed
- 1 tbsp coriander seed or 1 tsp ground coriander
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp brown/palm sugar
- 2 tsp salt or to taste
- 2 pc tomatoes, halved or quartered
- spring onion, thinly slice
- 1 pc lime, cut into wedges
- Indonesian sweet soya sauce / kecap manis
- sambal oelek (if you like it spicy)
Jakarta Beef Ribs Soup
- Tips: Remove/discard the excessive fat from the ribs if any and do not use the broth afterward because it's oily and smelly which may spoil the appearance and taste of the soup. Used instead ready beef's stock or mix 1 liter/2 pints warm water with 4 tsp beef broth powder.
- If you use normal saucepan: Bring 2 liter water in a deep saucepan to boil, add the beef ribs, cover the pan and cook over medium heat until tender & almost cooked. (approx.45 minutes)
- If you use press-cooked cooker: Cook the ribs with 1.5 liter cold water for 30 minutes since the cooker begins to sizzle. Discard the broth and keep aside.
- Prepare all ingredients for the paste, peel-off and cut in smaller pieces if necessary.
- Put all spices for the paste in a blender or food processor.
- If necessary add a little bit oil to help the blending process.
- Blend the spices into a smooth paste.
- Prepare the other herbs/spices which're not to be blended/pounded: bay leaves, kaffir-lime leaves, galangal & cinnamon stick.
- Heat 2 tbsp oil in a frying pan/wok, sautee the paste together with the above mentioned herbs/spices.
- Stir all the time until the paste done & well cooked (to obtain the best taste). The paste is done when the texture becomes scrambled & the colour changes from yellow into orange. (It takes approx. 5 minutes).
- Transfer the paste into the deep saucepan and stir to mix.
- Bring over medium heat to boil.
- Add the coconut milk, tamarind juice and bring to boil. Stir occationally to prevent the coconut milk from separating.
- Simmer over low-medium heat for about 30-45 minutes until the beef ribs are tender and the spices being absorbed perfectly.
- Adjust the taste, add salt or sugar if necessary.
- Prepare all the ingredients for the garnish. The soup should be kept pipping hot.
- Serving Method: Put about 2 beef ribs in a deep serving plate. Garnish with tomato, spring onions and then pour in the hot broth. Press a lemon slice over the soup.
- Last but not least pour a little bit kecap manis on the top. Serve hot with rice. Add sambal oelek if you like it spicy.
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