Sour Beef-Soup a la Banjarmasin

Origin: Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan


  • 500 g beef meat (with fat) if preffered
  • l water
  • 5 pc long beans or 20 pcs young French beans
  • 2 cm galangale, bruished or sliced
  • 1 stem lemon grass, outer leave discard, bruished
  • 3 tbsp tamarind water (1 tsp tamarind pulp soak in 3 tbsp water)
  • 5 pc fresh green chillies
  • salt or to taste
  • sugar to taste

Spice for the paste

  • 2 pc large red chillies, de-seeded, chopped
  • 5 pc shallots, chopped
  • 2 cm fresh turmeric or 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 pinch roasted shrimp paste / Terasi (optional

Sour Beef-Soup a la Banjarmasin

Here it is the typical cuisine from Banjarmasin – South Kalimantan : Sour Beef Soup. I think it tastes similarly to the Bone Ribs Soup from Palembang – South Sumatra. Tempting flavours of spices & fresh vegetable definitely stimulate you to try this! Long beans is commonly used in the original recipe but unfortunatelly this exotic vegetable not always available in Asian shops. So this time I took the French Beans as a subtitude. But I assure you … it still tastes superb 😉


  • Pour in 1.5 liter water in a deep saucepan, cover the pan and bring to boil.
  • Adjust the heat into medium, *** add the beef meat until cooked. (If necessary skim off and discard the fat that floats to the water surface).
  • Take out the meat and cut into a cube (2×2 cm). Put again into the pan.
  • Wash and cut the long/french beans into 3 cm length. Put aside.
  • Put all ingredients for the paste in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. If necessery add a little bit oil to help the blending process.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a Wok or big saucepan. (Don't add oil if already added in a blender). Stir fry the paste & lemon grass. Stirring all the time until fragrant.
  • Add the fried spice into the pan. Add the sliced beans & big green chillies & continue cooking until vegetable half cooked.
  • Adjust the seasoning, add the salt and sugar to taste until it tastes sour & sweet. Serve hot with rice.


  • *** Add the meat into boiled water then cook on the medium heat to preserve it's best taste.
Keyword Banjarmasin, beef, Indonesia, long beans, sour, tamarind

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