Empal Goreng, Java style fried beef meat

February 17, 2012

The days of my teens, I clearly remember that my mother has made a very cool treaty for me that it’s fascinating to comply with. Every Sunday always be the great day for me, I make sure not to missed the treaty, at the same time I not desire to make any excuses, yes my mother is too cool for this!

The deal was genuinely remarkable and unforgettable, it goes as this way, only if I go with her every Sunday--early morning, walk all the way to the traditional market and giving my hand to carry her shopping stuff after all marketing have done, she would rewards me of having the most drooling Rawon that most people wanted along with a glass of es teh (ice tea). Oh, who would miss this out as my teenage favorite food is Rawon. I prefer my nasi rawon serve together with marinated fry meat (empal goreng) and my mother let me to have it all. The warung( food stall) Nasi rawon ibu Aliyah inside the traditional market pasar baru always been a favorite to all people. Every morning always packed with people and most of the time I've seen some people including me and my mother willing to wait for the empty bench to have her signature "nasi rawon".

"I wish I could eat Ibu Aliyah nasi rawon at the pasar baru one more time!"

I totally understand what was my mother purpose at that time, however her cool idea has made me most grateful as a women. She shown me the way, the way to make my own family happy when I get married, giving them such best comfort in the world by presenting the healthiest home-cooking, nevertheless I appreciate and thankful to my mother.
Today I manage to keep everyone in the house feel happy. Thank you ma!

I brought back the memories today as indescribable of the truly meaning of traditional market has impact to my life, it gives me such the world and enormous excitement once stepping inside it, I always desire that I could shop all the freshest and bring home right away LOL

Recalling those days, I thought I'd post up a recipe for my Mum's fry meat (empal goreng). I make sure to have empal goreng if I cook rawon and sometimes I serve the balance for my husband tid bit.
I use her exact fresh spices and only adjust every ingredients quantity, feel free to replace the spices by using powder spices/dry spices as your alternative. 

Fried Meat (Java style ) 
 Empal Goreng

200gr beef tenderloin
1 lemon grass, bashed
2 bay leaves (daun salam)
2 kaffir lime leaves
½ teaspoon tamarind paste
1/3 cup coconut milk
Salt and sugar to taste
oil for frying

Process spices
4 shallots
3 cloves garlic
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon coriander seeds
½ teaspoon whole white pepper
1 tablespoon shaved coconut sugar(gula merah)/substitute brown sugar
2cm fresh turmeric
2cm galangal

Slice up the beef across the grain into medium thick slices, set aside.
Toast the coriander seeds and cumin in a pan over medium heats.

Place the process ingredients in a blender or mortar and pestle *by chopping them first. 
Process to smooth paste.

Place the meat into a stock pot, add-in the spice paste, lemon grass, bay leaves, 
kaffir lime leaves, tamarind paste, coconut milk, salt and sugar to taste. 
Top up with water to just cover up the meat

Slow cook the beef until tender about 35 minutes or until the liquid has absorbed.
Once its done, off the heat and let it completely cool before frying.

To fry, 
Heat oil in the wok, pan fry the meat until it just browned
 Garnish with fried shallots and Serve 

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