>> Saturday, August 16, 2008
Home was chosen as the theme of week #9 of My Kitchen, My World (MKMW) for we are still in the spirit of Olympic Games. By cooking our home cuisine, Susan, the creator of MKMW, hopes that we can show off our patriotism. Couldn't agree more Susan ;)
For me, it is a chance to introduce Indonesian food to my fellow foodie blogger in MKMW (of course, the non-Indonesian ones). Believe me, if you love hot and spicy foods, you're gonna love Indonesian foods. But don't worry, for those who don't like to eat hot, we have also foods that don't contain chili.
Tomorrow, 17 August, is a special day for the Indonesians. Why? Because on August 17th, we are going to celebrate our independence day. That's why, in the photo below I put two red bowls just to give the atmosphere of Indonesia on my dish. Red and White are the color of Indonesian flag and it is also a theme for a foodie photography contest organized by three beautiful ladies. You still have a chance to submit your photo until 18th of August and join the fun! Read more information about it here.
The dish that I cooked for MKMW #9 "Home" is one of my fav food. My mom used to cook it for us back then. It was so delicious that I couldn't resist not to eat more than once during the meal. But, now I live far from mom, so I have to make this food on my own. Mom gave me the recipe, but as usual, she only said about the ingredients without amount. But hey, don't worry, I already made it several times, and the taste is perfect, just like my mom's.
This food called Asem-Asem Buncis. Asem-asem means sour while Buncis means bean. Actually this food is not that sour, since the sour taste is solely comes from the tomato and it has a sweet taste from sweet soy sauce and the hot taste from chilies. Since my beloved is the biggest fans of sour food, I modified the recipe by adding lime juice. He loves it very much ;)
Enough chit-chat. Now let's get to the main thing. Recipeeeeee ;))
FYI, Ibu is mother in Indonesian language.
Asem-Asem Buncis Ibu (Mom' Sweet and Sour Bean Stew)
Recipe by my mom, modified by me
200 gr beans, angle sliced
500 gr beef gulash, cut into small cube (as desired)
2 cups of beef broth (from boiling the meat)
5 small red onion (bawang merah), finely sliced*
3 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
1 tomato, diced
4 green chilies, angle sliced
4 red chilies, finely sliced
1 knucklebone galangal, finely sliced
4 Indonesian bay leaves (daun salam)**
4 tbsp Indonesian sweet soy sauce
Lime juice from one slice lime
Salt to taste
Fried red onion (bawang goreng)
Cooking oil for sautéing
1. Boil the meat until soft. Set aside and keep the water.
2. Heat oil in a wok pan. Sauté red onion, garlick, red chilies, green chilies, tomato, galangal and bay leaves, until fragrant. kuas dan daun salam, sampai harum.
3. Add bean, stir fry for a while.
4. Add beef, cook by stirring for a minute.
5. Pour into beef broth. Season with sweet soy sauce, salt and lime juice, mix well. Adjust the taste until it tastes sweet and sour.
6. Bring to a boil over small heat until the bean is enough soft.
7. Sprinkle with fried onion, mix well and remove from the heat.
8. Serve with steamed rice. Yummy!
* you can substitute 5 small red onion by one medium size onion
** you can substitute Indonesian bay leaves with curry leaves or with any bay leaves