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Black Beef Soup

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Black Beef Soup is common soup in my country. My mother often cooks it. It is full of spices therefore has a strong and rich flavour.


Black Beef Soup





Category : Soup

Difficulty : Easy

Cooking time : 45 - 60 minutes



- 250 gram beef meat (use the part that has more fat )

- 1 stalk of spring onion, finely chopped

- 2 kaffir lime leafs

- 2 salam leafs

- 1 stalk of lemon grass, bruised

- 2 cm galangal, bruised

- pepper and salt to taste

- 6 cups of water


Spice Paste

- 5 shallots

- 3 cloves of garlic

- 4 candlenuts ( can be substituted with 6 of almonds)

- 1 cm ginger

- 1/2 teaspoon of coriander

- 1/2 tablespoon of turmeric powder

- a pinch of cumin

- 3 black nuts, take only the meat

- 2 red chillies, seeded (fresh or use chili powder if you like)



1. Put the beef and water in a large pan and simmer uncovered until beef is tender. When it's tender, separate the meat and cut into small cube. Bring back to boil with low heat.

2. Grind or blend the spice paste.

3. Heat oil in heavy stock pot and sauté the spice paste together with lemongrass, galangal, salam leafs, lime kaffir leafs and black nuts over low heat for 3-5 minutes. You can add chilly powder or paprika powder if you like.

4. Bring the frying spice mixture into the pan with beef, simmer for 20 minutes. Season for taste with salt and pepper. Always add some more water if it's necessary.

5. Before it's done, sprinkle with spring onion. Cook for another 5 minutes.



Serve it with rice, shrimp crackers and others side dish like boiled egg and spicy sauce for the original experience.


Try it, it might become your favorite! ;)


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