Monday, December 13, 2010

Beef Stew In Onion Flavored Sauce - Malaysian Monday


I am no Malaysian food expert, so I will not pretend to be one.  A year ago the only Malaysian dish I had even heard of was satay, but  thanks to some of my blogger friends' Malaysian Monday posts I have learned Malaysian food is so much more than satay.  Just like Malaysia it is very diverse, a mix of Indian, Chinese, and Thai flavors.  So for the past several months I have been planning on participating in Malaysian Monday, but I keep putting it off...I decided it was just easier to go ahead and do it, than keep thinking about doing it. 


So I went to the bookshelf got my copy of Martin Yan's Asia, flipped to the chapter on Malaysia and just picked a recipe.  I actually picked this recipe because all of the ingredients besides the curry leaves are easy to find.  You might be able to find everything  at a regular grocery store.  If you can't find curry leaves, just leave them out.  There is no good substitution.


Now even before I cooked this recipe I knew it was going to taste good, since by themselves all these ingredients taste good...and cooked together...The meat is so tender and the spicy, lemony, salty broth is so good over rice.

Beef Stew In Onion Flavored Sauce
adapted from Martin Yan's Asia

1 & 1/2 lbs boneless beef chuck
2 tbs soy sauce
6 small dried chilies
1/4 cup warm water
2 medium onions, diced
2 stalks lemongrass
2 tbs oil
4 cups water
juice of a lime
3 inch cinnamon stick
1 stalk of curry leaves
2 tbs black bean garlic sauce
2 tbs oyster sauce
1 tbs sugar

 Cut the meat into 1 inch cubes.  Toss the beef with soy sauce and cornstarch.  Let stand for 30 minutes.  Then crumble the dried chilies in a blender add the warm  water.  Let stand for 20 minutes.  Blend until smooth and set aside.  Remove the outer green leaves from the lemongrass and crush the bottom 6 inches of the lemongrass stalks.  Then heat the oil in a 3 quart pan over medium high heat.  Brown the meat on all sides.  Then remove the meat from the pan.  Reduce the heat to medium.  Add the onions and cook until they are soft.  Then add the pureed chilies and cook for 1 minute.  Return the meat to the pan and add the water, lime juice,cinnamon stick, curry leaves, lemongrass.  Bring to a simmer.  Cover the pan and allow the meat to simmer for 1 to 1 & 1/4 hours or until the meat is tender.  Stir in the black bean sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar.  Simmer for about 10 to 15 additional minutes, until the sauce thickens slightly.

Serve this with plenty of rice.

We actually really enjoyed this and I look foward to cooking more Malaysian recipes.  I am really hoping that some of my Malaysian friends will email me some recipes...hint...hint!!!



Sending this to Suresh @ 3 Hungry Tummies for Muhibbah Malaysian Monday.

If you are interested in Muhibbah Malaysian Monday click HERE to find out more.

42 comments:

  1. Mmmmm this looks good and I love oriental flavours so this is a must. Diane

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  2. Great flavors combined to produce a fantastic dish. Good work.

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  3. This looks like a good choice, and a wonderful dish. Full of flavor. I have always wanted to make some of the Malaysian recipes too. I am excited to try this one!

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  4. I love Malaysia and most the food there. This recipe sounds delicious! I have never noticed this on a menu before, usually the people we are with that live there do the ordering for us. I will be looking for this dish the next time I am there. I have only had one dish in Kuala Lumpur that I did not like. It was a greasy fish soup that had these balls of fish with pieces of the scales mixed in.

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  5. This looks very Malay to me! Well done!

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  6. A hearty meal in a bowl and I will pretend that its lamb and not beef.

    See, i rented a book from the library hoping to try some Malaysian recipes but some ingredients are hard to find. Yet I found a couple to my liking and I will be cooking some too.

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  7. I like all kinds of Asian foods but haven't tried Malaysian. I just checked Planet Barbecue and has several for me to try. I also book marked this one because I'm always looking for new ways to use chuck roasts. Looks delicious.

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  8. once again my friend you have tempted my taste buds:) yummy

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  9. This Malaysian dish is really tasty! Very Chinese too except for the curry leaves and cinnamon. Strong Martin Yan influence which makes it even better tasting, I must say. Great find!

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  10. Bravo! Your beef dish did look very Malaysian and the ingredients indicate that this dish must taste very delicious!

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  11. Hi,
    I'm one of your readers and have been following your blog for some time. Really love all the different types of food here :)
    * I'm a Malaysian and your Malaysian dish looks yummy! :D

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  12. Bo, so great that you made Malaysia foods, your beef dish look really good and truly Malaysia ! I hope to see more Malaysia dishes from your kitchen.

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  13. wow looks wonderful great job, and so pleased that you joined I need to one day lol
    I agree canned fish isn't that great but like those little herrings :-)

    hope your having a good week Bo

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  14. I have a friend from Malaysia. May I need to convince her to teach me some of her dishes. My family and I would love the flavor profile of this dish!

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  15. Lemony salty broth? That alone sounds great. thanks.

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  16. Oooh, I'll have to try this recipe, I love beef stew. I grew up watching Martin Yan on PBS. I never tried one of his recipes before.

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  17. Great recipe my friend and thanks for a wonderful entry!
    P.S I will mail out the curry powder later this week ;)

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  18. You are really inspiring me to head to the Asian Market today and I am not kidding!

    I just make a beef stew but this type is more up my alley as I'm a HUGE fan of the Asian flavors and cooking - I need to do it more!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe, book marking 100%!

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  19. CL,
    I have the same problem.

    Suresh,
    Thanks!

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  20. How beautiful your pics, Bo! This dish looks so mouth watering!!

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  21. Awesome. This sounds great, I've never made Malaysian food before but thoroughly enjoy eating it. Thanks!

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  22. Wow, just looking at your pictures makes my stomach growl... Looks awesome Bo!

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  23. I've also been following Malaysian Mondays - with intense hunger. This recipe has more ingredients I can find and I am thinking what a nice change it would be from the traditional American roast. And still keep us all warm and comforted.

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  24. That black bean sauce looks terrific...so does your beef stew! I love everything in here.

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  25. I have heard about Malaysian food from my brother who lived in Singapore and fell in love with the food; and judging from the ingredients on tonight, it looks flavorful and easy to make; lemongrass is my weakness!

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  26. I agree curry leaves are difficult to find. Last week I saw one at a distant grocery store, and I was in glee. One of my favorite dishes to make is the Malaysian Udang Birijin, buttered Shrimp oats with curry leaves. I agree theres no substitution for that..

    I suddenly missed Malaysia.. Your dish kinda reminds me of my stay there, beef stew is one of my comfort food back there.... Aww Lee kum kee, my savior as always.

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  27. Yay! Welcome aboard the Malaysian Monday (gravy?) train. This looks like a perfect dish to start with, and well done on sourcing the curry leaves. I'm doing a happy dance now, it's so wonderful to hear that you were inspired to cook a Malaysian dish thanks to the MM posts.

    Cheers
    Shaz

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  28. Another fantastic looking dish Bo!! I don't know if I've actually ever had true Malaysian food before...but I am pretty sure I would love it! It has so many of the flavors I adore!

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  29. Mhel,
    I am lucky enough to have a couple curry trees, but otherwise they are not avaliable here period.

    Shaz,
    Yes you guys inspired me! Keep it up!

    Jenn,
    This was my first time trying anything Malaysian.

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  30. This looks so good. I've never made Malyasian food myself, but definitely like their curry flavors when I try it in restaurants.

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  31. This sounds wonderful, Bo! I know I would love all of these ingredients too.

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  32. Beef stew is my favorite, I just had it for dinner today.

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  33. Great choice! This is packed full of yummy flavours!

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  34. You know, I'm not really familiar with Malaysian food...but I know I'd love this...you're so right! Such amazing flavors all put together MUST make a fabulous dish. yummy.

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  35. I had almost forgotten about Martin Yan. He was a wiz with his knives. A bowl of that beef stew sounds fabulous on this cold wintry day.
    Sam

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  36. the beef stew looks so tempting... perfect meal in that plate! nice click!

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  37. I used to watch Martin Yan on PBS. Saturdays gave us Martin, the Frugal Gourmet and Justin Wilson. Who knew the Foodnetwork was in the offing? This stew has all the flavors I like so I'm sure to like it. Our cold weather dictates stews stewing!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  38. Such a wonderful and delicious dish. I sure love this one.

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  39. I need to get some of that black bean garlic paste, that sounds awesome! Thanks!

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  40. Bo ~ What lovely recipes. It been great in 2010 and I'm looking forward to a great fantastic foodie 2011!

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  41. YUM!!! This sounds like a great dish to keep me warm this winter!!! Thanks for visiting my site!

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