1. 500 gr beef cube/shank, cut cubed
  2. 2 liters water
  3. 200 gr french beans, cut like a matchstick
  4. 1 big carrot, cut like a matchstick
  5. 2 green/unripe green tomatoes
  6. 1/4 tsp pepper
  7. 1 tbsp sweet soya sauce (preferably Indonesian sweet soya sauce like bango or ABC brand)
  8. 1 piece gula melaka/brown sugar (about 50 gram)
  9. 4 tsp tamarind juice
  10. to taste Salt, sugar
  11. Stir Fry Ingredients
  12. 4 big green chillies, cut
  13. 1 big red chillies, cut
  14. 6 bird eye chillies/chilli padi, whole – no need to cut
  15. 6 shallots, slice thinly
  16. 3 garlics, slice thinly
  17. 4 cm galangal/blue ginger, cut and smashed a bit to release the flavour
  18. 3 pcs Indonesian bay leaves
  19. Oil


  1. Clean, cut the beef cube or shank. Put in pressure cooker, add 2 litres of water and cook for 15-30 mins (beef shank 15 mins, beef cube 30 mins). Set aside.

  2. Prepare the rest of the ingredients, wash clean and cut accordingly

  3. Heat some oil in a frying pan, stir fry the shallot and garlic until fragrant and turn translucent. Add chillies, bay leaves, galangal. Continue cooking for few more minutes.

  4. Add the stir fried chillies/shallots/garlics to the beef soup. Turn on the fire again, add sweet soya sauce, brown sugar, salt, pepper, sugar. Add french beans and carrot, cook until soften. Lastly add the green tomatoes and tamarind juice. Cook for a few more minutes. I don’t cook the tomatoes until too soft/mushy.

  5. Taste, add any seasoning as needed. The soup will be a mixture of sour, spicy, sweet and salty at the same time. So refreshing

  6. Serve with warm rice ??

  7. For me: at step 4, once I cook the shallots/garlics/chillies in the soup for a few minutes, I will take the chillies out from the soup and put them in separate bowl. Why? Because the longer you cook the chillies, the spicier your soup will be. And as I am cooking for the whole family, I don’t want the soup to be too spicy for my kids. We will add the chillies back before serving in our individual bowl.

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