Recipes and How to Make Asem-Asem Meat, Javanese Food Rich in Spices

PeekSeleb – Asem-tamarind is a traditional Demak dish. However, this food is also famous in Yogyakarta, Central Java to East Java.

In this dish, beef is simmered in a spicy, sour gravy. Here is a recipe and how to make delicious meat asem-tamarind. Come on scroll!

Beef Sour Recipe

Sour meat


  • 500 grams of beef (choose a cut of meat that is suitable for boiling, such as brisket or hash), cut into small cubes
  • 2 liters of water
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 cm galangal, bruised
  • 2 stalks of lemongrass, bruised
  • 2 tomatoes, cut into pieces
  • 150 grams of long beans, cut into pieces
  • 100 grams of chayote, cut into pieces
  • 100 grams of purple eggplant, cut into pieces
  • 2 pieces of sweet corn, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, shaved or thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons of tamarind water
  • Salt to taste
  • Cooking oil for sauteing

Powdered Ingredients:

  • 5 shallots
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 4 candlenuts, roasted briefly
  • 1 teaspoon coriander, roasted briefly
  • 1 teaspoon granulated pepper


  • Boil the beef in boiling water for about 30-40 minutes until the meat becomes tender. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a pan and sauté the ground spices until fragrant.
  • Add bay leaves, galangal and lemon grass. Stir well for a few moments to release the aroma of spices.
  • Add the beef that has been boiled into the stir-fried spices. Stir well and cook for a few minutes.
  • Pour the cooking water into the pan, then add the tomatoes, long beans, chayote, purple eggplant, and sweet corn. Stir well.
  • Add brown sugar, tamarind water, and salt to taste. Stir well and cook over medium heat until the vegetables are cooked and the spices are absorbed.
  • Adjust the taste according to taste.
  • Asem-tamarind meat is ready to be served. Serve warm with white rice.

Tips for Making Asem-Asem Meat

Sour meat

  • If you want the tamarind-tamarind sauce to be thicker, you can add a little cornstarch which has been dissolved in water.
  • You can also add other ingredients according to your taste, such as melinjo leaves or cashew leaves.

Asem-tamarind is a delicious and appetizing dish. The rich tamarind and spice gravy gives the beef and vegetables a unique twist.

This dish is suitable to be eaten as the main menu at family or friends events. Have a try and enjoy this delicious tamarind!

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