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Balinese Beef Strips (Daging Masak Bali)

Recipe by Connie Veneracion
This dish of Balinese beef strips is simple to prepare and the ingredients are inexpensive (stewing meat is a lot cheaper than loins and rounds). But when you taste the dish, you wouldn’t think it’s simple and cheap. The flavors are complex and deep (hot, spicy, a bit sweet and a bit salty) and the dish is very aromatic.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Indonesian
Servings 2 people
Balinese Beef Strips (Daging Masak Bali)


  • 350 grams slab of boneless stewing beef pressure-cooked with 1 ½ cups water and 3 tablespoons soy sauce for 45 minutes
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 one-inch knob piece ginger
  • 2 shallots or 1 onion
  • 2 bird’s eye chilies
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf
  • 2 tbsps vegetable cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons palm sugar brown sugar is okay
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 bird’s eye chili finely chopped, to garnish
  • sliced scallions or onion leaves, to garnish


  • Cut the beef into strips about a quarter of an inch thick and three inches long.
  • Pound the garlic, shallots, ginger and chilis to a paste. Use a mortar and pestle, a blender or a food processor.
  • Heat the cooking oil in a wok or frying pan. Add the paste and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
  • Add the beef to the pan. Stir to coat each piece with the spice paste.
  • Add the kaffir lime leaf, tamarind juice, palm sugar, soy sauce and shrimp paste. Pour in the liquid in which the beef was pressure-cooked.
  • Bring to the boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until the beef is tender and the sauce has thickened and reduced. Taste the sauce, adjust the seasonings if needed.
  • Sprinkle with finely sliced chili and scallions, and serve hot.


Updated from a recipe originally published in 06/30/2012
Keyword Beef