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Diced Beef in Black Sauce Soup


300 gr. beef brisket, cut into 2 cm cube



2 bay leaves

4 kaffir's lime leaves

1 stalk lemongrass, bruised

2 cm galangal (laos), bruised

salt and pepper to taste

6 glasses of water (1.5 liters)

2 Tbs. vegetable oil


4 small shallots.

100 gr. short bean sprouts.

Basil leaves.








1.      Heat 2 Tbs. oil and stir-fry the spice paste for a minute or two.

2.      Add bay leaves, kaffir's lime leaves, galangal, lemongrass, salt and pepper.  Stir-fry until fragrant.

3.      Add the beef cubes and stir fry for a minute.

4.      Meanwhile, heat water in a large pot and add the stir-fried beef cubes and cook on low heat until the meat is tender and flavor of the spices have been absorbed.

5.      If the water level dropped too much, add hot water.

6.      Serve with bean sprouts and basil.

Makes 3-4 servings.