Dendeng Balado is a speciality from Padang, West Sumatra, made from beef that thinly cut then dried and fried before added with chillies and other ingredients. I really like Padang food. For me their foods are delicious because they use different kind of spices. In Indonesia I can easily get it. They have it from small food seller calls ‘warung’ to big restaurant with more choices.
Because there is no Padang restaurant here, I have to fulfil my desire for the food by cooking them all by myself. Need an extra effort indeed, but when the food serves in the table and I can enjoy it, it pays off.
Preparing time: 45 minutes
– 250 g non-fat beef, thinly sliced
– 1 tablespoon lime juice to marinate
– 1 tablespoon lime juice for the sauce
– 3 shallots or half medium red shallot
– 8-10 red chillies, seeded and roughly grind
– 2 fresh kaffir lime leafs (daun jeruk purut)
– salt to taste
1. Marinate the meat with lime juice. Leave it for 10 minutes.
2. Put the meat into oven tray pan and bake until half dry.
3. When it’s done, fry the meat. Set aside.
4. In remaining oil, sauté the shallots until fragrant, then add kaffir lime leafs and chillies. Stir well. Add the lime juice, salt and the meat. Continue cooking. Add a little of water if necessary.