Either way, this is good cos I really loathe eating oily food.
I got this recipe from my favorite blog, Masam Manis and I altered it slightly.
6 tbs of cooking oil
1 kg beef - cut into cubes
40 gm kerisik - roasted coconut
4 kaffir lime leaves
2 tumeric leaves
salt to taste
1 tsp sugar
2 cups of coconut cream
1 pc asam keping - or 1 tbs of tamarind paste)
4 tbs crushed palm sugar
Blend the ingredients below
3 pips of garlic
1 in fresh turmeric
1 in fresh ginger
2 sticks of serai
1/2 inc lengkuas
15 cili padi - I used abut 7 and added 3 red chili
Heat up the cooking oil in a wok. Add the blended ingredients.
Cook until the aroma rises and begin to turn brown. Add the coconut cream and let it simmer in a low heat for 10 min.
Pic on left is when I just poured the blended ingredients and left after simmering for about 15 min. See the difference.
Next add the fresh beef, add some water and simmer on a low heat until dry.
Once dried, add the seasonings. Add a bit more water and simmer again on a low heat until dry and the oil separates.
The simmering in total takes about an hour. This will make the beef tender and give it plenty of time to absorb the rich flavors of the other ingredients.
Finally add the sliced leaves and kerisik (roasted coconut which can be purchased at the wet market, make sure it's fresh).
Keep stirring and stirring, make sure the heat is on low. See the color has changed to a darker brown.
Done...well it sure took a long time but worth the time. Dig in.