Rawon (Javanese Beef Soup)

Hello!

When I was a little girl, my parents would take my siblings and I on road trip (like 18 H at least) to visit my late grandmother. She used to have a restaurant, especially for this beef soup that is known as Rawon, originating from East Java island of Indonesia.

Rawon (Javanese Beef Soup)

My SO likes this soup too, however, even though he did get to meet my grandmother before she passed away, he did not get to taste the soup the way my grandmother would make it. My grandmother lost her sight years before she passed away. The lost of her sights also caused her the restaurant, sadly.

Indonesia has many kinds of soups, and Rawon is one of the famous ones. Its authentic broth as the black color and flavor comes from a fruit called, Keluwak, which you can only find in Southeast Asia, and only Indonesians (and some Malaysians) use it in their dish. I have not heard other nations in Southeast Asia ever mentioned this fruit at all.

Keluwak (black nut)

I prepared this soup using my awesome electric pot, the famous Instant Pot, but obviously you can prepare it in regular stove top 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 kg beef cubes
  • 2 lemongrass bruised
  • 1 thumb ginger
  • 1/2 of a large purple onion
  • 5 garlic
  • 5 candlenut no subs
  • 8-10 keluwak no subs, soften in enough hot boiling water
  • 10 dried kafir lime leaves no subs
  • 3 tbsp Royco or beef powder seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander ground
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

In fact, if you want that super tender beef, where it just pulls away when you bite it, yet you won’t be around the pot much, you can also prepare it using crockpot (slow cooker pot). This soup is very easy to make with whatever you feel like to, stove top, crockpot, and definitely the Instant Pot 😉

Instructions

  • In a blender, mix garlic, onion, ginger, candlenut, into a fine paste
  • Into Instant Pot (you can use stove top pot if you don’t have an IP), saute oil, paste, lemongrass, turmeric and coriander
  • Stir in beef and coat with spices
  • Pour about 3-4 L water, stir, add in Royco, stir
  • Place lid on
  • Press “soup”, and add 10 more minutes to the timer (50 mins total)

Indonesians love serving the soup (with the rice), accompanied with crackers/chips, with chili sauce, salted egg, new fresh mung bean sprouts (when the tails are still short), and sweet soy sauce 🙂

Rawon (Javanese Beef Soup)

Black broth soup from Java, Indonesia

Ingredients

  • 1 kg beef cubes
  • 2 lemongrass bruised
  • 1 thumb ginger
  • 1/2 of a large purple onion
  • 5 garlic
  • 5 candlenut no subs
  • 8-10 keluwak no subs, soften in enough hot boiling water
  • 10 dried kafir lime leaves no subs
  • 3 tbsp Royco or beef powder seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander ground
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

Instructions

  • In a blender, mix garlic, onion, ginger, candlenut, into a fine paste
  • Into Instant Pot (you can use stove top pot if you don’t have an IP), saute oil, paste, lemongrass, turmeric and coriander
  • Stir in beef and coat with spices
  • Pour about 3-4 L water, stir, add in Royco, stir
  • Place lid on
  • Press “soup”, and add 10 more minutes to the timer (50 mins total)

Notes

Serve the soup with warm rice!
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Goulash

Hello!

I have a beef soup recipe to share today. I learned to make this soup for the first from my SO to be honest. He is the better cook in the house 😀

It is a very known and liked soup in some European countries, however, when the original authentic dish is actually soup, the other countries would prepare them as stew, but would call the dish the same name, beef soup (gulyasleves = leves is soup), so they are pretty much misleading in a way or two, including Wikipedia haha I do have to mention that Wikipedia does say it is stew OR soup. But seriously, the authentic dish is in the form of soup.

Gulyas (Goulash)

Most likely why it is referred and prepared as stew in other countries, some people would make their soup so rich, so meaty, they cook the soup for for longer time that the meat would just fall apart, turning the soup to thicker broth, thus more like a stew.

Anyways, let’s see the recipe 😀

I cooked my beef soup in Instant Pot, you can use stove top of course 😀

Ingredients

  • 1.5 kg beef cubed
  • 1/2 of a large onion diced or thinly sliced
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin or a little more
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley
  • Carrots and potatoes cubed, as much as you want
  • 2 beef bouillon
  • 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika powder dissolved in enough water
  • 1/2 tbsp Vegeta powder
  • Enough water

Instructions

  • Saute onion until soften
  • Stir in and brown meat
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients
  • Choose the soup button on your Instant Pot, add 10 more minutes to the timer stated, and you are good to go 😀

Everyone should own at least one Instant Pot, my suggestion, because this baby can do everything, even to make yogurt! Which I will be sharing some other time 😀

Goulash

Hungarian Beef Soup

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • 1.5 kg beef cubed
  • 1/2 of a large onion diced or thinly sliced
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin or a little more
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley
  • Carrots and potatoes cubed, as much as you want
  • 2 beef bouillon
  • 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika powder dissolved in enough water
  • 1/2 tbsp Vegeta powder
  • Enough water

Instructions

  • Saute onion until soften
  • Stir in and brown meat
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients
  • Choose the soup button on your Instant Pot, add 10 more minutes to the timer stated, and you are good to go 😀