Semur (Savory Beef Stew)



Serving 4 portion

  • 500 gr beef
  • 250 gr potato, peeled cut into wedges
  • 500 ml water
  • 7 shallots
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 pcs candlenut
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 2 pcs kafir lime leaves
  • 2 stem lemongrass
  • 2 pcs bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 4 pcs cloves
  • 10 tablespoon kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce) this is the core ingredient of semur but if you can find it, you can change with brown sugar
  • salt to taste


  • Cut the beef into chunks and boil until tender
  • Meanwhile, blend together shallot, garlic, candlenut, coriander, cloves until smooth
  • In separate pan, sauté the blended ingredients with a little oil until fragrant
  • Add bay leaf, kafir lime leaf, and lemongrass, stir well
  • When beef is tender, add the blended ingredients that were sauté, stir well and ad water
  • Add potato and keep cooking with medium heat until potato cooked through
  • Beef Semur is ready to serve


  • Beef can change with pork or chicken
Sweet Soy Sauce. ABC Brand
  • Sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis) is a sweetened aromatic soy sauce, originating in Indonesia, which has a darker color, a viscous syrupy consistency and a molasses-like flavor due to the generous addition of palm sugar. Kecap manis is widely used with satay. It is similar to, though finer in flavor than, Chinese sweet bean sauce (tianmianjiang). It is by far the most popular type of soy sauce employed in Indonesian cuisine, and accounts for an estimated 90 percent of the nation’s total soy sauce production.[
Sweet Soy Sauce. Bango Brand
  • Kecap manis is an essential sauce in the Indonesian pantry. It is used to add a pleasantly mild sweet and umami flavor in most popular Indonesian dishes; including nasi gorengmie gorengkwetiau gorengayam kecap (chicken), babi kecap (pork), semur beef stew, and ketoprak. It is also a popular marinade for grilled dishes, such as satay, ayam bakar (grilled chicken) and ikan bakar (grilled fish). Sweet soy sauce is also a popular dipping sauce, mixed with chopped shallot and bird’s eye chili and served as dipping sauce to accompany tahu goreng (fried tofu). Steamed rice topped with sunny side fried egg and drizzled with sweet soy sauce is a simple yet popular meal among Indonesian children. In Eastern Indonesia, sweet soy sauce is used as the ingredient of colo-colo dipping sauce, although traditionally this Maluku sauce uses black colored rendered coconut oil residue.
  • Kecap manis can find in Asia’s grocery store or online store