Rempah Daging Recipe (Indonesian Coconut Meat Patty)

Rempah Daging aka Coconut Meat Patty. If we break down the word rempah can be meant spice while daging is a meat. In this case it’s refer to beef the very common red meat source in Indonesia beside goat.

Rempah daging is common to be served with rice (especially Nasi Kuning – Indonesian Yellow Rice) or enjoyed as a snack. It’s almost look a like perkedel (potato patty) but it has a different main ingredient by adding coconut grated or shredded. and slightly different way to add the egg. To make some foods with shredded coconut, I am a bit picky about the brand since I don’t use fresh grated coconut. Some grated coconut brands have a bigger texture and taste unfresh. When I made something with them, I disliked the the food taste. For any recipes that use frozen grated coconut, I like using the Indian brand deep dish. It has the fresher taste similar to fresh grated coconut and the texture is more uniform.

Rempah Daging
Coconut Meat Patty

INGREDIENTS:
150 grams frozen shredded coconut, thawed
300 grams ground beef
1 egg, beaten
cooking oil for pan-fry or deep fry

Spices for a paste:
8 shallots for a smaller size or 4 shallots for a larger size
3 cloves garlic
3 Thai red chilies, discard the seed if you want to reduce the heat
1 teaspoon kencur (kaempferia galanga or sand ginger) powder
2 teaspoons toasted ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon toasted ground cumin
4 kaffir lime leaves, discard the midrib
1/4 teaspoon toasted cumin
4 toasted candlenuts (kemiri)
1 teaspoon salt

METHODS:
1. Process all spices in a mortar and pestle or food processor until smooth but not too fine.

2. Combine spice paste with shredded coconut and ground beef. Add egg and mix well.

3. Take 3 tablespoons of the meat mixture and make a patty. I tried to make mine triangle. Re-do this step until all mixture is used up. Fry with a pan-fry or deep fry until golden brown both sides.

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An Indonesian born who lives in Winnipeg, Canada for more than a decade and decided to move a bit west. Edmonton is now where she is based on. Indonesia Eats is a memoir of her homeland.