Rempah Daging Recipe (Indonesian Coconut Meat Patty)

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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

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

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 lived in Winnipeg Edmonton, Canada for more than a decade prior to move to Edmonton in 2017. Indonesia Eats is a memoir of her homeland.