Spicy Dried Beef Slices

(Dendeng Balado)

Looking for something different with beef? Maybe you could try this Spicy Dried beef slices or Dendeng Balado, one the easiest of Indonesian Recipes.

This beef recipe uses a lot of red chilies. It’s very delicious and suitable as a side dish to decorate the yellow rice. See the lovely picture of tumpeng, the colorful and decorated yellow rice.

People tend to like this dish. It’s hot but light. If you use this Indonesian recipe as a side dish, you’re will certainly have a successful party at the food area.

You can make the beef slices by yourself; it takes only much time to make it. You will need a few days to make the slices. But there is another easy option, just buy the beef slices at the Chinese supermarket, ready to use. Then it cost you only about 1/2 hour to prepare this Indonesian food


  • 1/2 kilogram beef or use ready to use dried beef slices
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice (you don't need this if you use ready to use slices
  • Vegetable oil
  • 100 gram Red Chilies, sliced
  • 16 Shallots, chopped
  • 1 ripe tomato, chopped


Skip this part if you use ready to use beef slices.

  • Trim the beef from fat and sinews
  • Cut into thin, square pieces following the meat fibers
  • Work the salt and lime juice into the meat and then let it dry in the hot sun until is very dry and resembles beef jerky. Several days of drying may be necessary.
  • Slice the beef into 2x2 inch squares and fry in hot oil until brown and dry. Remove and set aside

If you use ready to use beef slices:

  • Put the beef slices in the water first and drain it
  • Baked the slices in the not too hot oil, you’re just need a few seconds, about 10 seconds to bake it, not too long or you get burned beef slices. Set aside.

Heat some vegetable oil in the frying pan, add red chilies, shallots, and tomato. Stir it until fragrant. Add the beef slices and stir fry to coat the slices and distribute the flavor.

For 6 persons

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