Asem Asem

Asem Asem

Asem-asem is a very common dish from Central Java that you'll find in the most modest households to the more affluent ones.  In a modest household it is eaten as a meal with rice whereas in a more affluent one it is served as a side dish.  Asem-asem is prefried tofu cooked in a beef broth with bits of beef, green beans and the sour fruit from the Sorrel tree (if not available then it can be replaced with tamarind).   The spices are very simple; a few shallots, a few cloves of garlic, 1 bay leaf, a small chunk of galangal root, a few chopped green chilli (the large ones) and if you like it even spicier then add a few chopped small green & red chilli. Throw this all in the broth and add salt and sweet soya sauce and let it simmer for an hour to allow the spices to set in.  Sweet soya sauce is thicker in consistency than the usual soya sauce and can be found in small Asian grocers.  The flavor is a perfect blend of sweet, savory sour and spicy.  The thing about Asem-asem is that it tastes even better the next day because the tofu has completely absorbed the flavor of the broth.  And most of all it is so simple to make...

 

'Ku Koquie

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