Friday, 13 January 2017

Daging Kandar (Kandar Beef)


I'm on stalking mode. My victim is my friend Nor, whose blog Secubit Garam I have been stalking lately. 

When we were in school, Nor was a tiny, skinny little thing (made me feel like a big fat giant) but she was big on humor. She was chatty and funny and I liked her a lot.

It never occurred to me that my friend would one day become a well known and popular blogger. Nor has since hung up her boots (or is it frying pan) and no longer updates her blog.

I'm sure she still cooks and bakes up a storm (as updated on FB from time to time). Her priority now is focusing on being a dedicated and doting grandmother. Nor and her family are so blessed!


This is another fabulous recipe which Nor adapted from another source. What I like about this recipe is that there is minimal pounding involved. Yay!


After the dish was cooked, I had a taste and though it was good, somehow it tasted "disjointed". I don't know how to describe it but it occurred to me that this is a dish that improves on sitting.

True enough, the following day it was perfect. It is one of the most delicious beef dishes I have tasted and it will join my list of keeper recipes. You can also substitute beef with chicken as Nor had done.

Beef Kandar
Recipe source : Adapted from Secubit Garam

Ingredients :
- 400g beef, sliced (I used a tough cut known as chuck)
- 8 shallots + 1 inch ginger, pounded
- 1 packet meat curry powder (25g)
- 2 tbsp thick soya sauce
- 2 tbsp tomato sauce
- 2 tbsp chili sauce
- 1 big onion, sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, sliced
- 1 inch cinnamon stick
- 1 star anise
- 2 sprigs curry leaves
- salt to taste

Method :
1. Heat oil in wok and saute big onions, garlic, cinnamon stick and star anise until aromatic.
2. Add pounded shallots and garlic and curry leaves. Stir briefly.
3. Add curry powder, thick soya sauce, tomato and chili sauce. Stir to mix.
4. Add beef and stir until well mixed.
5. Transfer to slow cooker and cook on high for 1 hour. Then switch to auto and continue to cook until beef is tender (took me another 3 hours).
6. Can be served immediately or keep for a day before serving for the flavors to develop.

Note : If not using slow cooker, either boil the beef first until tender or simmer over the stove.

42 comments:

  1. Beside chicken, what about pork and mutton?

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  2. That looks similar to our Sarawak masak hitam. One in my blog tomorrow, absolutely out of this world! Would want to go back for more!

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    1. It taste different though, but just as delicious.

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  3. I like to eat beef so I am sure I will like this dish. Wow! You wrote 5 posts this week, a post a day. Well done! :D

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    1. Don't congratulate me yet, I might run out of posts hee..hee... I meant to post 3 times a week but I had these in my draft, so...

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  4. When I read the words...no pounding involved (and I went yay!)....then I reached the words...1 hour on high and 3 hours on auto (and I went haiz!). This recipe aside, I'm intrigued by some of your beef recipes but can I ask where you buy your beef from? Imported beef from Aeon? Or local beef from the wet market (I don't think I know what cut to get if I go to the Malay stall in the wet market coz I've never cooked beef at home) :(

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    1. I buy beef from Aeon. Sometimes when they have local beef, I go for local. Price wise, not really much different. Because I am stingy (hah..hah..) I go for the cheaper tough cuts. You can always use the more tender cuts. If buying from the wet market, you can tell the butcher what you want to cook (rendang, curry, soup) and he will recommend the cuts for you.

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  5. I could tell from the colour that this curry is delicious. I could eat 2 plates full of rice anytime with it. Yums.
    I am also curious like EWEW on where you purchased your beef as that could be important.

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    1. I buy beef from Aeon because I don't go to the wet market. The ones from Cold Storage are too pricey.

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  6. The sauce looks sticky and rich. Yum.

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    1. The sauce is thick and good. Goes so well with rice.

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  7. Looks good! Will try on chicken... teeth nowadays not as strong so beef is out of the question unless tenderize it first..

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    1. hah..hah...that bad? Beef can cook longer till tender.

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  8. Phong Hong I want to try this recipe - it really looks delicious this beef dishes.

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  9. Sigh... the other day I thought I bought a packet of mutton. But turns out it is beef. Now still sitting in my fridge. Wondering how to cook it, since I have never cooked (or eaten) beef in Malaysia before...

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    1. Adoi! So how? Surely you are not going to waste it. Can cook beef stew. Hmmm...I haven't cooked beef stew in a while.

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  10. Never cook this before. Maybe can try it for CNY

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  11. OK, now I am seriously drooling and getting hungry.

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    1. hah..hah...this one is so easy to cook.

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  12. I just had a quick look at your ingredients. It looks like a winner. Will soon get my kitchen back and this is on my bucket list to cook.

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  13. I selaly masak camni kalo beli daging, sedap coz ada rasa kicap mix with curry powder, cuma i jarang letak curry leaf sbb takde. But ayam also nice masak camni, cuma ayam kenalah gorengkan dulu.

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  14. Mcm nk kena try this recipe lah PH
    Skrg Nor dah tk aktif blogging llg
    Dia sibuk dgn bertanam mcm2 Ph kaknoor pun pernah jugak dapat benda dari Nor mcm2 jenis cili Nor kasi tau

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    1. Try lah, Kak Noor. Sedap tau. PH selalu suka tengok tanaman kat kebun Nor.

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  15. nor sounds like a fabulous person and cook ... i'd love to have her as my kakak angkat, heheh :D

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  16. Looks like one of my favorite confinement dish leh! The gravy, I sure finish everything!

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    1. hah..hah..confinement dishes are so delicious :)

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  17. I love beef and I am drooling over the photos. Ha ha...I am going to try out this dish. Thank you, Phong Hong for the recipe.

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  18. My ex school friends only know mengumpat and borak about entertainment news. That s whylah at this age I still google whenever I want to cook. Hahaha!

    I like beef. Kalau boleh, every single day I nak makan beef but knowing that I'm not that young and all penyakit can easily 'attracted' to me nowadays, I tahan myself from eating beef daily ^_^

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    1. Your friends sound like fun hah..hah..

      High 5, MD! I also love beef. Like you, I won't mind eating everyday but of course have to abstain due to health issues.

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  19. I baca recipe pun i dah tau mmg sedap this kind of menu PH. Sebab combination of serbuk kari, kicap, tomato dan cili sos tu mmg akan jadi ohsem hasilnya.

    See walaupun i bukan chef! Haha....

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    1. Alergik punya alergik, pakar pulak dalam menganalisa resipi...hee..hee..

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