Author Elfie V
Elfie V.

I find inspiration and joy in the kitchen as a passionate cooking enthusiast and culinary artist.

An Indonesian beef stew that is boiled in thick brown gravy.
Easy to cook and delicious Meat Stew.

Meat Stew is a type of soup or sweet soup which is well known in Indonesia. The way of meat stew is served is very different in some areas. The sweet taste of the gravy is the hallmark of this Meat Stew. Semur comes from the Dutch language, Smoor, which means the dish has been slowly boiled with tomatoes and onions. Smoor in Dutch also means braising or a way of cooking by boiling in a long time over low heat until the meat is tender. Over time, Meat Stew has become an Indonesian food tradition and is served at various events. Betawi people make stews as part of a tradition that is always served during Eid and weddings. Not only being a Betawi culture, but stews also often appear at celebration events in various parts of the archipelago such as Sumatra and Kalimantan, and of course with a taste and appearance which adapted to the local community. Sweet sauce (kecap manis) and sugar make the stew brown and sweet. For meat, you can use minced beef. Then you can make it round and stuffed it with eggs. Besides the main ingredients (meat and potatoes), this Meat Stew also consists of various variations in its presentation, such as the addition of tofu, tempeh, eggs, fish, and other ingredients according to the tastes of the people in their respective regions. Added with chopped tomatoes and carrots as a complementary to the stew. You can see the recipe for Meat Stew below.

YIELDS 2 serving(s)
TOTAL TIME 75 minute(s)


  • 275g minced beef
  • 2 boiled eggs, cut into 4 pieces
  • 2 white bread, soak in water, squeeze
  • ½ tsp nutmeg powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 egg white
  • 5 tbsp wheat flour
  • 800 ml water


  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tomato, cut into squares
  • 1 carrot, cut into thin strips
  • 3-4 tbsp sweet sauce
  • 1 tsp nutmeg powder
  • 1 tsp beef powder
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper



Cut the boiled egg into 4 pieces as in the photo.

Step 1 of cooking Meat Stew.

Mix the minced beef with all ingredients, except flour.

Step 2 of cooking Meat Stew.

Round the beef, then flatten it, add 1 piece of a boiled egg as in the photo.

Step 3 of cooking Meat Stew.

Then shape it around until the eggs are all sealed.

Step 4 of cooking Meat Stew.

Roll into the flour until blended.

Step 5 of cooking Meat Stew.

Saute the onions until fragrant.

Step 6 of cooking Meat Stew.

Put in the carrots and tomatoes, stir until cooked.

Step 7 of cooking Meat Stew.

Put in the sweet sauce, stir until it boils.

Step 8 of cooking Meat Stew.

Then add water, beef balls, and other seasonings. Stir until cooked and boil.

Step 9 of cooking Meat Stew.

Pour the meat stew into a bowl, and it's ready to eat!

Step 10 of cooking Meat Stew.

Author Elfie V
Elfie V.

I find inspiration and joy in the kitchen as a passionate cooking enthusiast and culinary artist.

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