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Malbi Sapi Palembang - Palembang Beef Stew

If the Javanese have semur, then the Sumatrans have malbi. They are both stew made with Indonesian kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) and a lot of spices. Luckily, the spices used are pretty common, so there should be no problem finding them in your neighborhood grocery stores. As for the other main ingredient, i.e. the kecap manis, most Asian markets in the States should carry them, or as last resort, you can always get them online from Amazon. :)

Malbi Sapi Palembang - Palembang Beef Stew
Malbi Sapi Palembang - Palembang Beef Stew

Malbi Sapi Palembang - Palembang Beef Stew

5.0 from 6 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins

Serves: 4

Print Recipe


  • 3 tablespoon oil
  • 800 gram beef, cut into 1 inch cubes (pick your favorite cuts for stew)
  • 1 liter (4 cups) water
  • 100 ml sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (Indonesian: bubuk pala)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper (Indonesian: bubuk merica)
  • Grind the following into spice paste
  • 100 gram shallot (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 4 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 1 inch ginger (Indonesian: jahe)
  • 5 candlenuts (Indonesian: kemiri)
  • 2 teaspoon coriander seeds (Indonesian: biji ketumbar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin (Indonesian: jinten)
  • Garnish
  • deep fried shallot flakes (Indonesian: bawang merah goreng)


  1. Heat oil in a pot and sauté spice paste until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add beef pieces and stir until well coated with the spice and no longer pink.
  3. Add water, sweet soy sauce, salt, sugar, ground nutmeg, and ground pepper into the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until beef are cooked and tender, and the sauce has reduced, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Adjust with salt and sugar as needed.
  4. Turn off heat. Transfer to a serving bowl, garnish with with shallot flakes and served immediately with steamed white rice.
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  • Natz Daisy Natz Daisy says:

    Halo Anita, Salam kenal ya Thanx buat blog nya, sudah banyak recipe yang saya coba

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Natz, salam kenal juga :) Thank you loh dah cobain resep-resepnya.

  • monica rampo monica rampo says:

    Hai Mba Anita, salam kenal... Dari kecil saya sering makan malbi, tapi belum pernah buat sendiri mba... wah lihat malbinya mba Anita benar-benar enak deh kelihatannya, jadi ngiler mba...sudah kebayang neh makan malbi pakai nasi putih hangat. saya bookmark resepnya ya...siapa tahu nanti saya mau coba juga...he he he... Terima kasih ya mba sudah sharing...

    • Anita Anita says:

      Salam kenal juga Monica :) Iya nih dulu kecil saya di Medan, dan di Sumatra yah malbi lebih deket yah ke lidah dibanding semur. Sip, nanti kalo sempet hayo dicoba.

  • Yenni Yenni says:

    Hi Anita, I love your recipes! They are delicious. I cooked Malbi last night, took even longer than 1 hour to simmer. However the sauce didnt reduce to the consistency in your photos, is the sauce meant to be a lot and runny? Like soup?

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Yenni, thank you for trying out the recipe :) I believe the malbi sauce is supposed to be rather thick instead of runny.


    Kirain palembang hanya empek-empek aja ya mbak, ternyata baru tau nih tentang malbi sapi. Informasinya sangat bermanfaat sekali mbak, salam kenal ya dan salam sukses. :)

  • resep kue keju resep kue keju says:

    malbi sapi from palembang is crazy taste :D Nyummy.

  • dapurresepnusantara dapurresepnusantara says:

    Terima kasih ya mba sudah sharing…

  • Juragan Resep Juragan Resep says:

    Malbi sapi.. baru dengar. Kalau bentuknya mirip dengan rendang. Saya simpan dulu, siapa tahu next time bisa dicoba

  • resepmasakini resepmasakini says:

    makasih ya sis resepnya, cobain dulu deh :)

  • Resep Masakan Resep Masakan says:

    Mantap sist resepnya. Salam kenal ya sist. Thanks for share.

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