Eurasian Beef Smore is not your sweet confectionery kinda Smore. It is a STEW, a delightful Beef Stew from the Eurasian community in Singapore and Malaysia. Quite different from the Sri Lankan Beef Smore!
Like many Singaporean and Malaysian Eurasian recipes, the Eurasian Beef Smore has its origins in Portuguese Malacca. And like so many Eurasian dishes, this one has a European base with Asian spices and flavouring.
What is a Eurasian?
Eurasian, as its name implies, is a mix of European and Asian. Generally speaking, in Singapore and Malaysia, Eurasian food is a mix of Asian food with a strong Portuguese influence, although the term Eurasian was initially coined for Anglo Indians in the time of the British Raj in India. These days, with the countless intermarriages, the term encompasses all manner of Caucasian heritage.
Click here (or the image below) to read more about the Eurasians, as well as the other ethnic mixes that make up the populations of Singapore and Malaysia
Eurasian Beef Stew
You’ll see a strong resemblance to many European beef stews, but the Eurasian Beef Smore is a much darker version because of the added soy sauces and of course, you can’t miss the julienned ginger. It’s cooked with carrots and potatoes and is eaten with a plate of hot steaming white rice although my favourite method is with liberally buttered crusty bread or some mashed potatoes.
On a slight tangent, the picture below shows you a hotel on the banks of Malacca River or Sungei Melaka in Malay. Its architecture is very heavily Portuguese influenced, as is its name, Casa del Rio.
Scones in Eurasian Beef Smore
The traditional method of making the Eurasian Beef Smore is to crumble a scone or two (yes, really) at the end of the cooking, as a thickening agent. I omit this and go with the flour at the start method.
Another change I’ve made over the years is also to add more European style stew-friendly vegetables, namely leek and celery, stopping short of parsnip and swede, as those will alter the final taste tremendously. And we don’t want that!
Another thing that I’ve also done is to use sundried tomato paste instead of straight up tomato purée. Sundried tomato paste lends amazing depth to any recipe you use it in, and is a favourite and quite often, secret ingredient of mine.
A word on the potatoes. You can vary the amount depending on what you plan to serve it with. Naturally, use less spuds if you’re having it with mash. And, the more potatoes you have, the thicker the end result. Here, I’ve specified 4 potatoes which will give each diner about 4 quarters.
Another thing to remember is to cut the vegetable and meat to about the same size, ie., bite size. The leeks will naturally almost disappear but the rest should hold their shape.
Click here to read up on Soy Sauces if you’re not sure of the different kinds.
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Eurasian Beef Smore is a delicious thick and dark rich beef stew from the Eurasian community in Singapore and Malaysia. It has a European base, with Asian flavourings.
- 500g (1.1lb) stewing beef, diced to slightly bigger than bitesized pieces
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 cloves
- 2 large onions, quartered
- 4 cloves garlic, sliced widthwise
- 7.5cm (3″) ginger, julienned (in strips)
- 1 large carrot, chopped into similar sized chunks as the beef
- 1 celery, chopped as above
- 1 leek, also chopped to roughly the same size
- 2 tomatoes, halved
- 4 medium potatoes, quartered
- 1 tsp black peppercorns
- 1 tsp sundried tomato paste
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 Tbsp plain flour (2 if you’d like a slightly thicker stew)
- 1 litre (4 cups) light beef stock (half strength)
- fresh coriander leaves (cilantro), chopped, to serve
- 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
- 1 tbsp kicap manis (sweet soy sauce) or 1 tbsp dark with half tsp sugar
- dash of light soy sauce
- 2 tsp clear vinegar
- 1 tsp salt
- generous amount of freshly ground black pepper
- Marinade the beef with all the ingredients for about an hour.
- Then, heat the oil in a casserole dish or large saucepan on medium heat, and fry the cinnamon stick and cloves for 30 seconds.
- Add the onion, garlic and ginger and fry for a couple of minutes until softened but not brown.
- Add the beef, stir to mix and brown for a couple of minutes.
- Add the flour and stir thoroughly.
- Tip in the rest of the vegetables, apart from the potatoes. So carrot, celery, leek and tomatoes. Stir thoroughly to coat with meat juices. If you like your vegetables like carrots, leeks and celery less cooked, add them with the potatoes, step 8.
- Now add the stock, sundried tomato paste and black peppercorns. Stir and bring to boil.
- Cover and leave to simmer for about 1 and a half hours.
- Add the potatoes, bring to boil and cook until the potatoes are done, about 30 minutes, by which time, the beef will be done too. Remember, if you like your vegetables like carrots, leeks and celery less cooked, add them with the potatoes.
- Taste for seasoning and scatter coriander leaves all over and serve with rice, bread or mashed potato.
The beef needs marinating for about 30-60 minutes.
- Category: Main Course with Rice or Bread
- Cuisine: Eurasian, Singaporean and Malaysian