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Beef Penang Curry

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Beef Penang Curry

As I mentioned a week or so ago, I’m having a bit of a love affair with Beef shin at the moment. I can cook with it day in and day out and I’m never disappointed!

After making stews, soups and pies with it, I wondered how it would be in a curry and last night, I decided to try just that. When my husband and I was in Malaysia in 2007, we stayed in the picturesque Cameron Highlands for the first 7 days where we were treated to the most incredible food and service I’ve ever come across in my life. Everyone in the resort knew our names and I just loved how they called me “Mees Aleeedaaaa” (Miss Alida).

Beef Penang Curry

Long, luxurious breakfasts flowed into massages in the tranquil spa, lunches, naps and high tea’s. Their lunch buffet always included a selection of curries which were absolutely to die for. Because Malaysia is like the rainbow nation of the east (influences from both Asian countries and India) the curries were incredibly flavourful and the one that stood out the most was the Beef Penang curry (even though this is actually a Thai curry). The melt-in-your-mouth beef was coated in a spicy, salty and sweet coconut gravy and served with the fluffiest Jasmine Rice. I was in heaven!

Beef Penang Curry

Even though I didn’t have a recipe to work off of last night, I pretty much got the flavours spot-on and I was very impressed with myself. Of course I served this with Jasmine rice as I can’t imagine any other rice with this aromatic curry and I think a poppadom or two would’ve done just perfectly as well!

Serves 4

2 onions, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tsp crushed ginger
2 tbsp red curry paste
2 tins coconut cream
2 tbsp fish sauce
1.2 kg beef shin, bones removed and meat roughly chopped
500ml water
jasmine rice, to serve

  1. Fry the onions, garlic and ginger in a large pot until soft and translucent.
  2. Add the curry paste and allow to fry for another minute.
  3. Add the coconut cream and fish sauce and allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes before adding the beef.
  4. Stir to combine everything then add the water and cover.
  5. Allow to simmer for 60-90 minutes until the beef is soft and tender.
  6. Remove the lid from the pot and allow the curry to simmer until the sauce has reduced and thickened.
  7. Serve with jasmine rice, fresh coriander and chopped chillies.
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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Marisa

    Looks excellent! I’ve been having a love affair with beef short ribs myself.

    • Ally_R

      I also love short ribs but I have to say, beef shin has stolen my heart! 🙂

  • Matthew

    Just finished eating it. What a awesome curry. Something different from the normal curries used to having.

    • Ally_R

      Matthew : I’m so glad you liked it! 🙂

  • umer

    incredible recipe and pictures ..

  • Reply

    Definitely saved and definitely being made. Looks DIVINE, I love a good curry and this sounds too easy and flavoursome NOT to try! Gorgeous photos too, takes talent to make a beef curry look pretty 🙂

  • ryan

    The recipe for beef curry seems to be missing the step where you add the beef?

    • Ally_R

      Ryan, you’ll in step 3 I said “Before adding the beef”. You add the beef after the coconut cream and fish sauce. 🙂

  • Lori

    Looks divine Ali x

    • Ally_R

      Lori : Thanks doll! Congrats on your new job! 🙂

      Loulla : Let me know what you think when you’ve tried it!

  • Loulla

    lovely! i have a love for shin too. Will definitely try this

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