Aapehaar – Abon Daging

Aap haar is Dutch for “ape hair”, which this shredded fried spiced beef resembles.

It is a Dutch version of an Indonesian dish called abon daging.  It is what is known as a rice puller, a flavoursome condiment to be served with rice.  Making it usually involves a laborious process of shredding slow-cooked beef with a couple of forks, but long ago I was shown a  quick and easy way, using canned corned beef.

  • 2 cans corned beef
  • 1 Tbsp trasi (shrimp paste)
  • 1 Tbsp tamarind pulp
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp  cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1-2 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 4 Tbsp. dried onion flakes
  • 2 tsp dried garlic flakes
  • 1 tsp crushed fresh garlic
  • 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp peanut oil
  1. Over medium heat fry the cumin, coriander chilli and dried onion and garlic in peanut oil for a few seconds until fragrant
  2. Add the trasi then the canned meat and remaining ingredients.
  3. Fry while constantly stirring and separating the lumps of corned beef until the meat first yields its fat, then its moisture, turns a dark brown and looks like crisp hair.  This can take half an hour or more.
  4. Transfer to a slotted spoon or sieve and allow excess fat to drain.
  5. Cool before storing in an airtight container.

Sprinkle it on your rice , along with some fried shallots.




About Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.
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