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
- Over medium heat fry the cumin, coriander chilli and dried onion and garlic in peanut oil for a few seconds until fragrant
- Add the trasi then the canned meat and remaining ingredients.
- 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.
- Transfer to a slotted spoon or sieve and allow excess fat to drain.
- Cool before storing in an airtight container.
Sprinkle it on your rice , along with some fried shallots.