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Empal gepuk
Empal gepuk sweet fried beef sprinkled with bawang goreng
Alternative namesEmpal or Gepuk
CourseMain course
Place of originIndonesia
Region or stateWest Java
Serving temperatureHot or room temperature
Main ingredientsSweet spiced fried beef

Empal gepuk or sometimes simply known just as empal or gepuk is an Indonesian sweet and spicy fried beef dish. This dish is commonly popular in Java island, but can trace its origin to the Sundanese cuisine of West Java, Indonesia.


The beef preferably used in this dish is beef shank. In There are several steps to prepare empal gepuk. First, the beef is boiled until medium well, then cut quite thickly along the muscle fiber into half-palm size. Then, using stone pestle and mortar, the beef pieces are beaten mildly to loosen the meat fibers and spread its size a little bit. The spices used in this dish are ground shallot, garlic, chili pepper, coriander, palm sugar, and salt, mixed with bruised lemongrass, galangal, daun salam (Indonesian bay leaf), a little coconut milk, and turmeric water. The meat pieces are cooked with the spices well until they are absorbed into the meat and the stock evaporate. Then the meat pieces are fried in coconut oil until the color darken and the meat is done.[1] Empal gepuk is sprinkled with bawang goreng (fried shallot) and served with steamed rice. This fried beef dish tastes succulent with mild sweetness acquired from palm sugar and a hint of spiciness.


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  1. ^ "Empal Gepuk Pedas". Sajian Sedap. Retrieved April 4, 2014.

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