A slice of home…

{Random thoughts devouring the delicious, smoky & mouth watering beef “dengdeng“. }

Dengdeng is a flattened piece of minced beef mixed with local spices, often grilled to perfection over open fire or the barbeque.
In Singapore, dengdeng is well known as street food often sold at makeshift stalls along Geylang Serai during the month of Ramadan. Dengdeng would probably be the equivalent to beef jerkies in other parts of the world.

I must admit that the ingredients and steps are a handful and tedious but I promise you that when these babies are done, you’ll be so glad you tried it. So here goes.

Ingredients:

  • 2kg of ground beef
  • 5 tbs of light soy sauce
  • 5 tbs fish sauce
  • 5 tbs of thai sweet sauce
  • 3 tbs of sesame oil
  • 3 tbs of runny honey
  • 1 cup of fine sugar
  • 2 ts of ground black pepper
  • 1 tb of Piri-piri spice mix
  • a small bowl of sugar glaze (1 ts sugar, water and a few drops of oilve oil)

I couldn’t get my hands on the Piri-piri spice mix so I made my own with the help of Mr google, of course. 😉

Piri-piri Spice mix ( adapted from http://www.food.com)

  • 1 ts Cayenne powder
  • 1 1/2 ts paprika
  • 1 ts dried oregano, crushed
  • 1 ts ground ginger
  • 1 ts ground cardamom
  • 1 ts garlic powder
  • 1 ts onion powder
  • 1/2 ts salt

Steps:

  1. In a large bowl, mix everything together.
  2. You can correct the taste by adding more heat or sweetness etc
  3. Rest the mixture in the fridge for 3-4hours.

4-hours-later

4. Scoop a spoonful of the mixture into a clear sandwich bag and spread it out evenly like so. Use a rolling pin to flatten the mixture into a thin layer. Very important to note that you do not to roll it too thin because it will be difficult to take it out later on. But if it’s too thick then, it might not cook evenly.

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**You would roughly get around 20-25 squares depending on how much you put in a bag.

5. Then place it on a flat tray and put it in the freezer overnight. You want to make sure that you clear out a space them so that it remains flat and square.

24-hours-later

6. Heat your oven to 175 Celsius and line your baking tray with baking sheet. Take out 2 squares at at time. Let the others remain in the freezer. Cut the bag from the side and peel the plastic off. Place it on the lined tray and lightly brush the square with the sugar glaze.

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7. Pop them into the oven for 10 mins per side at 175 Celsius.

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Patience was all it took. 🙂

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