Selat Solo aka Bistik Jawa recipe

Sep 21, 2013 by

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Selat Solo or Javanese Bistik is an European influenced dish originated from Solo, Central Java. Solo is mom’s home town and we still visit Solo every Christmas to visit my grands, so this dish is my once-a-year kinda meal. Selat Solo might not be as popular as nasi liwet, gudeg ceker or timlo but this delicacies is my second favourite dish from Solo, with nasi liwet being the first. I still haven’t found the answer of why this dish is named Selat Solo (Eng: Solo Channel) as Solo is located inland and has no channel but I have found the answer of making this simple delicious dish.

I have to admit though that I cheated this recipe by using frozen vegetables mix instead of fresh carrots and green beans. I also used bottled mayonnaise instead of making it from scratch. One other thing to note, it is quite common to use beef tongue as the main ingredients in Selat Solo but I used beef tenderloin instead of beef tongue to make this recipe more reader friendly. To be more honest with you, I think I don’t have the guts to handle raw beef tongue.

Also, as I used local beef which is famous for being chewy, I put the complete soup (after step 4 below)  in my trusted slow cooker for 2 hours to tenderized the meat. I think you could use tenderizer powder or hammer to make it quicker but I prefer using a slow cooker as the process would infused the flavours longer and make the dish more delicious.

Selat Solo / Bistik Jawa

To soak the meat:
  • 500 grams beef tendeloin, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon clove
  • 2 tablespoon vinegar
  • 4 tablespoon sweet soy sauce
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
For soup:
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 200 ml water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • a pinch of salt, to taste
  • a pinch of pepper, to taste
To complete the dish:
  • carrots, steamed
  • green beans, steamed
  • corns, steamed
  • lettuce, washed
  • eggs, hard boiled
  • potatoes, fried / steamed
  • mayonnaise
  • any other vegetables that you like
  1. Wash meat and put it in a bowl. Combine all ingredients for soaking and pour the mix over the meat. Leave it covered in the fridge for at least an hour.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and cook onion until it’s translucent.
  3. Lower the heat and pour in meat mix into the pan. Cook the meat for 2-3 minutes on each side and flip over. Cooking time will depend on the thickness of your slices.
  4. Pour in water and the rest of the ingredients, let it cook covered for 10-15 minutes. Check if the meat is tender and soft.
  5. Prepare your serving plate: start with layering lettuces and top it with vegetables and egg. Don’t forget to add potatoes and mayonnaise on the side.
  6. Once the meat is tender, add 3-4 slices of the meat unto the plate and pour some soup over the meat. The dish is now complete and ready to be served.

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  1. Hank Harjo

    Bistik jawa and Salad goes together. Slada (ind.), Salad (engl.), Selat (Javanese )

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