We often have the basic spices in our homes. So whenever we like to cook Sarawak style beef bone soup, it is quite easy. Even if we do not have all the spices,and we only have the basic four of coriander seed, cumin, star anise and cinnamon our soup would taste good and is flavourful. The spices will cover the gamey smell of the beef. That has been the chef's trick since the ancient days of Spice Trade.
One or two potatoes can be added to the soup to give is a smooth feel. Tomatoes will add a sourness. And the garnish of Chinese celery (Kiing Chai) will make the soup extra nice. Deep fried onions would be a MUST.
So take out a pot and fry some ginger, garlic and onions. Add the spices . Add beef and beef bones to the pot. Stir in the cubed potatoes. Add hot water to the pot. Slowly simmer the ingredients until the beef is soft and flavourful. Add tomatoes. Add pepper before serving.
This is a nourishing soup for both young and old. In fact, even for a large gathering, a big pot of beef bone soup and tang hoon/kueh tiaw/mi hoon would be sufficient. That would be a party!!