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Semur Tahu Telor: Dutch-Indonesian Braised Tofu & Egg Stew

Semur Tahu Telor: Dutch-Indonesian Braised Tofu & Egg Stew

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Soups & Stews, Tofu & Tempe
  • Method: Braising
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Semur is a sweet and savoury stew, whose name derives from the Dutch word smoor, or “to braise”. It can be made with a variety of proteins, in various regional styles. For this recipe, we’ve chosen to make Betawi-style semur with tofu and eggs.


  • 2 square blocks of firm tofu
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, peeled 
  • 6 small shallots 
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • 2 candlenuts
  • 3 cm fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, bruised and knotted
  • 1 Indonesian bay leaf (daun salam)
  • 0.5 tsp white pepper powder 
  • 0.5 tsp coriander powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ grated nutmeg
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 cloves
  • 3 cm cinnamon stick 
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 big red tomato, cut into small pieces 
  • 0.5 lt water
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 5 tbsp sweet soy sauce


  1. Cut each tofu in half. Deep fry and set aside.
  2. Using a blender or food processor, blend into a smooth paste the shallots, garlic and candlenut.
  3. Heat the water in a medium-sized cooking pan.
  4. Heat the oil in a small frying pan, and sauté the blended spices until fragrant, around 3 minutes.Saute the spices


  5. Transfer the sautéed spices to the pan of water.
  6. Add the lemongrass, ginger and bay leaf.Transfer the sautéed spices to the pan of water


  7. When the water boils, add the white pepper powder, cumin, coriander, nutmeg, star anise, cinnamon, cloves and salt.
  8. After cooking for 5 minutes, add the tofu and sweet soy sauce.Add the tofu and sweet soy sauce


  9. Add the tomatoes.Add the tomatoes.


  10. Add the boiled eggs.Add the boiled eggs


  11. Cook for another 30 minutes or until the sauce thickens.


  • The eggs can be omitted.
  • Semur keeps well for a few days in the refrigerator and is best enjoyed with steamed rice and sambal terasi.

Keywords: Non spicy, one-pot meal, common ingredients