Beef Rendang: Indonesia’s Best Authentic Food You should Taste!

beef rendang

When it comes to the world’s best foods, of course, you may think about exclusive dishes commonly found in luxury restaurants. This food may surprise you but Indonesia’s beef rendang has been voted as one of the best foods around the globe. But in fact, in its origin country, this cuisine can be easily found in small food stalls. Furthermore, the food is now available at affordable price!

Talking about rendang, it is not only about the taste but also the local wisdom. The cuisine is the part of culture, particularly to Minangkabau descent and Sumatera. Once, it was served only at special occasions. But local people nowadays can easily find and enjoy this amazingly luscious traditional cuisine in many places.
So, we would like to introduce delicious Beef Rendang

The Origin of Beef Rendang

Beef rendang is originated in West Sumatera, Indonesia. The world’s best food is the original cuisine that represents the culture of Minangkabau descent. Though it is commonly served at special occasions, now it can be enjoyed at any time. But, even people from the other part of Indonesia can easily find rendang with authentic taste at Padang restaurant.

The secret to its lusciousness is a myriad of herbs and spices. This cuisine is typically cooked for a few hours until the meat completely absorbs the liquid containing herbs and spices. Slow cooking process ensures its tenderness, at the same time maintaining its shape.

This dish is commonly served with roasted shredded coconut. Besides, this topping just increases the taste of the dish. Local people usually eat rendang with warm steamed rice and condiments. The condiments vary widely, ranging from fried onions, slices of tomatoes, to chili pieces.

How to Make Beef Rendang with Authentic Recipe

Being one of the world’s best food, you might be tempted to taste this cuisine. Good news, you don’t necessarily need to fly to West Sumatera. With the many recipes available on the internet, it is pretty easy to make an authentic rendang by yourself. All you need to do is following the recipe and you will have the world’s best food in your kitchen.

But you shouldn’t overlook this dish. As with other Indonesian traditional dishes, the cooking process can be very complicated and involve a lot of ingredients. If you live in a four-season country, it may be a little difficult to find the herbs and spices. In a supermarket, you can jump to Asian section to find the needed herbs and spices.

To make sure your rendang is successful, you should pay a careful attention during the ingredients selection and the cooking process. Therefore, the following tips help you make rendang just the way the local people make it.

1. Choose the right chili

There are many varieties of chili and each variety comes with different sizes and hotness level. The best chili for rendang is the local Serrano chili. So, make sure to buy this kind of chili and use the required amount as mentioned in the ingredients.

You may need to remove the pith and seed in order to reduce the hotness level. But if you are not a spicy-lover, you can reduce the amount of chili as desired.

2. Chop the galangal

You are going to use galangal in the recipe. Actually, the galangal will be blended with other ingredients in a food processor. But, many people fail to blend the galangal as they don’t cut them into small sizes or chop it. Therefore, to make sure the galangal blend perfectly with other ingredients, you need to chop or cut them into small pieces.

Aside from making it easier for the processor to blend the galangal, it also increases the flavor. Besides, you don’t want to eat a chunk of galangal while enjoying the rendang. For this reason, make sure you blend the galangal until you see a spice paste.

3. Cut the beef in the right size

Don’t think that smaller size of beef can make it easier to cook. Cut the beef just in the right size, no smaller than 4 cm unless you want it to shrink into smaller pieces during the cooking process. On the other hand, you are not suggested to cut the beef in large size as it will elongate the cooking process. Not to mention the herbs and spices will not be well-absorbed to the deepest layer.

Now that you know the cooking tips, it’s time to get to know the authentic recipe of Indonesia’s rendang. Prepare your note and be ready to jot down the recipe. Be sure to follow the step by step cooking instructions.
Authentic Beef Rendang

Ingredients I:

  • 1 kg beef
  • 100 ml vegetable oil
  • 600 ml coconut cream

Ingredients II

  • 12 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 candlenut
  • 250 g onions
  • 300 g Serrano chili
  • 50 g ginger
  • 25 g turmeric, ground
  • 50 g galangal
  • 1 ½ tsp coriander, ground
  • a tsp sugar
  • a tbsp salt
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 10 whole cloves

Ingredients III

  • 2 turmeric leaves
  • 1 piece tamarind
  • 3 pieces kaffir lime leaves
  • 4 stalks lemongrass

4. Cooking instructions:

  1. Cut the meat into 4 cm square, set aside.
  2. Prepare a food processor, blend all ingredients II. Set aside.
  3. Take the lemon grass, remove its outer sheath and the green part. Bash them to release the flavor.
  4. Prepare a wok, pour the vegetable oil and heat up. Sauté the paste of ingredients B and stir until you smell the aroma.
  5. Add turmeric leaves, coconut cream, kaffir lime leaves, tamarind, and lemongrass.
  6. Put the beef into the work, cook over medium heat. Bring to boil.
  7. Once it turns to boil, simmer the wok. Check the stew from time to time, add water you see it is about to dry.
  8. Cook until the beef is tender and it absorbs the spices thoroughly. Be sure the color turns into dark brown. It typically takes about 3 hours.
  9. Serve with warm steamed rice.

What do you think about the cuisine? Actuallu, as one of the world’s best foods, rendang is a modest traditional cuisine with ultimate lusciousness. So, if you visit West Sumatera, be sure to taste this palatable dish. But if you don’t have a plan to visit West Sumatera in a short future, make your own authentic beef rendang with the above recipe. Have a nice try!

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