Beef rendang is at the top of my list of my favourite Indonesian foods. It's beef simmered in coconut milk and spices popular in South-East Asia such as galangal, lemongrass, chilies, kaffir lime leaves and so on. It is very aromatic and tastes fabulous with rice. To be honest, I have never made rendang from scratch. I have always used ready made instant seasonings, because I lack the motivation to look for the necessary spices. Another reason is because the instant spices available for rendang are really good enough to imitate the authentic spicy flavour of Rendang I know from home. My favourite brand is still Munik, unfortunately I cannot find this brand in Germany. So what I normally do is I combine instant spices from different brands. This method can work wonder!! This time I combined Indofood and Finna rendang spices. I just added coconut milk, sambal oelek and a lit bit of sugar to taste.
I usually let my beef rendang simmer for 1 - 1.5 hours to make sure the meat is tender. Eating rock-hard beef rendang is not very pleasurable as you probably can imagine ;)
The combination of Finna and Indofood rendang is not very hot, you should add extra chillies yourself if you like your rendang biting hot!
Serve your beef rendang with rice and salad. And a glass of water (or more) if you finally decided to make your rendang extra hot ;)!