Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Beef Rendang



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 ;)!

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37 comments:

  1. What a glorious meal. The beef looks and sounds wonderful and your photos, as always, take my breath away. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  2. Great blog. I'm your newest follower. http://moogieland.blogspot.com/

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  3. That's an awesome spread..Great pics as always :-)

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  4. Wow! What beautiful pictures! I love anything with coconut milk. The ingredients in this sound like a perfect harmonious combination of flavors. I've never tried beef rendang before. Sound delicious!

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  5. your blog and photos are so pretty! beef rendang looks like a very delish dish. :-)

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  6. New kind of recipe to me..I don't take beef but can try it with chicken or lamb....looks delicious...

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  7. I have just taken my dinner and thought I'm full but seeing this, I'm instantly hungry again! :D This is one of my top favourite dishes......really delicious with rice...mmm

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  8. YUM! That looks and sounds great!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

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  9. looks delicious to me!! never tried these paste before :)

    have a fabulous week lady!
    jen @ www.passion4food.ca

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  10. I love eating that too. My mom makes them with premade seasonings or something like that. I believe it comes in a teabag. Did you know that if you're eating something spicy, drinking milk is the best solution to alleviate the spiciness of a food? Water just spreads the spicy taste all over. I learned this in cooking class. =D

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  11. Looks great, it reminds me of mum cooking using blended dry chili, kerisek and etc...

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  12. Very appetizing dish! I'm drooling...

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  13. heheh normally i use indofood and pressure cooker for quick tenderizing :D
    always yummy! yay to instant spices~

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  14. Looks delicious! Beautifully plated, too!!

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  15. You just remind me, I should make rendang for eid. Btw, nice picture.

    Ever since I knew how to make rendang from scratch, I said bye bye to Munik. The reason why I planted my own turmeric to get the leaves.

    I like adding dry chili powder instead sambal oelek.

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  16. Photos are really beautifully taken :-)

    Cheers from Abu Dhabi!

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  17. Wow, the beef dish looks SO tasty and SO yummie!

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  18. Although I like making sauces and pastes from scratch, I still use instant ones provided they are of good quality. I'll remember your recommendation, thanks!

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  19. Hi,

    Wow!!!amazing recipe....looks sooooooooooo yummy.....

    sameena@

    www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  20. Kalau bonyok kesini, suka juga tuh dibawain Munik, emang enak bumbunya. Kalau masak pakai bumbu Kokita my hubby suka komplen bau tikus mati, ampun deh.... mungkin bumbu Kokita banyak mengandung belacan ya

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  21. Looks better then restaurant ones! Very nice presentation too. ;) The beef must be tender and flavorful! Pass me a plate please.

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  22. gua mau bikin rendang juga buat next week...

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  23. Hmm...mm... such mouthwatering dish! I have left an award for you. Please feel free to stop by to collect the button. Thanks & enjoy your day.
    Cheers, kristy

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  24. It looks so flavorful. I'm drooling now even though I don't take beef, hehe...

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  25. WOW! I love beef rendang and your dish makes me mouth watering. Lovely clicks!

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  26. I just want to reach out and grab some of those gorgeous hunks of eat! Yum, this sounds sooo tasty =)

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  27. You are making my mouth water with this rendang. You did a great job using those instant spices.

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  28. Hey Cooking Gallery (sorry, I don't know your name), this looks delicious. You know, I was just thinking today that I want to make a rendang with tempeh. Maybe this means I should;)!
    p.s. your photos are great-yummy...

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  29. Is this an Indonesian dish? Looks soooo good! I really love beef stew, yet I always feel it's so difficult to make a perfect one:-) Your plate is making me hungry!

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  30. I like beef rendang too. Now you make me miss this dish. I thought you added kiwi into the rendang :p

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  31. Your beef rendang looks so soft and tender. The ready-made spices save us much time and energy. Should stock some in our pantry.

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  32. @ Everyone - Thank you for all your kind comments...!!!:)

    @ Pepy - thanks, Pep. It's great to hear a compliment from somebody pro in photography. I am still trying my best in improving the quality of my pictures.

    @ BabyBeluga - Masak sih bau tikus mati ;)? Aku pernag coba kokita bertahun-tahun yg lalu, bumbu nasi goreng, dan mmg enggak enak dan rasanya kok puedesss bgt! Thanks for stopping by:).

    @ Kristy - Thank you so much! It's been ages since I received an award :). I will pick it up and post it together in my next post :).

    @ Stella - I know it sounds stupid. Just call me CG (sounds more like a name now ;)). Thanks for your compliment!

    @ Tou Tou - It is an Indonesian dish, but it's also Malaysian. Can be hard sometimes to distinguished.

    @ Tigerfish - Hehe, I should not centre the attention too much on the kiwi I guess ;). That's just for the sake of making the pic prettier...;).

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  33. This is really yummy. I love using ready made spices too. Oh at first I also thought you added kiwis hehe

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  34. This is truly delicous, perfect with chapati!

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  35. This is way too tempting! I'm gonna see if I'm able to find the 2 brands of instant packs! ;D
    I love beef rendang with nasi biryani!

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