There are some recipes that define a country’s cuisine, and we think that this Authentic Indonesian Beef Rendang is one of them.
One of our readers was gracious enough to put us on to this version of this recipe, and we were delighted with just how easy and delicious it turned out to be.
Now the key in this recipe, as with many Asian dishes, is to get the freshest spices that you can. Many of the items in this recipe can be found at local farmers markets or asian food stores, so be sure to look around for the best ingredients, it really does make all the difference. This dish is usually served with white rice.
Pound all the spice ingredients to a smooth paste using a pestle and mortar. This might take several minutes, but it's important to get a relatively smooth consistency for maximum flavour.
Place the spices in a container along with the chopped beef. Shake to coat and marinate for at least two hours.
Bring the stock to a simmer and then add the coconut cream. Dissolve the cream but be careful not to allow the heat to get too high as this will cause the coconut cream to separate.
Once the cream has fully dissolved, add in the meat and the marinate. Stir well and bring back to a simmer. Simmer uncovered for 1.5-2 hours on a pretty low heat. Make sure to stir regularly, adding more water as needed. The rendang is considered ready when the beef is tender and the sauce has fully reduced.