Beef Rendang | The ULTIMATE guide [Nyonya Cooking]

Rendang is a meat curry dish from West Sumatra, Indonesia. It needs hours of slow cooking until the coconut milk is caramelized and turns into its signature luscious texture. Together with homemade coconut butter and a load of spices, the dish is a delicious affair.

Rendang is a very special curry dish. Made with a selection of 10 different types of spices such as chillies, turmeric, lemongrass and galangal, it easily stands out for its awesome flavour which develops over the long and slow cooking process. It s so tasty that it was voted as the most delicious food in the world based on 35,000 votes in a survey carried out by CNN. The complexity of the dish and the details that come along with it made rendang an exclusive dish. It s usually served for weddings, religious celebrations and coronation ceremonies. Now that we know rendang is the king of curries and tastes extremely delicious, it is important to understand the dish and the tips to achieve the best result.
Rendang originates from the Minangkabau ethnic from West Sumatra. With the migration of Minangkabau immigrants to its neighbouring countries such as Singapore and Malaysia, it was then introduced to other neighbouring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore. The name ‘rendang’ came from the Sumatran word ‘randang’ which means slowly. This clearly refers to the cooking process which takes a long time. Traditionally, it takes between 8 hours to 3 days to cook rendang! Some suggested that the correct name for the dish should be the latter instead of what it is known today.

The topics which we have explained in the recipe are:
How does rendang taste like?
Why does it take so long to cook rendang?
Tips to making delicious rendang
Can I use chicken to make rendang?
Which part of beef is suitable?
Type of chillies used
Pound, blend or chop the herbs?
How long can I keep rendang?
How to reheat rendang?
Cooking rendang in a slow cooker
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Nyonya: Female descendants of a Chinese ethnic group who relocated to the Malay archipelago in the 15th century. Like a true Nyonya, Grace cooks real Southeast Asian food with fresh ingredients.