Saturday, November 1, 2008

R2R: Beef Rendang


A few months ago, I went out to dinner with friends and had Beef Rendang for the first time.  Oh My GOD, it was great.  I assumed I would just have to revisit this restaurant over and over again for this dish.  Not so, apparently, as it popped up as the Recipes to Rival Challenge for October!  This is an amazing dish- super tender AND crispy, sweet from the coconut and with a gentle spice from chile and ginger-  check out the recipe here and give it a try!

You'll see it calls for lots of specialty ingredients- galangal, kaffir lime leaves, etc.  There are decent substitutions for a lot of those ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store.  I was able to get by without the galangal, daun salam, and kaffir lime, and used the suggested substitutes of ginger, bay, and lime zest.   

9 comments:

Elra said...

Lauren,
The look of your rendang is a very authentic, because Indonesian rendang is suppose to be dry, not wet (it's not like curry) And the color is exactly like the one in your photo, is almost black. I think you were doing a great job making it.
Cheers,
Elra

Carla said...

I've never heard of beef rendang. I'll have to try this sometime in the future.

maybelle's mom said...

sorry you couldn't get all the ingredients, but glad it came out so delicious looking.

Lori said...

Isnt that great that you have the recipe for something that you love and can recreate it at home.

Rayrena said...

Wow, love the color of your rendang! Glad you enjoyed it. I'd really like to try this in a restaurant to see how theirs turns out.

Temperance said...

I love that dark color! I knew I stopped cooking mine a little early, but didn't think it was a problem now I wish I had been more patient.

Isn't it funny how life is some times?

Debyi said...

Your rendang looks great! Amazing job. Isn't great when you can recreate an awesome restaurant meal at home!?!

JMom said...

I love your presentation. The dark color of the beef was hard to photograph but you made it look so appetizing.

Rendang Connection said...

Nice blog!

Rendang is one of the most popular dishes from Padang, West Sumatra. Padang is known by their delicious meals made from coconut milk. You can make it spicy or mild, depend how you like it. :) http://www.rendangconnection.com/