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.