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Rendong, A Hot, Spicy Dish from Indonesia

Hasnuddin Rachman from Indonesia

Rendung
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People love Rendang because the spicy tastes can really whet your appetite. You can eat Rendang accompanied by rice—our staple food in Indonesia—or sticky rice.


 

Rendang comes originally from one of Indonesia's islands called Sumatra, in the western part of the country.

There are many kinds of rendang, but the most famous one is Rendang Padang which is made by people from Padang, the capital city of West Sumatra Province. It is made of meat, coconut milk, and other ingredients such as red pepper—lots of it.

People love Rendang because the spicy tastes can really whet your appetite. You can eat Rendang accompanied by rice—our staple food in Indonesia—or sticky rice.

To make Rendang, you will need:

  • beef cut 1 inch by 1 inch
  • coconut milk
  • red pepper (not much if you don't like hot, spicy food
  • sliced shallot
  • garlic, ginger, and galingale l
  • ime leaves and turmeric leaves
  • a little bit of oil

How to prepare it:

  • First of all, stir the shallot with oil for about 1 minute. Add the blended garlic, ginger, gallingale and red pepper to the shallot, stir together for 1 minute.
  • Then add the lemon grass, lime leaves and turmeric leaves. Wait for about 1 minute, then add the meat.
  • Close the pan for 10 minutes before you add the coconut milk.
  • Last but not least, you should put some salt and sugar for the taste. After that, cook it until the meat is tender enough to eat.

Don't be surprised during the cooking if there is a good smell in the surroundings. You can find rendang everywhere in Indonesia, especially at Restaurant Padang. Try it!


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