Wednesday, 26 June 2013

(Indonesian) Beef Rendang - Video

Beef rendang is no doubt one of the quintessential cuisine of Indonesia.  And it is also one of my all time favourite food.  But, just in case if you never heard of rendang, it is a form of dry curry from West Sumatra, traditionally made with beef.  The beef is slowly stewed in a mixture of spices and coconut milk until it's meltingly tender.  It does take a little bit of time to cook, though saying that it's not too terrible time-consuming, and it's easy!

I make no claim whatsoever that this recipe of mine is authentically Indonesian.  This is my version of beef rendang and it is delicious... and that what matters to me.

If you don't want to use beef, chicken is great too (I recommend using chicken thighs or drumsticks, not breasts as they might go stringy) or even venison or lamb will be lovely too.

Beef Rendang - Photo by Vincent Wilfred
...and yes!! It's another video blog (vlog). The past few weeks, a couple of friends and I have been working on some ideas to make this vlog a regular feature here.  I am so grateful to be surrounded by many talented people and I thank my friends, Oflavia and Vincent for putting this video together.  I hope you enjoy watching the video, and if you do I would appreciate if you give it a 'thumbs up/like' at the channel or subscribe for more contents.  Thank you! :)

Beef Rendang
Recipe by Me

2 medium onions
6 cloves of garlic
1 thumb size piece of ginger
6 red chillies
2 sticks of lemongrass
2 teaspoons dried chilli flakes
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 cinnamon sticks
2 bay leaves
6 cloves
400 ml coconut milk
200 ml water, plus more
Fresh tamarind or tamarind paste or lemon juice
Sweetened soy sauce
1 kg beef tenderloin or braising beef

And here's how I make it...


  1. Meat cooked slow and steady with the curry and coconut milk just make this pop. Beautiful Indonesian dish.


  2. Slowly stewed beef rendang in curry gravy...oh my...salivating and moreish!

    1. Thanks Angie! It's utterly delicious.

  3. I absolutely love your videos Michael! They're really well done! And beef rendang is a real favourite with our family :D

    1. Thanks Lorraine! Glad you love the videos :) Beef rendang is also a staple in our family.

  4. Michael, I just loved your are such a natural 'pro' and your Beef Randang is amazing and delicious. Love the mixture of your spices. Keep those great cooking videos coming!

    1. Thank you so much Elisabeth! More videos to come very soon :)

  5. Love your videos... keep making them!! :)
    And I ADORE beef rendang - I have a friend how makes it and I've been meaning to ask for the recipe - now there is no need to bother him!! Thanks for posting this, Michael!

    1. Yay! Thank you :) We just shot another video last week, so hopefully it'll be up soon.

  6. I for one think this rendang of yours is pretty authentic, and it looks absolutely great!
    Good job with the video post.

    1. Cheers Miriam. Hopefully you'll give it a go :)

  7. Hi Micheal,

    Even in Indonesia itself, there is so many versions of Rendang... It is difficult to say who is the real Indonesian rendang. Authentic or not, yours looks really good.

    Great job with your vblog!

    Nice to know you via blogging. I'm now your latest Twitter and blog follower. Hope to hear from you soon.


    1. Thanks Zoe for stopping by. And apologies for the late reply to your comment. I look forward to visit your blog :)

  8. very nice post and very well explained
    thanks for sharing

    1. Thank you. I am pleased you enjoyed reading the post.

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    1. Thank you! I hope you'll give it a go.