Rendang (Padang-style Beef Stew) is a dish which originated from the Minangkabau ethnic group of Indonesia, and is now commonly served across the country. Also popular in Malaysia and Singapore, rendang is traditionally prepared by the Malay community during festive occasions.
Randang Minangkabau Seasoning
Padang cuisine is renowned for its fiery taste obtained from coconut milk and spices. Rendang is made from beef (or occasionally chicken, mutton, water buffalo, duck, or vegetables like jackfruit or cassava) slowly cooked in coconut milk and spices for several hours until almost all the liquid is gone, allowing the meat to absorb the spicy condiments. The cooking process changes from boiling to frying as the liquid evaporates. The slow cooking process allows the meat to absorb all the spices and to become tender. The spices may include ginger, galangal, turmeric leaf, lemon grass and chillies. Chicken or duck rendang also contains tamarind and is usually not cooked for as long as beef rendang.
Kinds of Randang Minangkabau
There are two kinds of rendang: dried and wet. Dried rendang can be kept for 3–4 months, and it is for ceremonial occasions or to honour guests. Wet rendang, also known as kalio, can be found in Minangkabau restaurants, and without refrigeration, it should be consumed within a month.
Randang Minangkabau Award
Lamak Bana – the Padang language term for “very delicious” – reflects the indigenous cuisine of West Sumatra. Rendang Minangkabau is one of Minangkabau cuisine which is so delicious, words cannot describe how good it is until you have tried it. International recognition for the delicacy of Minangkabau cuisine is evidenced by the election of a typical “Minangkabau rendang” is a must taste food when visiting Indonesia. ASIA WEEK magazine (August 18, 2000), in the section of “ASIA’S BEST” say that Rendang Minangkabau as one of the best food in Asia and also as the most memorable dishes by strangers from abroad when reminded of Indonesia. Restaurant is honored as a presenter this Minang cuisine in ASIA’S BEST is “Sabana Nasi Kapau” located in Melawai Jalan Raya No. 21-A, Block M, South Jakarta.
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