If you’re looking for a dish that embodies the rich and complex flavors of Indonesian cuisine, look no further than rendang sapi. This spicy, slow-cooked beef dish hails from the Minangkabau region of West Sumatra, and is considered one of Indonesia’s national dishes. It’s a perfect comfort food, warming you up on a cold day with its bold and aromatic flavors.
The secret to rendang sapi lies in the long cooking process, which allows the beef to absorb all the rich and fragrant spices. The meat is first simmered in coconut milk and spices like lemongrass, turmeric, and ginger, and then slowly cooked over low heat until the liquid has evaporated and the meat is coated in a thick, rich sauce.
The result is a tender, flavorful beef dish that’s perfect served over a bed of rice. The spice level can be adjusted to your liking, making it a versatile dish that can be enjoyed by everyone.
To make beef rendang, start by cutting 2 pounds of beef into bite-sized pieces. In a blender, combine 8 shallots, 5 cloves of garlic, 2 inches of ginger, and 3 red chilies until smooth. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large pot over medium-high heat, then add the blended mixture and cook until fragrant, stirring frequently. Add the beef to the pot and cook until browned on all sides.
Next, add 1 can of coconut milk, 1 stalk of lemongrass (bruised), 3 kaffir lime leaves, 2 bay leaves, and 1 teaspoon of salt to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally. If the mixture gets too dry, add a little water to the pot.
When the meat is tender and the sauce has thickened, add 2 tablespoons of tamarind paste and 2 teaspoons of sugar to the pot. Continue to simmer until the sauce has thickened and the beef is coated in a thick, rich sauce.
Finally, serve the beef rendang with steamed rice and garnish with sliced chilies and fresh cilantro.
Beef rendang is a flavorful and hearty dish that is perfect for a special occasion or when you’re in the mood for something indulgent. Its unique blend of spices and flavors is sure to be a hit with anyone who loves Indonesian cuisine.