Monday, October 4, 2010

Memories from Indonesia

This is a dish from my childhood in Indonesia:

Beef Rendang
  • 1 ½ pounds boneless short ribs, cubed
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 stick cinnamon, 2 inches long
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 star anise
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1 stick lemon grass, 4 inches long, pounded
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons tamarind pulp, soaked in warm water for the juice, discard seeds
  • 6 leaves kaffir lime, sliced very thinly
  • 6 tablespoons toasted coconut
  • 1 tablespoon plam sugar
  • salt, to taste
  • 10-12 dried chilies, soaked in warm water and seeded
  • 5 shallot
  • 1 inch galangal
  • 3 sticks lemongrass, white only
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
1. Chop the spice paste ingredients and then blend it in a food processor until fine.

2. Heat the oil in a stew pot, add the spice paste, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, and cardamom and stir-fry them until aromatic.

3. Add the beef and the pounded lemongrass and stir for 1 minute.

4. Add the coconut milk, tamarind juice, water, and simmer on medium heat, stirring frequently until the meat is almost cooked.

5. Add the kaffir lime leaves, kerisik (toasted coconut), sugar/palm sugar, stirring to blend well with the meat.

6. Lower the heat to low, cover the lid, and simmer for 1 – 1 1/2 hours or until the meat is really tender and the gravy has dried up.

7. Add salt to taste. If not sweet enough, add more sugar to taste.

8. Serve immediately with steamed rice and save some for overnight.


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  2. that is some good stuff right there.

  3. Sounds like a good one, I'll have to try making it one day. Thanks!

  4. Sounds good, but some of the ingredients are hard to get.

  5. that is one hell of a recipe lol

  6. Excellent recipe, I loves ribs.

  7. OMG you just made me hungry lol.

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  9. Ohhh yummm. I'm always in for any kind of indonesian food.

  10. Even without a description that sounds very yummy.

  11. Going to get the girlfriend to make this on Friday :P

  12. great! going to try this tomorrow.

  13. ooh I'm going to go make some Beef Rendang right now.

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  15. sounds really good. I am going to have to try this out sometime.

  16. Sounds interesting. Will have to try. Good post dude

  17. wow sounds nice!! followed , f5's given :)

  18. Sounds tasty, I'll be sure to try this sometime

  19. ima try that this weekend sounds good and i love new stuff

  20. sounds like it would be pretty good.

  21. Great recipe! My best friend is from Indonesia. I'm sure she will love being surprised if I get around to making this.