Indonesian Rendang

Indonesian Rendang

 

Indonesian Rendang

Indonesian Rendang

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Indonesian Rendang is one of the most delicious meals of the world as voted by CNN readers and everybody who tasted it. It's typically made with beef cooked in coconut milk for many hours until the meat is tender and has absorbed the flavors of the exotic spices. Substitute beef with chicken for a faster version.
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indonesian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 1.25 lb beef stew

Fresh Produce

  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 3 cloves garlic grated
  • 1-3 red chili sliced (optional)

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 1 can coconut milk 13.5 oz
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Rendang Culinary Spice Kit

  • Lemongrass, galangal, coriander, makrut lime leaves, turmeric, mild chili

Suggested Sides

  • basmati rice recommended
  • rice noodles
  • cucumber, carrots, bell pepper sliced
  • lettuce leaves
  • pickled vegetables

Instructions
 

  • In a POT, heat 2 tbsp oil over high heat.
  • Season beef with salt and pepper to taste and quickly brown it on all sides.
  • Transfer beef to a PLATE.
  • In the same POT, add onions, ginger, garlic, and optional chili to taste.
  • Fry over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes until the onions turn translucent.
  • Return beef to the POT. Add Rendang spices. Mix well.
  • Add coconut milk and salt to taste. Mix well. Cover. Bring to a boil.
  • Turn heat to low.
  • Cook for 2 to 4 hours until the beef is tender and most of the liquid has evaporated. Stir occasionally.
  • Remove LID, turn heat to high, and fry the sauce to concentrate the flavors. Stir frequently to not burn the beef.
  • The Rendang is done when almost no sauce is left and the beef is dark brown.
  • Serve Rendang over rice or noodles with fresh vegetables.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Notes/ Variations
▪ Substitute beef with chicken thighs or eggplants and zucchini, cut into 1-inch pieces, or lamb stew. Adjust cooking time accordingly.
 
Taiwanese Ló͘-bah-pn̄g

Taiwanese Ló͘-bah-png

 

Taiwanese Ló͘-bah-pn̄g

Taiwanese Ló͘-bah-png

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Ló͘-bah-png or in Chinese "lǔ ròu fàn" translates to braised minced pork on rice. The signature Taiwanese comfort food is traditionally made with minced pork belly. In other parts of the country, ground meat is preferred. The key to the deep flavor experience is cooking the meat in two steps: first, fry the meat in oil, then slow-cook it in a savory sauce. The dish is supposed to be a bit on the salty side.
Cuisine Taiwanese
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 1 lb ground meat (see notes *)

Fresh Produce

  • 2 medium shallots halved and sliced
  • 1 inch ginger grated

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (see notes **)
  • 1/8 cup cooking or white wine
  • 2 tsp sugar brown recommended
  • oil

Optional

  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms shiitake mushroom, portabello, or button mushrooms
  • 3-4 hard-boiled eggs peeled

Suggested Sides

  • cooked rice or noodles of your choice
  • 8 oz bok choy or Savoy cabbage sliced and steamed

Culinary Spice Kit:

  • Fennel, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, Sichuan pepper (not recommended during pregnancy) or 1-2 tsp of a high quality blend of Chinese Five Spice

Instructions
 

Step 1

  • In a POT, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Add shallots and fry until they turn brown.

Step 2

  • Add ginger and meat.
  • Stir-fry until the meat is cooked and broken apart.

Step 3 (optional)

  • Optionally, add mushrooms. Fry for 5 minutes.

Step 4

  • Add Ló͘-bah-pn̄g spices, soy sauce, wine, sugar, and 2 cups of water.

Step 5 (optional)

  • Optionally, place the eggs in the sauce.

Step 6

  • Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Note: The sauce is supposed to have the consistency of a soup, not thick.

Serve Ló͘-bah-pn̄g in bowls

  • Add a large amount of rice or noodles.
  • Scoop the meat on top.
  • Note: It’s supposed to be less meat than rice or noodles.
  • Add sauce to taste.
  • Top with eggs (opt.), and bok choy or cabbage.

Notes

Notes/ Variations
*) Pork is the most authentic. Beef or poultry works well too.
**) Click here for recommendations on substitutes.
▪ Substitute shallots with 1 cup of fried onions and add them in step 4.
▪ Add garlic, or substitute ginger with 2 cloves garlic.