Rendang Sapi is one of the most popular dishes from Padang, West Sumatra. Padang is known by their delicious meals made from coconut milk. And Rendang Sapi is one of them. There are many Padang Restaurants (Masakan Padang) all around the country. Don’t be surprised when you go to eat there. They will bring you all the dishes on your table, even though you don’t order them. All you have to do is just take what you want. And of course, you have to eat what you already chosen, because they will only charge the dishes that were eaten or tasted.
Difficulty : Medium
Cooking time : 45 – 60 minutes
– 1/2 kg topside beef
– 700 ml coconut milk ( made from 1 coconut if using freshly granted coconut)
– 2 kaffir lime leafs
– 1 fresh turmeric leaf (optional)
– 1 piece of tamarind (asam gelugur/asam kandis) – it’s about 2 cm
– 1 stalk of lemongrass
– 5 shallots, thinly slice
– 100 g red chillies
– 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced
– 1 teaspoon fresh shredded ginger
– 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh shredded galangal (laos/lengkuas)
– 1 teaspoon of shredded fresh turmeric
– Salt to taste
1. Prepare the spice paste by grinding or blending all ingredients finely.
2. Cut the beef into small but thick slices square.
3. Use the wok, saute the shallot until fragrant then add the spice paste. After few minutes add the beef and all other ingredients into a wok and bring slowly to the boil, stirring constantly to prevent the coconut milk from separating. Cook over low heat, stirring from time to time, until the meat is very tender and all the sauce has evaporated.
4. Continue cooking the beef, which will fry in the oil that has come out from the coconut milk, until brown.
5. Serve with warm Bismati or Jasmine plain rice.