Rendang Sapi is one of the most popular dishes from Padang, West Sumatra. Padang is known by their delicious meals made from coconut milk. You can make it spicy or mild, depend how you like it.I like it because the taste is really strong and aromatic. However, it takes a bit longer time to cook so that the beef will be soft and tender. But it is definately worth to try =^_^=
- 500 g beef
- 4 cups coconut milk (made from 1 coconut if using freshly granted coconut)
- 2 bay leaves (Indonesian usually use Salam leaves)
- 2 kaffir lime leaves
- 3 cardamom pods, bruised
- 1 stalk lemongrass
- 2 fresh turmeric, leaves (optional)
- 4 cm cinnamon sticks
- 4 red chilies, sliced (you can add more if you wish)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sugar or 1⁄2 teaspoon brown sugar
- 8 shallots, peeled and sliced
- 6 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
- 3 cm ginger
- 3 cm galangal, peeled and sliced (laos)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed
- 2 cm turmeric
- Grind or blend shallot, garlic, ginger, galangal, peppercorn and turmeric into paste.
- Cut the beef into small but thick slices square.
- Put the beef, spice paste 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.
- Continue cooking the beef, which will fry in the oil that has come out from the coconut milk, until brown.
- Serve with warm Basmati or Jasmine plain rice.