Indonesian Rendang Curry Starter

Indonesian Rendang Curry Starter


Our Indonesian Rendang Sauce Starter captures the essence of traditional rendang with a fragrant blend of coconut, warm spices and savory aromatics.

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Rendang is a traditional Indonesian commonly made with beef and a spicy sauce containing a high amount of coconut milk. It originated with the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra, who first prepared it using water buffalo — an important domesticated animal in Minangkabau culture. Because water buffalo meat is tough, it required a long cooking time. In fact, the word “rendang” comes from the word “merendang”, meaning slow cooking. Traditionally, meat would be cooked very slowly until all liquids were fully absorbed. At that point, the meat is fried until blackened, a method which helped preserve meat in Indonesia’s tropical climate before refrigeration. 

Today, rendang is usually eaten before all liquid is totally absorbed. Thanks to its long history, it is of great cultural significance to both Indonesians and Malaysians. For this reason, it is often prepared for weddings and other special ceremonies or celebrations. Along with meat, usually beef or chicken, and coconut milk, rendang contains a spice mixture which includes turmeric, coriander, garlic, chiles, lemongrass, tamarind, and cinnamon. Rendang was recently chosen as the number one dish of the "World's 50 Most Delicious Foods” according to a poll of 35,000 people conducted by CNN International.