Rendang was voted the best food in the world according to an international survey of 35,000 votes. This addictive dish of spices and meltingly tender beef originated in Minang Indonesia and is a staple of any official celebration. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from making every day a special one.
500g beef short rib, cut into 5cm pieces
150g Batu Lesung Rendang Rempah Spice Paste
220g coconut milk
1 tablespoon kicap manis (sweet soy sauce)
1 teaspoon salt
Mix all the ingredients together in a small pot and bring to a low simmer.
Continue cooking for another 2 hours (3 hours if you prefer your meat softer), stirring often to prevent the beef from burning.
If the rendang is cooking too quickly, add a little more water. The final dish should have a very thick gravy and should taste like happiness.
Toast some desiccated coconut in a small frying pan and serve it sprinkled all over the rendang and rice.