Indonesian cuisine is one of the most vibrant and colorful cuisines in the world, full of intense flavor. The diversity in its cuisine comes from the geographical and ethnic diversity of the country. Indonesia is composed of approximately 6000 populated islands with more than 300 ethnic groups. Throughout history the cuisine has developed along with influences from many other lands throughout Asia, Middle East, Europe and the Pacific to create what is Indonesian cuisine today.
We will look into the popular dish, Rendang today. Rendang is a spicy meat dish which originated from the Minangkabau ethnic group of Indonesia, and is now commonly served across the country. One of the characteristic foods of Minangkabau culture, it is served at ceremonial occasions and to honour guests.
The cooking technique flourished because of its role in preserving meat in a tropical climate. Along with the main ingredient of meat, rendang uses coconut milk and a paste of mixed ground spices, which includes ginger, galangal, turmeric leaves, lemongrass, garlic, shallot and chili. This mixture serves as a natural preservative, and if cooked and dried properly, can last for as long as four weeks!
Let’s try making this dish that is considered the most delicious food in the world! Here is a great recipe to try out making our own spicy beef rendang from seriouseats website.