hey everyone welcome to Pai’s Kitchen
today I am making world’s most delicious food at least according to a CNN poll a
few years back I am talking about rendang so rendang is a traditional dish
from Indonesia and also Malaysia they also serve it in Singapore and probably
a few other countries so if you have rendang in your country let me know I
would love to hear about it now rendang is basically a curry but
unlike a Thai curry it’s very dry and concentrated it’s super super flavorful
and I am making one with beef today which is my personal favorite let’s get
started let’s start with the curry paste so I’ve
got some dried chilies here that I’ve cut up and I’m using guajillo peppers
which has become my favorite peppers to use for curry paste cuts got nice colour
good flavor but it’s also mild so I can adjust the heat level at the end in
addition to that I got some dry spices some green cardamom a piece of star anis
some cloves some cinnamon stick and I’ve also got some candlenuts now when I was
making my laksa video if you haven’t seen that video check it out I did not
have candle nuts but I found them, yay! you can use macadamia nuts or cashews
instead this is going to add fatty richness so if you don’t have it don’t
sweat it and I’ll leave the candle nuts for later because once you add the
candle nut then the oils come out and it kind of gums it up a little bit oh I can
smell all the spices already oh my gosh spilling everywhere now the candle nuts
going you can see it thickening up getting a
little bit wet from all the oil from the candle net by the way candle nuts are
toxic when they’re raw so please don’t be snacking on them like they’re
macadamias we’re gonna cook this later and only then can you eat the candle
that’s we’re done our spices and now the herb so I’ve got here some ginger some
lemongrass and some galangal and today lucky you I have a whole galangal to
show for those of you who don’t know what that looks like and then I’ve also
got some shallots and some garlic so not that different from a Thai curry paste
and all of that into my blender jug here and as always I’m using my
immersion blender my favorite tool for making curry paste you can certainly use
a blender and then just add a little bit of liquid of water or coconut milk to it all the dried spices that we ground up
blitz Tomatoes and that’s it I’m gonna go and finish crying from all the
shallots and we’ll continue cooking so traditionally most people saute the
curry paste in some oil but I’m gonna sneak in a little bit of a Thai
technique and saute my paste in reduced coconut milk instead because why not
take the opportunity to add some extra coconut flavor and this curry uses a ton
of coconut milk anyway so it’s not like I’m introducing anything new so now that
it’s boiling I’m actually gonna add my curry paste right away and let the
coconut milk reduce with the paste there we go because I think the extra liquid
helps break up the pace a little bit and by the way one of the things I love
about using an immersion blender is it so much easier to get the paste out of
you use a jug blender now you got to get around the blade you got to rinse it out
with water I mean this just makes life a lot easier alright so I’m just gonna
stir that in so the coconut milk has reduced to a point now where the coconut
oil is sizzling away from the pace it’s frying the paste
that’s exactly what I want in goes my beef so I’ve just got some regular old
beef chuck which is a great inexpensive cuts for stew but you can use whatever
you prefer for your beef stew short ribs and you can make rendang with chicken as
well I’ve got this tossed up I’m gonna add the remaining coconut milk beautiful
this dish is really easy once you’ve made the paste
it’s just dump and stir from here now I’m gonna take some time and scrape all
the stuff that’s stuck on the bottom now the seasoning which is super simple I’m
just gonna add some salt and some tamarind so it’s gonna be a little salty
a little sour and the sweetness is going to come purely from the reduced coconut
milk just what I loved about this dish is it so concentrated at the end this
needs to cook for two and a half to three hours yes it’s a very long slow
simmering dish in the beginning you can kind of let it go but as the sauce gets
thicker you want to come back and keep stirring and scraping the bottom
otherwise all that curry paste gonna get stuck and burn to the bottom so
unfortunately this is where it gets a little time-consuming but trust me it is
well worth it in the end look how it has just transformed you want like a
luscious thick sauce coating the beef you don’t want it to be like a soup so
what I do is I keep my lid ajar a little bit so it evaporates just ever so
slightly and then at the end I usually have the right amount of liquid but if
you need to add a little more water or at the end you need to like open it and
really let it reduce that’s totally fine as well mmm look at that my gosh so now
in rendang you want to add some kaffir lime leaves so I’ve just got some over
here and I keep mine frozen by the way and it will add just a bright citrusy
aroma and it will sort of counteract the heaviness of the curry and now one last
ingredient so Thai people have toasted rice powder Indonesian
have toasted coconut paste this is called carry see it’s going to add the
most wonderful toasty aroma you just take dry shredded coconut you toasted in
a dry pan until it’s brown not golden brown deep dark brown you want that
iconic toasted coconut aroma then I just grind it in a mortar and pestle until it
gets oily I’m just gonna add about a tablespoon of this Oh what the heck I
let the whole thing and stir that in and that right there just as a character
that is unlike anything else now you definitely want to taste this for
seasoning for saltiness mostly it does need a touch more saltiness which you
can add a little more salt but I love adding just a touch of fish sauce to it
I know it’s not super traditional but trust me it really elevates this dish in
my very biased opinion god you can smell that toasted coconut from here and that
is it by the way right now this is not spicy at all it’s super kid-friendly
but what I like to do is I fry up some dried chilies so they’re crispy and then
I sprinkle them around so if people want something a little spicy they can easily
break this up into their own portion it also acts as a nice garnish because this
is very Brown right so just a tip there for you you definitely want this with
some rice yes that’s sauce oh my god and the beef
should be for tender just like that it should pull apart with your four so make
sure you check that for doneness that is one of the most amazing flavors
I have ever experienced I am not surprised at all why this was voted
again and again in at least in the top ten of world’s most delicious food it’s
rich and very flavorful but at the same time the lemongrass and the kaffir lime
leaves as a brightness to it that toasted coconut paste that we added
gives it an aroma like nothing you’ve ever had like this is sort of similar
ish to its high massaman curry and I don’t know like this against massaman
I have a hard time choosing and like that’s saying a lot because I’m Thai
right but man if you’ve never had it you’ve got to give it a try
beef is my favorite but chicken will work as well and it will take less time
to cook so that is my rendang I would love to hear from you if your Malaysian
or Indonesian or if you make your own version of rendang I would love to hear
how you do it differently any tips and tricks you want to share with us and as
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