Beef Rendang Recipe – Pai’s Kitchen | Malaysian / Indonesian Recipe

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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100 comments on “Beef Rendang Recipe – Pai’s Kitchen | Malaysian / Indonesian Recipe”

  1. Zeenat Durrani says:

    Hello Pailin, I have a cooking channel too, I am Malaysian and I too have a rendang recipe…perhaps you can check it out…I use a BOILING Method of cooking rendang as it is done in the villages here as well as at Weddings and Festivals…an old method of cooking without any added oil….by the way I love your channel too

  2. Frank _ says:

    Is there a substitute for galangal because I can't get it here in the Netherlands

  3. fractalife says:

    Rendang would taste better after a night or two warmed/recook, some even 3-5 nights

  4. Aaron Sulvar says:

    Just a minor critique, I noticed in a couple of videos that when you grind spices you sometimes make a mess when you open your grinder. Flip it over next time and use the top as a cup, no mess! FYI!! My kids and I enjoy your channel! Teaching my 5 yr old to enjoy Thai food, thank you

  5. Sevalogy Norcograph says:

    My girlfriend is Indonesian and she keeps telling me about this, it looks really good!

  6. Duaa star says:

    You talk a lot so annoying

  7. David Thrower says:

    I have an idea watching this, as rendang looks delicious – how about an Ethiopian/Malay fusion? For instance, using berbere and also carmelizing the onions similar to the Ethiopian dish sega tebs? Something to think about.

  8. คน อินโดฯ says:


  9. Eric Stanger says:

    I've lived on and off all over Indonesia for almost 5 years and beef rendang is my favorite dish. The best I've ever had is at a restaurant called natrabu in Bali on the bypass. It is traditional padang sumatran flavor and is my favorite. If you're ever in Bali you must try this at natrabu everything they serve is delicious but their rendang is amazing. Cheers!

  10. Taricus says:

    LOL! I'm going to start saying, "In my very biased opinion…." XDDDD

  11. Jalajas Ricette says:

    Good recipes I like it 😋

  12. Milk Bread says:

    she has such a pleasant vibe

  13. smurfiennes blue says:

    Never heard of people get mad over the origin of rendang. It’s kind of silly. Indonesia and Malaysia were one kind of folk once, even the languages are similar. It’s like Dutch, Afrikaans and Flemish.

  14. Paska Iswanto says:

    Pai, as a Chinese-Indonesian who is fond of umami flavour, I usually add some light soy sauce instead of fish sauce at the end as I believe fish and beef will contradict the taste for those who aren't accustomed to the original flavor of Rendang Curry yet. Cheers!

  15. want kongzz says:

    No oil required?

  16. al201103 says:

    Excellent video and such a nice presenting style. Rendang is my favourite curry, I learned how to make it in Indonesia. Only difference between my recipe and yours is that the candlenut is grated in at the end to thicken. Otherwise though, this was a really solid, authentic recipe (I hate seeing people mess around with this classic!!)

  17. Mars Bolt says:

    Not spicy enough to be authentic.

  18. Ill Omens says:

    Bill Murray was eating his curry
    When his cellphone suddenly rang.
    “I heard that your curry
    was dry Mr. Murray, by chance are you having rendang?”
    He paused for a moment and thought to himself… is this rendang that I’m eating?
    Scratching his head he finally said-

    Who is this?

  19. Ali Almighty says:

    Its authentic INDONESIAN food.

  20. Dan's KLR Vids says:

    Wonderful video!

  21. Yannick Sapulette says:

    Its moluccan

  22. fearless_ tv says:

    I'm Filipino and I cook rendang at home masarap.

  23. funkyalfonso says:

    I always add nam pla.

  24. Achsha Mol says:

    I am so happy YouTube suggested your channel. I had just made Beef Rendang last week and didn't even think to use the emulsifier instead of the blender. Thank for the amazing tip, I'll be using that for a lot of my cooking going forward.

  25. joseph rizal says:

    This dish is from philippines my brothers! 😂

  26. Legionary42 says:

    I found this to be very underwhelming.

  27. William G says:

    6:33 me for every key ingredient

  28. Ramesh Kumar Biswas says:

    Beautiful video. BTW, Malaysians being wealthier, use better quality beef than Indonesians, sometimes even excellent Australian beef.
    While my 4-hour rendang is cooking slowly I enjoyed watching this video and soon now …yummy, yummy!

  29. Arin Chatterjee says:

    What could be a replacement for galangal? In India, it doesnt seem to be available.

  30. Arin Chatterjee says:

    Does Galangal hv a mango flavour?

  31. Ryan Zad says:

    Wow your so beautiful, I wish we could eat together

  32. A J says:

    this food is origin from Indonesia place of origin is from West Sumatra Province.
    Each provinces in Indonesia has it tastes.
    nor Malaysia.

  33. Anthin Delahunt says:

    I am drooling on my keyboard.I might try making this
    myself leaving out the fish sauce.(allergic)

  34. J2effrey says:

    My first time on this channel and im 20seconds in but goshh are you pretty

  35. Agustinus Biotamalo says:

    Where ever rendang came from, most people prefers Indonesian's rendang. No offence because tongue can't line when it comes to taste.

  36. Ma Kali says:

    Oooh… I love Rendang so much! I tried it in Sumatra, Bukittinggi, not far from Padang, with buffalo meat. Awsome! It was in 1980. I was on a long trip of six month and since then I was longing for Rendang. In Holland a kind of Rendang was served, I only found it in Indonesian restaurants, but it was not the same. The Rendang in Bukittingi was the ONE! In the year 2002 with my first internet connection I finally was so lucky to find a young man from Padang, he was so kind to ask his mother for the original Rendang receipe, I tried it myself (80 g of Chilis and two litres of coconut milk were slowly added), Kemiri nuts finally found, and THERE it was again, Rendang at it's finest!
    One of my beloved favourite dishes, and I have travelled many, many countries in the world and tried many, many sorts of food. The nut is also called kemiri nut/kimiri nut. These trees grow in Sumatra. Thank you very much, Pailin, for your delicious receipe! It is very close to the one I have. <3 <3 <3

  37. Deepak Dwivedi says:

    i just love you . I wish we can cook together indian thai fusion 🙂

  38. Nil Ahasa says:

    Recipe for a heart attack with all that coconut cream 🤭😱

  39. difa muhammad z h says:

    Rendang is from Malaysia #DoneClaim

  40. SeaxOfBeleg says:

    Don't believe in CNN polls. Fake news and Fake polls.

  41. Ridho Budi Al Rizki says:

    Rendang is from INDONESIA (Padang) 🇮🇩
    NOT from MALAYSIA 🚫🚫🚫👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻

  42. TheYoyozo says:

    Coming soon to a WENDY’s near you!

  43. bosmanbing says:

    change the coconut milk to plain full cream milk or heavy cream and try the difference

  44. jien007 says:

    Thanks for sharing your recipe! I love your way with words hahaha. Like succinctly describing each and every detail of the flavor and technique in making this dish. Also, I laughed so hard at your reaction after putting the shallots in the blender XD thumbs up to you! Hope to see more great content!

  45. JPC Castro says:

    The first time I tried Beef rendang, I was in-flight in Air Asia. And I kid you not, I ordered 3 of them on my way back from KL to Philippines. It was the best flight of my life.

  46. RexyFan says:

    Man that looks so good !

    Question. If I wanted it to be more saucy, do I add more coconut cream right at the start when you’re reducing it with the spices or add it in more later when you’re checking it 2 – 3 hours later ?

  47. Khanty Amelia says:

    I think you miss the turmeric leaves

  48. Ian Paul Tanguilan says:

    The most underrated food in Asia.. i am a filipino but when i try this ohh 😋😋 i love all the spices and herbs mix together..

  49. Romi Hermansyah says:

    Sampai kapanpun rendang tetap hak cipta indonesia

  50. Julien Prévost says:

    Rendang is also made with duck too

  51. blackJack Amsterdam says:

    That dish I really miss in Thailand

    Is there a Thai dish that can be compared to randang

    I love Thai food
    I wish they had rendang too

  52. ArrogantBaSStard says:

    Hello, I made this and there were bits of lemongrass, ginger and galangal in it. Is that normal?

  53. Blue De Leon Tagorda says:

    Girl, you just made my stomach hurt so much! I miss Rendang and all Asian dishes (no pork)

  54. Yohana Wu says:

    I am almost cry….. really…. fish sauce? This is the most delicious dish in the world and you just have to make it into Thai style?

  55. Serli Dina indriani says:

    I love malasian i from indonesian

  56. Danny Fenty says:

    I love this recipe! Such tasty and beautiful dish from Indonesia 🇮🇩

  57. Catch a Dillo says:

    Add salt when rendang about done.

  58. The Last Neanderthal says:

    This sounds deliciously spicy. For sure I will try this recipe.

  59. G84090065 PokRonMiJon says:

    I love the way u explain the recipe.
    1 of my customers asking me to cook rendang, everyone use instant ingredients, but i dont really like it, last time i cook with it, its too salty.
    I hope if i following ur recipe, it will be very tasty
    Thanks for sharing.

  60. Francis Lim says:

    I wonder who is going to be the luckiest man to have Pai as his wife?And to have a mum who can really cook these days.

  61. squange20 says:

    I tried this recipe, and for the amount of meat used I thought the amount of spices were too much. I’ll have to find another recipe.

  62. Somebody Mee says:

    How long does this cook for? Because I’m just wondering if there is any nutrient left after cooking for so long. You don’t just want just the taste but also the nutrients.

  63. Fajar Setiawan says:

    This is a legit recipe of Beef Rendang. You're a genius, Pai.

  64. cinta Wulandari says:


  65. Dr. Guy Madison says:

    I wonder if you cooked it for 15 minutes in a pressure cooker and then reduced the sauce a bit more if it would be the same.

  66. Axl Rose says:

    It's called riandang here in Philippines

  67. ddsgds3 says:

    I tried this recipe yesterday and it was GREAT!

  68. Pudekz51790 says:

    Do you have a sister that can also cook?😂 Woman who can cook is hard to find these days.

  69. Ryan says:

    I wonder if this would keep well cooked, vacuum sealed and then frozen?

  70. John Liesch says:

    This dish might be a good candidate for an instant pot version.

  71. Allkhanan Digital Media says:

    Google guided me here. After searching Worlds Most Favorite food. Thanks for the video but the hard part of this video is Coconut Milk.
    Thank You! Allkhanan From Afghanistan.

  72. Julien Prévost says:

    From trying to perfect this, I've learned that you can def. overcook stews. I'm sure this is not supposed to be 'dry', even though it's a 'dry curry'. I think I'm putting too much coconut milk at the start and by reducing it at the end, I end up overcooking the beef.

  73. Mawar Desa says:

    Hi Pai 🤗..i am from should try another rendang called Rendang Tok (Tok here means grandmother). . It's a specialty of the Perak region in Malaysia. It uses more spices. It is delicious.

  74. Dori Marlince says:

    Not Malaysia and Singapore… This original from Indonesia dear

  75. paul moktan says:

    hello maam
    if we don't have candlnut then what nuts we can put on Rendeng

  76. Liza Solleza says:

    How do we create this recipe With Chicken. I will be using Boneless Skinless Chicken Thigh, to create the dry creamy effect, that Rendang is world famous for. Thanks

  77. pearlgarden29 says:

    Thank you very much for preparing this possible thank you

  78. Kevster 100 says:

    Candlenuts !!!

  79. Nero Nero says:

    Pai, I love you, but its not what i want to ask, can you cook this in a crock pot and how to do that. Will you have some crockpot recipe?

  80. Zita Lorna says:

    I think the butchers are wise to the delights of chuck. It's no longer a cheap cut of meat! Much like oxtail – used to be a throwaway – now it's almost unaffordable!

  81. Youtube Celebrities says:

    one of Mranao (Muslim) traditional food

  82. Niko F. says:

    we have rendang in switzerland

  83. NeoBulRheGhi says:

    Looking so happy cooking. I want to make that dish.

  84. Rick Barlow says:

    She seems nice 😀

  85. Mike Aartje says:

    I am from Surinam ( South America ) but life in Holland/Netherlands over 23 years, I love this dish! But as u know it is made differntly every time

    ( sorry for my english ) Keep up the good work……

  86. 1911geek says:

    cooking talent plus a great smile pearly white teeth

  87. er Hussain says:

    Mouth watering 🇮🇳🤤

  88. micalob ultra says:

    great dish 🙂 my favorite. ty for the video! love it.

  89. Orion Ake says:

    It almost looks like steak pizziaiola. Which is delectable
    This also looks delectable. Like many cuisines, I've never had indonesian food, but I would like to try all of it but the shellfish based stuff. Luckily this is beef so I can have it

  90. Robert E says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. I just made my first beef rendang and it's delicious.

  91. sumosabs says:

    Pai can I cook this in a slow cooker

  92. joyce l says:

    Can you maybe put the ingredients in de description, it's a lot easier to see what i need instead of swipe the time everytime.

  93. ilegal senpai says:

    cyka blyat capitalisme. Rendang is from Soviet Russia

  94. YummYakitori says:

    The toasted coconut shreds are actually more commonly known as "serunding" in Indonesia (and also in Singapore where it has influenced the local vernacular) rather than "kerisik".

  95. Phoenix G says:

    That looks soo good

  96. Mr. Camel says:

    My friend's Thai ex-boyfriend added fish sauce to almost everything! Even saw him add fish sauce to his plate of spaghetti bolognese! 😂😂😂

    In terms of this recipe if you made it mild, people can add extra heat with sambal which is a chilli paste from that region that's usually served with this dish as a condiment.

  97. theheartofpaul says:

    It'll smell and taste better if you had chiffonade the kaffir lime leaves and also threw in some chiffonade of tumeric leaves. That's how we usually do it in Malaysia. Thanks for sharing this recipe with the world! We love you for it!

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  99. Michelle Henry says:

    If u add turmeric leaves it will be even more delish!!!! Love from Malaysia 😘

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