Monday, August 30, 2010

Nasi Lemak with Beef Rendang

Tomorrow Malaysia turns 53! To celebrate this big day I cook the most popular food in Malaysia for my family ~ Nasi Lemak.
I love nasi lemak kukus go with sambal ikan bilis. But my son and husband enjoy nasi lemak with beef rendang. Beef rendang pairs well with lemang but i have to admit that it goes well with nasi kukus too. Since this is to celebrate our Merdeka Day i will certainly please everyone with their very own taste. I took the whole morning to prepare this meal. But it worth the efford as we all enjoy it so much.
Now wake up Malaysian! Let us sing the chorus together, the song composed by Melissa Indot; I Am Malaysia
Let me hear you say
Raise your hands and praise it
Proud Malaysians today
We'll be strong forever
If we stand together
Keep the faith at home always

  • 5 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 1 lemongrass (cut into 4-inch length and pounded)
  • 1 cup thick coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 kaffir lime leaves (very finely sliced)
  • 4 tablespoons kerisik (toasted coconut)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Chili Paste:
  • 15 shallots
  • 2 inch galangal
  • 2 inch ginger
  • 2 inch turmeric
  • 3 lemongrass (white part only)
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 15 dried chilies (soaked in warm water till soft)
  • 10 red chilies
  • 3tbsp oil
  1. Put all chili paste ingredients and then blend it in a food processor until fine.
  2. Heat 2tbsp of oil in a pot, add the blended paste, cloves and cardamom and stir-fry them until aromatic.
  3. Add the beef and the pounded lemongrass and stir for 1 minute.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of coconut milk and water, simmer on medium heat, stirring frequently until the meat is almost cooked.
  5. Add the kaffir lime leaves, stirring to blend well with the meat.
  6. Lower the heat, cover the lid and simmer for 1 hour add in the balance of coconut milk and kerisik (toasted coconut), sugar and salt.
  7. continue simmering for another 15 minutes or until the meat is really tender and the gravy has dried up.
  1. to cook nasi lemak kukus you can refers here.
  2. to prepare kerisik or toasted coconut, just add the grated coconut to a dry wok and stir continuosly until they turn golden brown.


  1. Happy 53rd Birthday Malaysia!!

    Beef rendang is one of my favorite dish but I never cook beef rendang before. Your recipe comes at the right time. ;DD

    sorry Jane, some typing mistakes and I've deleted the previous comment.

  2. I like beef rendang. Sometimes I eat it with bread. I like visiting your blog. But unfortunately I can't read chinese and i'm too lazy to go to google to translate. Hope to see more posts in english?

  3. Nasi Lemak is in my this week list. Yes should try beef rendang this time. Happy Merdeka !!!

  4. cooked something really represent our country. This is my favorite food~~

  5. beef rendang is the best food ever! i'm going to ask my mum to make this version next time :D

  6. Hi Jane,
    This is looking good and yummy!! May I know how many gram of beef for the above ingredients ?

    1. Oh Dear! I forgot the beef. haha... thanks for asking this. Normally i will just put in 800g -1kg of beef.

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