Recipes: Quick and Easy Beef Rendang

I don’t usually fancy spicy food but there is one concession I will make and that is Beef Rendang. I love it so much, I’ll bear the heat just for a taste of it.

When it comes to food, what we think tastes good is usually the one that most resembles our mother’s cooking. So when I was trying to figure out how to make a mean beef rendang (in the easiest way possible, of course), my aim was to make it taste as close as possible to the Rendang my mother used to make.

And I think I’ve got it figured out…


The base sauce is Brahim’s Rendang Kuah but on its own, following the directions on the packet, it doesn’t really taste quite right. With a bit of tinkering here and there, this is what worked for us…


  • 1 pkt Brahim’s Rendang Kuah
  • 500g beef, cubed
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • 2 tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Mix the sauce with the coconut milk in a pot until the result is uniform
  • Add beef and tomatoes.
  • Bring to the boil on the stove and lower to a simmer. Continue until the sauce thickens on reduction.
  • Pour contents into a slow cooker and leave on low heat until the beef has softened.

I know that tomatoes are a funny ingredient to add to Rendang but it really does the trick. By the time your sauce is done, it should have disintegrated completely so you really don’t notice it.

I wasn’t going to post a picture of it since Rendang being Rendang, there’s really not a whole lot to see. But if you really must know what it looks like, here is a really crappy photo that we got…

Beef Rendang

See? Not much to look at, right? I promise it tastes a lot better than it looks.

About the author

Dr Shen-Li Lee Dr Shen-Li Lee is a freelance writer and mum to two boys who have been the inspiration for her ongoing study in child development and education. She searches for the balance in child development methods and educational philosophies that will encourage the nurture of happy, confident and successful children. She shares her views and findings at Figur8.


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