MCO Recipe: Rendang, A Must Have Dish For Ramadan and Raya

Craving for rendang during Movement Control Order (MCO)? Hah... no problem, since DIY or cook from home is #TheNewNormal. Today sis would like to share a simple Rendang Recipe that you can try at home. As you know, each state in Malaysia has its specialty rendang from Perak’s Rendang Tok, Kelantan’s Kerutuk, Pahang’s Opor, to the deliciousness that is Rendang Ayam Johor. Every family has their secret rendang recipe.

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MCO Recipe: Rendang, A Must Have Dish For Ramadan and Raya

Rendang is a rich, highly spiced, slow-cooked coconut milk and meat dish with either thick gravy, or reduced to dry.  For many of us, it is the taste of home. How can you tackle the intricacies of rendang if you are a beginner? 

Well, there are four components to great rendang such as spices, paste, meat, and the creamy coconut milk base. To help you recreate the taste of home, and to start your own rendang tradition, Ayam Brand™ has developed a rendang recipe for the beginner that can be added to as your rendang-making magic increases. Make this recipe your own by playing with the spices, the paste mixture, your preferred meat (beef, chicken, duck, mutton) and always use the best coconut milk.

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Beef Rendang Cooked using Ayam Brand Coconut Milk and Santan Light
Naturally, we used Ayam Brand’s Coconut Milk for its fuss-free authenticity and creaminess.  It comes in three variants of Coconut Milk, Coconut Milk Trim (45% reduced in fat) and Coconut Milk Super Light (75% less fat than Ayam Brand Coconut Milk). You can find more Ramadan and Raya recipes from Ayam Brand™ at

Rendang Daging Recipe 
Cooking time: 2 hours
Serving: 8

3 cloves
3 star anise
3 cardamom pods
2 tamarind paste
5 kaffir lime leaves, very finely sliced
8 tablespoons kerisik (dry fried coconut flakes)
1 stick cinnamon
1 tablespoon palm sugar to taste 
salt to taste

Paste (blend well) 
2.5cm galangal, sliced
3 lemongrass stalks, white parts only, sliced
7 cloves garlic, sliced
6 shallots, sliced
2.5cm ginger, sliced
12 dried chilies, seeded and sliced

1kg beef, diced into cubes

Coconut Milk
1 litre Ayam Brand Coconut Milk of your choice

Oil for frying
1 cup water


1. Blend the paste ingredients

2. In a large wok or pot, heat some oil. Fry the spice paste, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, and the cardamoms until fragrant.

3. Add the beef, coating well with the paste and spice mixture until browned to seal in juices. 

4. Pour in the coconut milk and stir gently allowing it to come almost to a boil.

5. Reduce to medium heat. Add in the tamarind juice and water, stirring well so the meat doesn’t stick to the pan.

6. When the meat is halfway cooked, add in the kaffir lime leaves and palm sugar.

7. Pour in the kerisik, and season with salt. Stir well until meat is fully coated and covered with gravy.

8. Reduce heat to low. Cover with lid. Simmer for about an hour until the meat is tender or gravy has reduced to the desired consistency/dried up.

9. Serve immediately or let it cool before storing it.

What’s Your Rendang Secret

Be in the running for exciting prizes.  Make rendang using any Ayam Brand product. Post to your Instagram or Facebook account, tag @ayambrandmy on Instagram or @ayambrandmalaysia on Facebook while using the hashtag #beRAYAmbrand and let them know ‘What’s Your Rendang Secret’. Contest begins  April 5th and ends on June 14th with 16 weekly prizes and two grand prizes to be won! 

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