rendang daging basahRendang Daging or Beef Rendang

Traditional Delicacy

Rendang is one delicious dish that you can never ever miss during festivals and traditional weddings of the Malays, not only in Pahang but also in Malaysia.

rendang dagingrendang daging

It is one traditional dish or cuisine that can be prepared with beef, mutton, lamb or chicken, and normally eaten with rice ("nasi" in Malay), the staple food of the Malays.

During Aidil Fitri and Aidil Adha celebrations, this delightful cuisine is normally eaten with the ketupat and nasi himpit. 

picture of pulut kuningpulut kuning -glutinous rice

Of course it is a very nice complement to any pulut dish like pulut kuning or the ketupat pulut. ("Pulut" is glutinous rice"). 

In fact it can be eaten with any other food like rice, wheat or barley bread (wholemeal or fine) or pancakes like roti canai, capati and murtabak, or just eaten as is.

However, to the Malays, rendang is normally taken with plain white rice, during meals for lunch or dinner.

photo of ketupat pulutketupat pulut

During festivals and important functions like weddings, however, the dish is taken with the usual variations of the rice dish, like nasi minyak, nasi kuning, nasi tomato or nasi beriyani.

Perhaps this traditional Malay dish is delicious to Malays because of the "hot" or spicy taste, complementing the plain taste of rice.

It is a dish like the opor daging except that it is not as dark in color and it tastes less soury.

Well, here’s one recipe – there are many other variations of this delicious dish – known as the "Rendang Asli" that is usually prepared using beef or mutton for festive and other public occasions.

The ingredients are cooked in a "kuali" or wok as they need to be constantly stirred or turned over to ensure they are nicely and evenly cooked.

photo of rendang being cooked in the kuali (wok)rendang being cooked in the kuali (wok)
beef rendang dish of Pahangbeef rendang dish


  • 1 kg beef or mutton – cut to 0.5cm thick
  • 3 coconuts, grated (set 2 cups aside for frying until golden brown, and blended or pound them finely)
  • 1 teaspoonful cumin seed powder
  • 1 teaspoonful black pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoonful anise seed powder
  • 40 pieces dry chillies, to first soak in warm water and then blended with 1 cup water until fine
  • 300 gm Bombay onions } Blend with 1 cup of
  • 100 gm young galangal root } water until smooth
  • 2 pieces dried tamarind slices
  • 2 sprigs turmeric leaves
  • 2 sprigs lemongrass
  • 2 sprig kaffirlime leaves
  • 2 tablespoonful brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoonful salt


  1. Cut meat into small cubes or squares of about 0.5 cm thick.
  2. Squeeze remaining grated coconut with 8 cups of water to obtain the coconut milk.
  3. Boil coconut milk, blended ingredients and powdered spices. Add in meat, lemongrass, tamarind slices, turmeric leaves and kaffirlime leaves.
  4. Cook until the meat is tender. Add the pounded coconut, brown sugar and salt.
  5. Stir dish until gravy thickens. Add salt and sugar to taste.
  6. Serves best when it’s warm.


photo of rendang dagingrendang daging

As mentioned above, this traditional dish of the Malays is rather "hot" or "spicy" to unfamiliar tongues, but is certainly delicious, especially when it is served with plain white rice or its variations.

As a breakfast meal, it is usually eaten with the nasi lemak, or the roti canai and pancakes.

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Well the above is one variation of the rendang, a traditional dish of the Malays in Pahang and Malaysia, and perhaps a cuisine no visitor to Malaysia should miss. 


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