Authentic Indonesian Beef Rendang Recipe (Mum’s Recipe)

Preparation : 20 Minutes

Cooking : 3 hours at least

Serves : 6-8 portions

Episode : 29 (Video recipe is hereΒ )

Hi guys,

I hope you all have a great day! People have been asking my beef rendang recipe and since I have a little bit of free time, so I thought I just make it.

Beef Rendang originated from Minangkabau, Indonesia (on Sumatera Island) and has been spread to a lot of countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, and the Netherlands. Rendang is a spicy meat dish cooked in coconut milk a long with a lot of herbs and spices at least for 3 hours. Some even cook for 6-8 hours. The longer you cook it, the best the result is.

CNN has crowned Beef Rendang as the most delicious food in 2011 and 2017.

On this recipe, I am cooking my mum’s recipe (as usual) but this one is kid-friendly Rendang so it is NOT spicy at all. Regardless the spicy chillies, it tastes very authentic.

List of the ingredients:

1,5 kg (3 Lb 4 Oz) of Beef .

1000 ml (4 Cups) of Coconut Milk

1 large Onion, finely chopped.

5 Garlic Cloves.

2 Lemongrass Stalks, cut and pounded.

4 Kaffir Lime Leaves.

3 Tbsp of Cummin Seeds.

2 Tbsp of Coriander Seeds.

1 Tbsp of Fennel Seeds.

3 Tbsp of Smoked Paprika Powder.

1 Tbsp of Ginger Powder.

1 Tsp of Galangal Powder.

1 Tsp of Ground White Pepper.

4-5 Cardamon Pods.

A pinch of Nutmeg, grated.

Salt, to taste.

Some oil to fry.

P.S. My mum always uses turmeric leaves in her rendang, but there is no way to find turmeric leaves in Munich unless you grow them by yourselves.

How to cook Beef Rendang:

  1. Cut the beef into small pieces (2-3 cm/ 1 inch big) and set aside.
  2. Roast all the seeds and pods (cummin seeds, coriander seeds, fennel seeds and cardamon pods) at medium heat for about 3-4 minutes or until you can smell the fragrance.
  3. Grind all the seeds, cardamon pods and salt (1 Tsp) until fine like powder.
  4. Put the garlic cloves inside and grind too.
  5. Toss the lemongrass stalks and pound lightly.
  6. If you don’t have a pestle or you don’t want to grind. You can also use a mixer. Don’t put the lemongrass stalks in the mixer tho.
  7. Turn your stove into medium to high heat. Into your pot, put some oil and fry the chopped onion until translucent. Add in the ground spices and fry for a minute or so.
  8. Add in the beef and cook for about 3-5 minutes. Mix in all the powder spices with the meat well.
  9. Pour in the coconut milk and toss in the kaffir lime leaves.
  10. Cook at medium heat and you have to still it occasionally. Don’t let the coconut milk break or curdle.
  11. Cook for at least 3 hours and turn the heat lower if you see the coconut milk turns Β thicker.
  12. Serve with some Pandan or Jasmine rice and of course for the adults, serve it with Indonesian sambal (spicy sauce). Enjoy! Christina xoxo

 

Video recipe, click the image below:

 

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Preparation : 15 Minutes

Cooking : 20-25 Minutes

Serves : 4 portions

Episode : (no video availble yet)

Hainanese Chicken Rice is very popular in Singapore. You can’t go to this country without trying this dish. It’s so popular that is considering as one of the national dishes in Singapore. In other countries like Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia you can find it in big cities. I think in south east asian style is more interesting because we like to put some other herbs that normally aren’t use in China.

I have made Hainanese Chicken Rice countless time and I really like this recipe and it’s super easy. Β If you have chicken soup/stock on hand, it takes only 15-20 minutes. If you have a ricecooker, it’s even easier.

List of the ingredients:

2 Cups of good quality of Rice, I use Jasmine if you have Pandan rice would be better.

2-2.5 Cups of Chicken Stock (I made by myself, I will write for the next recipe and will link it too).

1/2 Tsp of Ginger Powder.

1/2 Tsp of Galangal Powder, if you can’t find it just skip it.

1/2 Tbsp of Chicken Bouillon.

1/2 Tbsp of Garlic Powder.

2 Lemongrass Stalks, cut into 5 cm long and pound with a pestle.

1 Pandan leave, if you can get it skip it.

Salt, to taste (I don’t put any).

P.S. My family and I don’t really consume a lot of sugar or salt. Most of my recipes have very little of salt. I don’t put salt here, neither in my soup nor in my rice. There is a little salt in the bouillon. You can put a little bit of salt, we just don’t need it.

How to cook the rice:

  1. Put your rice in a pot and clean it with water. Rub it with your hands. Make sure you clean the starch away. In Asian cooking, it is very important to wash the rice.
  2. Add in the chicken stock, ginger powder, galangal powder, chicken bouillon, garlic powder and stir well. If you want salt, you should add it in now and stir well too.
  3. Put in the pounded lemongrass stalks and pandan leave.
  4. Turn on stove heat into high.
  5. Cook until it boils and turn into low heat. You need the steam to cook the rice.
  6. I like to cook rice in low heat but in longer time. The rice is evenly cooked and it tastes better. I cook it about 20-25 minutes.
  7. Done! I serve it with the chicken from my chicken soup, some cucumbers and red bell pepper dices. Enjoy πŸ’“

Healthy Breakfast Bowl

Preparation : 10 Minutes

Making : less than 5 Minutes

Servings : Serves 1

Episode : – (no video available yet)

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I am totally into this healthy bowl, I just call it healthy because it is really healthy. You get most of protein, vitamins, fiber, good fats and less sugar. Healthy, isn’t it? I can eat this everyday and at anytime πŸ™‚

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Ingredients:

Skyr (Icelandic cheese, but tastes like thick yoghurt), fresh mango dices, strawberries, pomegranate seeds, walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and some strawberry jam.

You can always substitute those with what you have on hand.

P.S. I used lactose free Skyr because I am lactose intolerant πŸ˜₯

Instructions:Β 

Put some Skyr on your bowl, add some jam on top of it. And then add the fresh fruits then the nuts and seeds. Enjoy! I am sure you’ll love it!

 

 

 

Authentic Indonesian Fried Rice Noodles (Bihun Goreng)

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Preparation : 10-15 Minutes

Making : 20 Minutes

Servings : Serves 3-4 Portions

Episode : – (no video available yet)

It is really cold in Munich and my family and I just crave for comfort food. My husband had requested these delicious rice noodles for a long time and I just had some time to make his dream come true.

These rice noodles, you can serve either cold or warm depending on your mood and desire. Typical Indonesian fried noodles or fried rice is we like to cook them with sweet soy sauce. So you have this combination of sweet, salty, sour and slighty spicy mixed with fresh herbs. Fantastic! Magic in your mouth!

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Ingredients:

1 package of Rice Noodles (serves 3-4 portions), soak in hot water until softened.

2 Eggs

1 Red bell pepper, diced

1/2 Cup of Corn

1 Handfull of String beans, cut into small pieces

1/2 Onion, diced

2 Cloves of Garlic, minced

White sesame seeds, green onions, fried onions, cilantro (for garnishing)

Salt & Pepper, to taste

1-2 Tbsp of Soy sauce

1-1 1/2 Tbsp of Sweet soy sauce, depending how sweet and the quality of the sauce.

Some lemon juice

Oil

Instructions!

  1. Soak the rice noodles in hot water until completely softened, drained and keep them aside.
  2. Beat the eggs, add some salt and pepper. Make a simple omelette and cut in stripes. Keep aside.
  3. In your hot wok, put some oil and add the chopped onion, garlic.
  4. Add the beans, stirfry for 2-3 minutes and then put in the red bell pepper and corn.
  5. Throw in the rice noodles, along with some salt and pepper. Stir well.
  6. Add in the soy sauce and sweet soy sauce. Sweet soy sauce is the key into this yummy flavor. Make sure to get good quality of sweet soy sauce. Keep stirring and try if it is salty or sweet enough. Drizzle some lemon juice.
  7. To serve it, put some of the noodles on your plate. Add some egg stripes, garnish with some cilantro, green onions, fried onions, and white sesame seeds.
  8. Don’t forget to get some Riesling white wine. Heaven! Enjoy 😊

 

Avocado Almond Milk Shake (Vegan)

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Preparation : 5 Minutes

Making : 5 Minutes

Servings : Serves 2

Episode : –

Hi guys! Welcome back to my website again! Sorry for the very long break. My husband, Nick and I decided to take a long vacation in Italy. So, we were in Italy from the beginning of May until the end of June hehehe.

After coming back from Italy, there were always things going on and they just kept me busy. And I thought, before my German course starts again I should write something here.

So, currently I am obsessed with plant-based meal concept and have been cooking a lot of vegan meals. I thought to share some of them.

Here is how I start my day with Avocado Almond Milk Shake (vegan). Believe me, you’ll love it!

P.S. You can also mix with banana or some spinach. I’ve tried it and it was soooooooo good!

Ingredients:

2 Riped Avocados

350-400ml of Almond Milk (you can also sub with wheat milk, tastes really yummy too)

2 Spoonfuls of Chia Seeds

Instructions:

Cut the avocados and put them in the blender, and pour the almond milk in it. Blend!

I don’t really like sweet shake, if you do, you can add some palm sugar syrup or other syrup.

Pour the shake in your glass and add some chia seeds.

Enjoy!

 

 

My Mum’s Authentic Asian Mango Salad

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Preparation : 25 Minutes

Cooking : –

Servings : Serves 2-3 Portions

Episode : 27

Full video recipe is available on YouTube : Asian Mango Salad

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This plate shows how much I love my Mom

and mangos 😝😝😝.

Fresh, sour, sweet, spicy, shrimpy and tangy mango chunks with sprinkles of roasted pistachios. YUMMY πŸ˜‹! It’s mango season now, make sure to make it and eat this salad with rice or romaine lettuce, you’ll love it!

 

 

It’s mango season right now and I am making a lot of different dishes with mangos. My husband, me and Mack just love love mangos a lot! There’re always mangos in our kitchen.

In these pictures, you’ll see different cut of the mango than in the video. I just made so many times and upload only one video πŸ™‚

For this recipe, you’ll need:

1 Mango (green mango is better).

1 Tbsp of Shrimp Powder, optional.

1 Tbsp of Sugar.

1 Tbsp of Chilli Flakes (you can also use fresh chilli).

2 Tbsp of Fish Sauce.

Juice of half a lemon/lime.

Salt (I don’t really need it, we don’t eat very salty food). Try it before you put salt in your salad.

Some fresh coriander, finely chopped.

For the instructions, please check it out here:Β Asian Mango Salad

Enjoy!

Flourless (Gluten-free) Chocolate Brownies Recipe

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Video Recipe is here : Gluten-Free Brownies

Preparation : 10 Minutes

Baking Time : 50-60 Minutes

Servings : Serves 9

Episode : 09

This Flourless Glutenfree Chocolate Brownies are perfect for you who are on keto diet or who have gluten problems. You don’t need to worry, you will NOT taste the avocados at all in your brownies πŸ™‚

Ingredients:

2 ripe Avocados.

200 grams (7 oz) of Dark Chocolate, melted (you can use any kind of chocolate).

3 Eggs (medium size), at room temperatur.

180 ml (6 fl oz)of Condensed Milk.

30 grams (1/4 cup) of Cacao.

50 grams (3 1/2 Tbsp) of Unsalted Butter.

2 Tbsp of Yoghurt (I use Greek yoghurt moslty)

A pinch of Salt

The instructions are in this video: Gluten-Free Brownies

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Enjoy these gluten-free brownies! πŸ˜€