Explore the Rich Flavour of Beef Rendang in Singapore

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Singapore, known for its vibrant culture and mouth-watering delicacies, is a foodie's paradise. One of the most popular dishes among locals and tourists alike is the Beef Rendang. This traditional Indonesian dish has become a staple in Singapore's culinary scene, with many restaurants and food stalls offering their own unique take on this classic dish. If you're a food lover, then you must try this delectable dish that's bursting with flavour.

Beef Rendang is a traditional Indonesian dish that originated from the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra. It was traditionally served during festive occasions, such as weddings and religious ceremonies. It's a slow-cooked dish that's made with beef, coconut milk, and a blend of spices, including ginger, galangal, lemongrass, and turmeric. The dish is cooked until the beef is tender and the sauce has thickened, creating a rich, flavourful dish that's perfect with a bowl of steaming hot rice.

In Singapore, Beef Rendang has become a popular dish in many local restaurants and hawker centers. Each eatery has its own unique take on the dish, with some focusing on the spice level, while others experimenting with different meat cuts. For instance, some restaurants serve a spicier version of the dish by adding more chili, while others use beef ribs instead of beef cubes for a meatier flavour.

If you're looking for the best Beef Rendang in Singapore, look no further than the famous hawker center, Newton Food Centre. Here, you'll find a handful of stalls serving up some of the most delicious Beef Rendang in the city. This is what I ate today at Biopolis Matrix Made with tender beef and a blend of aromatic spices, this dish is sure to satisfy your cravings for authentic Singaporean cuisine. I love the Papadum, it is a thin, crispy Indian flatbread typically served as an appetizer or snack. It's made from a dough of lentil flour, salt, and spices, which is rolled out into thin circles and then fried or baked. Papadum is often served with chutney or a yogurt-based dip.

Beef Rendang is a dish that's deeply rooted in Indonesian culture, but it has also become an integral part of Singapore's culinary identity. It's a dish that's bursting with flavour and is a must-try for anyone visiting Singapore. So, the next time you're in the city, make sure to try out some of the best Rendang that Singapore has to offer. Your taste buds will thank you for it.

Beef Rendang Recipe


  • 2 lbs beef chuck, cut into 1.5-inch cubes
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, smashed
  • 6 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 turmeric leaf (optional)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 2 tbsp palm sugar
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, for frying

Spice paste

  • 10 dried red chillies, soaked in hot water
  • 10 shallots
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 3 stalks lemongrass, sliced
  • 2 inches ginger, sliced
  • 2 inches galangal, sliced
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder


  1. Heat oil in a large pot and fry the spice paste until fragrant.
  2. Add the beef and cook until browned.
  3. Add the lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, turmeric leaf (if using), and water. Bring to a boil.
  4. Lower the heat and simmer until the beef is tender, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add the coconut milk, tamarind paste, palm sugar, and salt. Simmer until the sauce has thickened and the beef is very tender, about 2-3 hours.
  6. Serve hot with steamed rice.

Enjoy the rich and delicious flavours of Beef Rendang with this traditional Indonesian recipe.

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