Indonesian Stewed Beef (Rendang)

Beef Rendang

Beef Rendang

Instead of searing the meat before cooking it in liquid, as is done with a Western-style braise, beef rendang reverses the process. Slowly simmering beef chuck with Indonesian spice paste, coconut milk, and lemongrass yields an amazingly tender, rich dish that's great with both white rice or crusty bread. Get the recipe for Beef Rendang »James Oseland

This luscious Indonesian dish, from a recipe in James Oseland's book Cradle of Flavor (W.W. Norton, 2006), is traditionally eaten with white rice, but it is also wonderful with crusty Italian bread. This recipe first appeared in our May 2013 issue with James Oseland's article Worth the Wait.