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William Wongso shares his beef 'rendang' recipe

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Jakarta  /  Tue, July 7, 2020  /  03:06 pm
William Wongso shares his beef 'rendang' recipe

Illustration of "rendang Padang". (Shutterstock/ismed_photography_SS)

Cooking alongside Gordon Ramsay as his mentor in the West Sumatra episode of the second season of Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted was Indonesia's own culinary expert, 73-year-old William Wongso. 

After previously sharing Ramsay's rendang (meat slow-cooked in coconut milk and spices) recipe, here is the rendang recipe used by William during the show:

Rendang Padang

Serve: 16 to 18 pieces


  • 1 kg topside beef (diced into 4 x 4 cm cubes)
  • 1.5 liter coconut milk or coconut cream
  • 2 g tamarind
  • 30 g lemongrass
  • 1 turmeric leaf
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves
  • salt to taste 

Chili paste:

  • 150 g red chili
  • 40 g shallots
  • 40 g garlic
  • 30 g candlenuts
  • 1 g cloves
  • 60 g galangal 


  1. Blend red chili, shallots, garlic, candlenuts, galangal, cloves and turmeric into a paste.
  2. Prepare saucepan, add coconut cream and spice paste and mix well, bring to the boil.
  3. Add diced beef, mix well.
  4. Add kaffir lime leaves, tamarind and lemongrass and keep stirring until the color of the sauce changes to golden brown and the oil comes out from the coconut milk.
  5. Continue stirring on a low heat until the sauce color changes to dark brown and caramelizes and the meat is tender.
  6. Serve with steamed rice.

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