William Wongso shares his beef 'rendang' recipe

thejakartapost.com Dipublikasikan 06.54, 07/07 • The Jakarta Post
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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 


  • Blend red chili, shallots, garlic, candlenuts, galangal, cloves and turmeric into a paste.
  • Prepare saucepan, add coconut cream and spice paste and mix well, bring to the boil.
  • Add diced beef, mix well.
  • 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.
  • Continue stirring on a low heat until the sauce color changes to dark brown and caramelizes and the meat is tender.
  • Serve with steamed rice.
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