Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Padang Style Chicken Rendang

If you wonder what Padang mean, it is capital city of West Sumatra, Indonesia, which is very famous with their delicious cuisine. Rendang is the most famous one. If u ever went to Jakarta, you'll find Padang Restaurant almost in every corner of street, with their glass window stacked up with food.
Rendang is basically meat cooked in thick, creamy coconut milk and spices. There are two kind of rendang, one is made from beef and the other from chicken. The spices used in both dishes also different, so beef and chicken rendang has a different flavor.

600 g boneless chicken thigh, cubed
1 large potato, cubed
4 cups thick coconut milk
1 stalk lemon grass, bruised
2 bay leaves
2 lime leaves

Spice to grind:
8 red chili
5 cloves shallot
3 cloves garlic
4 candle nut
1/2 inch ginger
1 tsp galangal powder
1 tsp turmeric powder

-Heat 2 tbsp cooking oil in a wok, add all the ingredients except chicken, potato and coconut milk.
Stir for 2 minutes, add chicken and stir again till chicken no longer pink. Add potato and coconut milk and taste with salt. Simmer for 30 minutes until chicken tender. Serve over warm white rice.

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