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Who does not know of rendang? Popular internationally, this Minangkabau cuisine has garnered its well-deserved fame since the 16th century. Most diners are used to ordering rendang as a side dish at nasi padang restaurants, but have you ever wondered how well rendang plays with international cuisines? If you’re looking to give rendang a culinary facelift, here are 4 creative ideas inspired by popular food from all over the world.

1. Rendang sushi

1. Rendang sushi

Bring together the tastes of Japan and Minangkabau with this innovative sushi fusion idea. Traditionally made with rolled rice and filled with seafood or vegetables, the sushi stuffing can easily be replaced with rendang. 

2. Rendang pizza

2. Rendang pizza

Delight your diners by offering an Italian-Indonesian fusion dish. All you have to do is spread spicy, delicious rendang on top of a thin and crispy pizza dough to make a rendang pizza. Great for sharing with larger groups, this satisfying meal will surely satisfy any hungry customer's appetite.

3. Rendang rice burger

3. Rendang rice burger

When we think of burgers, we think a meat patty between two bread buns. But what if we replace these ingredients with rice and rendang? Assemble your cooked rice in the shape of bread, then arrange your delicious rendang and vegetables in the centre. 

4. Rendang spring rolls

4. Rendang spring rolls

Put simply, this Chinese-Indo fusion idea can be made by wrapping up your spicy rendang with spring roll pastry, then frying it until golden brown. These fusion spring rolls are perfect for having at tea-time with a hot beverage. The crispy pastry and tender rendang filling will create an unforgettable textural experience on your customers’ palate.