Rendang is an exceptionally flavoursome West Sumatran dry curry that’s cooked with an abundance of herbs and spices until it is fork-tender. Perhaps that’s why it comes as no surprise that rendang was voted by CNN International as the best cuisine in the world in 2011. Championing the rendang dish in your menu is always a good idea, and here are 4 brilliant ways you can cook and present this Indonesian favourite so that it becomes the best-selling dish in your restaurant.
1. Offer rendang as an appetiser
Present your rendang such that it can be eaten in a single bite. Suitable especially for small eaters and dieters, the smaller serving size will probably lessen the guilt of eating such a rich meal. It is also perfect for customers who are not in the mood for an entire meal, and just want something to munch on.
2. Introduce a low cholesterol option
Healthy eating is becoming an increasing concern for many diners. To appeal to this group of customers, substitute fatty meat with leaner cuts. You can also try braising the meat and spices, instead of frying them in oil, for a rendang dish that is significantly lower in fat content and cholesterol.
3. Present a beautiful garnish
It is often said that we eat with our eyes first, which is why plating is one of the most important stages in serving food. Spice up your presentation by garnishing your plate of rendang with fresh vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumber, coriander and even tiny chopped slices of chilli.
4. Propose a rendang fusion
Intrigue diners with a version of rendang that they’ve probably never had before. Some ideas for this include rendang burgers, rendang sushi, rendang pizza, rendang pasta, Chinese style rendang noodles, and just about anything else you can think of.