Indonesian Rendang and Ukrainian Cake

Indonesian Beef Rendang by @SpicieFoodie | #IndonesianFood #beef #meat #Rendang

Have you ever tried Indonesian food? It is amazing! If you love spicy, aromatic, fresh food then you’ll absolutely love this exotic cuisine. Today I am sharing one of our favorite Indonesian dishes, rendang. Rendang is a spicy meat dish made with coconut milk and an array of aromatic Asian spices. Rendang, or beef rendang, is one of the most well know dishes from Indonesia. Originally a dish made by the Minangkabau people, it is now also eaten in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, The Philippines, and southern Thailand.

Indonesian Rendang by @SpicieFoodie | #IndonesianFood #beef #meat #Rendang

Indonesian Rendang by @SpicieFoodie | #IndonesianFood #beef #meat #Rendang

This rendang was made with a special package that our Indonesian friend R. sent to me with her husband. She sent me an Indonesian care package consisting of 2 rendang, 2 nasi goreng spice mixes and a super yummy hot sauce. If that wasn’t enough J. brought me a cookbook from his last trip to Cambodian. I a very lucky girl to have such sweet, kind and thoughtful friends. The book is gorgeous and I can’t wait to cook from it and share it with you.

I saw that the cookbook and both of the spice mixes are available on Amazon, so you too can give them a try. These are the links Rendang, Nasi Goreng and Cambodian Cooking.

Indonesian Rendang by @SpicieFoodie | #IndonesianFood #beef #meat #Rendang

Upon opening the package I could smell the wonderful spices and chile that were used to make the mix — it made my mouth water. Typically rendang can take up to 4 hours to prepare but thanks to this little package dinner can be ready in about an hour. The instructions are included in the package and are pretty straightforward.

Indonesian Rendang by @SpicieFoodie | #IndonesianFood #beef #meat #Rendang

All I had to do was cut the beef into bite-size pieces, boil until tender, drain, then slow cook with the spice mix and a little water until the sauce thickened. I served it with steamed rice for a scrumptious meal.

Indonesian Rendang by @SpicieFoodie | #IndonesianFood #beef #meat #Rendang

As the meat simmered with the spices my mouth kept watering, I could smell cloves, lemongrass, chile, ginger and all sorts of incredible smells. The taste was just as amazing. It was quite spicy and the spices really came through. I can’t wait to cook the next package and hopefully one day my friend R. will teach me how to cook rendang from scratch.

Ukrainian Cake on @SpicieFoodie | #Ukrainian #cake #dessert

So if all the above gifts weren’t enough J. also brought us this gorgeous dessert, a Ukrainian cake made for two, which we enjoyed and helped to cool down our mouths after the rendang.

Ukrainian Cake on @SpicieFoodie | #Ukrainian #cake #dessert

I’m not sure what the cake is called but it was like a roulade cake. The outer wrapper was a thin layer of cake, in the center were two layers of airy vanilla cream or mousse that had pieces of bananas and strawberries. The cream was held inside by a thin layer of cake and the two layers of cream were separated by a very thin layer of cake. And the top was decorated with fresh pieces of strawberries, kumquats, karambola and lime slices.

Ukrainian Cake on @SpicieFoodie | #Ukrainian #cake #dessert

I’ve never had a cake like this before, and now it is one that I would love to eat over and over again. Does anyone know what this type of cake is called?


Thanks to our wonderful friends we enjoyed this incredible feast. The only thing that would have made it even better is if we had been able to sit down and enjoy it with them…soon.


Have a great weekend and I hope you share a meal with your close friends.



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  1. says

    You are so lucky indeed Nancy! =) How sweet of your friends for sending you these gifts. =)
    I have an Ukrainian friend here, I ll show her the pic if I get some time. She doesn’t know that much English but she ll be able to say what your wonderful cake is called.

  2. says

    Mmh,the beef looks irresistible with all these wonderful spices! I can nearly smell the aromas of cloves,coconut and chili.
    Great shots Nancy.

  3. says

    G’day Nancy and LOVE Rendang and your photo has me drooling for some right now, true!
    PERFECT weather for it now in the Land Down Under too!
    The cakes looks delightfully lovely,
    Perhaps it may be kievskiy? As there are many special and secret Ukrainian family recipes of this cake…
    Cheers! Joanne

  4. says

    I’m drooling over the rendang curry and then you pulled out the Ukrainian cake… what a way to finish the meal. :) I would have loved to eat this meal…. both dishes look spectacular. Hope you had a great weekend. :)

    • says

      It was a wonderful meal with a perfect sweet ending. You would love the rendang because it is so spicy and very flavorful. Thanks and hope you have a great week ahead!:)

  5. says

    I’ve never had this dish before but the meat looks so rich, juicy and flavorful. With the addition of coconut milk I can only imagine the flavor it has.

    As for this cake, it’s beautiful. Can’t you ask your friend the name of it? Now I’m curious. I may have to go try and locate this online to make. It looks so delicious. If you find out the name of the cake please let us know.

    By the way, the blue background is beautiful. What program are you using or is this just some sort of cloth?

  6. says

    I’ve never had rendang before, but your description (which has me drooling BTW) makes it sound like a Carne Adovado – meat simmering for hours in a spicy sauce. Thanks for listing the ingredients in the rendang spice because I had no idea. I definitely need to check it out on Amazon because I am a sucker for a spicy spice mix. Fabulous dish and as always- your pics make me want to grab a fork and start eating.

  7. says

    Wow…such beautiful food and pictures. I love beef with lot of spices… beef rendang is something i haven’t heard of but I am sure gonna love it. The cake look stunning… a work of art indeed

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