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A CNN Poll named Beef Rendang the Most Delicious Food in the World and it's not hard to see why. Tender beef is slow simmered with lemongrass, ginger, spices, and coconut milk until it reduces to a thick and intense coating. Vijay, Recipe Hunter

Vijay Nathan, NoshOnIt Recipe Hunter and Chef


Beef Rendang

The most delicious food in the world

In a 2011 CNN Poll, Beef Rendang was voted by readers to be the Most Delicious Food in the World so we absolutely had to seek out a recipe to recreate this Indonesian specialty at home. Lucky for us, blogger extraordinaire Marc Matsumoto of No Recipes breaks down this complex, intensely-flavored dish into easy-to-follow steps. A homemade spice paste is stir-fried until fragrant and then used as a base to braise tender beef shank with lemongrass, kaffir lime, galangal, and coconut milk. The secret to making authentic beef rendang is in the technique – the beef is braised for several hours until the sauce is fully evaporated. Then, you crank the heat to “fry” the sauce with the beef until thick, coated, and intensely flavored. And, it’s best to let it sit overnight to let the flavors meld.  So is it the Most Delicious Food in the World? Give it a shot and let us know!


Marc Matsumoto

Food Photographer, Recipe Developer

No Recipes

Chef Marc Matsumoto

For me, food is about discovery and exploration. With a little technique, confidence and inspiration, everyone can learn to cook without recipes. That's why I focus on teaching technique, with the hope of inspiring others to find their own culinary adventures

When we started NoshOn.It, we knew that Marc, a transplant from the U.S. to Tokyo, had to be one of our first featured chefs because his mission and philosophy are so closely aligned with ours. As you’ll see from today’s recipe, Marc believes that “with a little technique, confidence, and inspiration, everyone can learn to cook without recipes.” And we feel exactly the same way! After reading Marc’s blog for a while, you’ll pick up invaluable techniques all while producing delicious meals along the way. And, you’ll be hard pressed to find more beautiful pictures of food out there.  Food porn at its best, friends.  ’Nuff said.

Make sure to say hello to Marc on his blog, on Twitter, and on Facebook.


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