What is Rendang?
Considered the World’s Best food for 2011 and 2017 in CNN’s World’s 50 Best Foods list, rendang is a special Indonesian dish. Records suggest its appearance as early as the 8th century in Western Sumatra. While it resembles Indian curries, rendang is meant to showcase three values of the Minang people with whom this dish originated: patience, wisdom, and persistence.
Rendang starts with spices and oil that must be heated to just the right temperature to bring them together. After the spices reach their peak, the rest of the ingredients, traditionally coconut milk, meat, and herbs are added. This is when the real challenge begins. Rendang must cook for hours to get its rich flavor and depth of color. Constant monitoring is needed to ensure it cooks slowly enough to reach the best texture and flavor without burning. This time consuming process is not realistic for most home cooks. As a result, many people only get to enjoy it on special occasions.
Crafted in small batches, we use only the freshest ingredients. Our vegan rendang elevates this ancient dish, making it not only delicious, but also wholesome and nourishing. Jackfruit, tempeh, and mushrooms take the place of the meat, absorbing the spices and showcasing herbs and spices such as the slow simmered ginger, lemongrass, and garlic. Our rendang is vegan, gluten-free, and contains no MSG or preservatives. It is a dish you can share with your loved ones, knowing you are giving them the best possible home-cooked meal.