Beef Rendang Dendeng

When Hari Raya or Eid'l Fitri comes, we will not miss this delicious beef rendang that is mouthwatering. This dish will be on the table together with chicken rendang, lemang and ketupat, and of course other sweet delicacies and countless savory dishes. This task is always carried by my mother. Her beef dendeng is famous among family and relatives. But, this recipe is my own version of beef dendeng which uses fresh chillies instead of dried chillies that my mother used to make. She also cuts her beef a bit thicker and pound them one by one, but mine is sliced thinly so that they will become crisp when frying. Anyway, the taste is as good as my mom's version. Do try!

500gm beef, sliced very thinly ( I mean very)
3 garlic, pounded
2-3 big onions, pounded
10 fresh red chillies, pounded
1 table spoon coriander powder
1 tea spoon coriander seeds (ketumbar)
2 table spoon tamarind juice
1 table spoon sugar, or to taste
salt, to taste
Oil, for cooking

1. Wash the beef and sliced them very,very thinly. Marinade with coriander powder, salt and sugar. Leave for half an hour before frying.

2. In a heated pan, pour some oil and fry the marinated beef until crispy. Take them out and put in a plate.

3. In another clean pan, pour some oil and put in the pounded garlic, onions and fresh chillies and stir for a while. Add sugar, tamarind juice and coriander seeds and cook until the mixture becomes aromatic.

4. Cook the mixture until dry. When all the ingredients are well mixed and dry, add salt and pour in the fried beef. Mix all ingredients well.

5. After the beef is well coated with the ingredients, take them out and serve in a serving plate.

6. Best taken with rice, lemang or ketupat.

serves 2-4 people


Watch Jennie Cook prepares the easiest Nasi Lemak!

Watch Jennie Cook demonstrates how to cook nasi lemak and asam prawn in this video! There are a few ways of how to cook nasi lemak and this is the simplest way that you can get!


Fried Fish Fillet

Malaysians prefer to fry their fish as a whole. But occasionally, I would fry some fish fillet as an alternative to give some varieties in daily meals. This is a very simple fried fish fillet that you can do at home in a matter of minutes. You can use it as a sandwich filling or on its own. Some dollops of mayonnaise or chili sauce will make it even better! Do try!


6-8 fish fillets ( any fish)
salt, to taste
pepper,to taste
a pinch of paprika
1 tea spoon turmeric powder
flour, for coating
3 eggs, for coating (beaten well)
oil, for frying
lemon juice from one lemon (optional)


1. After you have cleaned your fish fillet, coat them with some salt, pepper, paprika and turmeric powder.

2. Coat each fillet with flour and coat it with the beaten eggs, and with the flour again. Do the same process with the rest of the fillets.

3. In a heated frying pan, pour some oil for frying. Add the fillet and fry until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes on each side.

4. Serve them with some mayonnaise, chilli sauce and some fresh vegetables like sliced cucumber, tomato and carrots. Squeeze some lemon juice for an extra zest.

serves 2-3 people


Fried Okra with Chilies (Bendi Goreng Bercili)

Okra or ladies' fingers are famous among the Indians and also Malays. They are also eaten in a certain quantity to fix constipation problems. Some may prefer to just boil the okra and eat them with some sambal belacan which in itself is a delicacy. But this dish is cooked with some fresh red chilies and some shrimp paste (belacan) and very best eaten with rice. Do try!

10 okra/ladies' fingers (sliced thinly)
2 garlic, pounded
1 big onion, pounded
5 fresh red chillies, pounded
1 inch shrimp paste,pounded
200gm fresh shrimp (optional)
a pinch of sugar
1 lime juice
salt, to taste
oil, for cooking


1. In a heated pan, pour some oil. When the oil is hot, put all the pounded ingredients. Stir for a minute.

2. Put in the fresh shrimps and stir until tender. Then add the sugar and lime juice.

3. Add the okra and some salt and cook until tender.

serves 2-4 people


Pancake with Apple and Cinnamon Sauce

This morning I woke up with a craving for sweet breakfast. I normally would not prefer anything too sweet, but I guess there is no harm to whip up this kind of dish once in a while! So, I went to the kitchen and bulldozed the pantry looking for things that I can cook for breakfast. There were some apples in the fridge, and some flour in hand, so I guess I would make a simple pancake with some apple sauce! Do try!


For Pancakes

200gm flour
1 egg
100ml fresh milk
1 table spoon sugar
water, enough to make a thin batter

* Mix all ingredients and make a thin batter

For Apple Sauce
1 Granny Smith apple, cubed
1 Macintosh apple, cubed
( you can actually use any apple available to you, in my case these two)
1 tea spoon honey
3 table spoon brown sugar
1 table spoon coarse sugar
1 tea spoon cinnamon powder
1 tea spoon nutmeg powder
1 table spoon margarine or butter


1. First, make your pancake. Apply a very thin batter in a non-stick frying pan that has been coated with some margarine or butter. Cook briefly and flip the sides and fold it into a triangle shape. When it's done, put in a plate.

2. In a pan, put the margarine or butter. Add the apples which have been cubed and cook for about a minute. Add a little bit of water if it becomes too dry. Stir for a while until the apples are quarter cooked.

3. Then add brown and coarse sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon powder and cook until the sauce thickens. Then add the honey.

4. Put the apple sauce on top of the pancake, and drizzle some honey for an extra zest!

serves 2-3 people