Monday, February 26, 2024

Conventional nasi rendang cooked in bamboo utilizing household recipe

Ahh, Chinatown… This place is oknown for being a vacationer scorching spot, the epicentre of Singapore’s wealthy Chinese language historical past (in spite of everything, it’s the website of Singapore’s oldest Chinese language temple), having greater than 200 Chinese language hawkers in Chinatown Complicated, and extra not too long ago, Bamboo Nasi Rendang.

No, this isn’t an out-of-date Nationwide Day-themed menu. Rendang, or extra particularly bamboo nasi rendang, has been making waves in Chinatown for its modern use of the bamboo to reinforce the flavours of the nasi rendang.

Bamboo Nasi Rendang - Bamboo Nasi Rendang Exterior shot

Bamboo Nasi Rendang is positioned in Chinatown Complicated Meals Centre and is run by Mr Murset and his spouse. Regardless of beginning out fairly not too long ago on 28 Aug 2021, Bamboo Nasi Rendang gained recognition from the general public attributable to its distinctive cooking methodology.

Mr Murset cooks his rendang and rice in a chunk of bamboo. Earlier than inserting the dish within the bamboo, he locations daun lerek (phrynium pubinerve) into the bamboo first, which helps to provide the rice a particular aroma. It’s then steamed for 3 hours earlier than being served. 

It’s open from 11.30am to 8pm every day. Nevertheless, the bamboo-cooked objects on the menu are restricted, which is why Mr Murset recommends coming earlier to keep away from disappointment.

Bamboo Nasi Rendang - prepping of Bamboo Nasi Rendang

This recipe was taught to him by his late mother-in-law, and he sought to share this distinctive dish with others. Although he talked about it to be a Hari Raya dish, I’ve personally by no means heard of such a dish and cooking methodology regardless of my twenty third time celebrating it.

Bamboo Nasi Rendang - menu

Each Outram Park and Chinatown MRT stations are a stroll away from reaching Chinatown Complicated Meals Centre. I strongly encourage taking note of the stall’s unit quantity (#02-154) because the meals centre is its personal labyrinth. I handed by the identical mee pok noodle uncle thrice earlier than discovering it positioned alongside the perimeter of the hawker centre.

What I attempted at Bamboo Nasi Rendang

Bamboo Nasi Rendang - Bamboo Nasi Rendang with Rendang chicken

I had the Nasi Rendang Daging with Bamboo (S$7) and a facet of Ayam Rendang (S$4). 

A Malay staple, Basmati Rice Nasi Lemak, can also be out there with Ikan (fish) or Ayam (rooster) for S$5. Bamboo Nasi Rendang additionally sells traditionally-made Lemang (S$10) for an entire tube. It was cooked equally to its rice and rendang counterpart. 

Bamboo Nasi Rendang - Bamboo Nasi beef Rendang close upAfter rigorously unwrapping the leaf of the Nasi Rendang Daging, it all of the sudden occurred to me how a lot it seemed like a large coke gummy – I actually haven’t had any rice dish wanting like this earlier than! I additionally seen that they used basmati rice, which was a pleasant contact. Regardless of how odd it seemed, my first chew was a well-known one. I understood what Mr Murset meant when he mentioned “particular aroma”, because it wasn’t overseas to me. 

Bamboo Nasi Rendang - close up of rice

In the event you’ve ever had conventional steamed Javanese or Malay kuehs, just like the Nagasari and Koci (that are wrapped in banana leaves and steamed), you might be most likely conscious of that distinct leaf-like style current in each. The rice had hints of that style and was cooked completely.

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Bamboo Nasi Rendang - Bamboo Nasi Beef Rendang close up

Bamboo Nasi Rendang - Bamboo Nasi Beef Rendang close up

Sadly, the identical couldn’t be mentioned for the meat rendang. Firstly, I used to be disillusioned with the quantity of beef that I bought— I counted a complete of a dice and a half of beef. Regardless of it being straightforward to chop via utilizing my plastic utensils, chewing it was a unique story. It additionally didn’t assist that the flavour of the rendang was muted; the coconut and spice flavours that I anticipated had been however a hypothesis. Perhaps having much less is extra.

Bamboo Nasi Rendang - close up of curryThe accompanying curry-like sauce would have helped since there was little to no gravy with the meat rendang, nevertheless it tasted barely off with an unnatural sourness after just a few spoonfuls. 

Bamboo Nasi Rendang - Chicken Rendang

I went onto my subsequent dish pessimistically, however was pleasantly stunned by the gravy, which was miles aside from what I had earlier. Now, this is rendang. In reality, it boggles my thoughts to suppose they got here from the identical kitchen. The lemak (fatty) from the coconut milk was effectively and alive on this one. Right here’s the perfect half: it wasn’t spicy in any respect, and I might clearly style the cloves and star anise that had been used.

Bamboo Nasi Rendang - Chicken Rendang slice

The rooster meat was sliding off the bone with only a slight nudge from my flimsy plastic spoon. The mak cik (auntie) was even type sufficient to provide me two items of drumstick as she felt the one I had was too small. The accompanying gravy was additionally the explanation I might end my meal. That is actually a story of two dishes. 

In the event you had been to ask me, my speculation could be that the dearth of temperature management that occurs throughout steaming brought on the meat rendang to be overcooked, and the 2 glistening rooster drumstick bones on my plate had been the one proof I wanted as proof.

Closing ideas

Bamboo Nasi Rendang - Finished Bamboo Nasi Beef Rendang & Chicken Rendang

If by any cause I’m in Chinatown, I’ll undoubtedly head to Bamboo Nasi Rendang for my meal, although extra for its tasty and reasonably priced rendang reasonably than its cooking fashion. The additional aroma didn’t do an excessive amount of for me and doubtless was detrimental to the meat.

I do should reward Mr Murset for sharing a chunk of Malay tradition that has eluded even myself in a spot the place you count on carrot truffles and duck rice to be prevalent. I might undoubtedly advocate my friends to at the very least give Bamboo Nasi Rendang a strive for tradition’s sake. Me? I’ll simply have mine cooked in a pot.

Anticipated harm: S$5 – S$7 per pax

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Value: $

Our Score: 3.5 / 5

Bamboo Nasi Rendang

335 Smith Road, Chinatown Complicated Meals Centre, #02-154, Singapore 050335


Our Score 3.5/5

Bamboo Nasi Rendang

335 Smith Road, Chinatown Complicated Meals Centre, #02-154, Singapore 050335

Phone: +65 9898 2001

Working Hours: 11:30am – 7pm (Solar to Fri), 11am – 7pm (Sat)

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