Candlenut is seldom available in neighbourhood stores or supermarkets, so there’s every excuse to buy the “pre-formulated” rendang seasoning. With this Indonesian brand from Indofood (readily available at Ang Mo Supermarket), preparing beef rendang is a breeze. All you need to do is to heat up a bit of the mix (liquid) with oil until aroma fills your kitchen, then add water and beef cubes. Be sure to add enough water because after boiling, you need to simmer for 1.5-2 hours! Yes, that’s how long rendang takes if you want the strands of beef to just pull off. Make sure you start off with a sufficient amount of water or remember to add more water was the mixture dries up. There is no salt or coconut milk required. It’s all in there already.