What To Serve With Beef Rendang: 10 Best Sides

October 4, 2021
what to serve with beef rendang

Are you planning a Malaysian meal, but aren’t sure what to serve with beef rendang? 

This rich and tender coconut beef stew is indulgent and takes time and care to make, so you’ll want to make sure that you’ve done your planning in advance and have put together some beautiful side dishes. 

From rice dishes to authentic Malaysian accompaniments that you may not have come across before, there’s no shortage of options for making this meal into something really special, that will be a big hit with the whole family. 

Here are some ideas for what to serve with beef rendang… 

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1. Malaysian roasted cauliflower

This Malaysian roasted cauliflower recipe is super simple to make, but is packed with earthy flavours. It also has a beautiful golden colour, so it brings a wonderful vibrancy to the table. 

Because rendang can be quite substantial, it’s a good choice to offer something relatively light on the side. It’s also a great way to ensure that everyone is getting a serving of veggies with their meal! 

Cauliflower is packed full of fibre, vitamin C, and vitamin K, and a range of other vitamins and minerals that contribute towards a well balanced diet. 

turmeric cauliflower

2. Sautéed potatoes with garlic 

Imagine little cubes of crispy potatoes, with a fluffy interior and the satisfying flavour of roasted garlic. That’s exactly what you get with these sautéed potatoes with garlic, and they’re just as good as they sound! 

They’re ready and on the table within 30 minutes, and you don’t need any fancy ingredients. 

Served alongside rendang, they make for a warming and comforting meal that’s ideal for rainy and grey days when you need a little something to lift your mood. 

sauteed potatoes

3. Nasi lemak

Nasi lemak is a prominent Malaysian accompaniment, and it’s so popular that it’s considered to be a national dish. 

It consists of fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk with pandan leaf, and some recipes call for the addition of extra ingredients for garnishing, such as fried crispy anchovies, toasted peanuts, and cucumber. 

An interesting fact is that it’s often served as breakfast in Malaysia. If you have some leftovers, why not give this a try yourself? It’s definitely a welcome change from your usual bowl of cereal or a slice of toast! 

nasi lemak rice

4. Chicken satay skewers

Chicken satay skewers can be a meal or an appetiser in their own right, and they’re a great option when you want to serve up a buffet style meal with various different choices for your guests. 

A choice between chicken and beef, or a combination of the two, is always welcome, and it will make sure that everyone gets to enjoy their meal based on their own personal tastes. 

slimming world chicken satay

5. Green beans in peanut sauce 

Peanuts are used a lot in traditional Malaysian cookery, and they’re used to create a delicious sauce for green beans in this side dish. 

Check out this recipe for green beans in peanut sauce. It’s spicy, savoury, and totally moreish! It also only takes around 15 minutes in total to cook and prepare, so it’s a great option if you want to keep things simple or you don’t have a lot of time available. 

green beans peanut sauce

6. Malaysian flatbread

Beef rendang is a fairly dry curry, but it’s still a good idea to have some kind of bread side dish to mop up those fragrant juices. 

Malaysian flatbread has a delicious flaky and crispy texture, thanks to the secret ingredient which is coconut water. 


7. Crispy seaweed kale 

Crispy seaweed kale is my go to side dish whenever I’m cooking an Asian inspired meal. It’s light and crispy, and it’s really easy to prepare. 

You’ll notice in my recipe that I use kale instead of the more traditional seaweed, and this is simply because kale tends to be much more readily available. If you haven’t tried it before, I urge you to keep an open mind and give it a go! 

slimming world crispy kale seaweed

8. Caramelised broccoli with garlic 

When you’re debating what to serve with beef rendang, caramelised broccoli is a delectable choice. 

It’s light, it’s healthy, and it allow your main meal to be the real star of the show. It also brings an often needed element of freshness to the meal, to prevent it from becoming too rich to enjoy. 

brocolli with garlic

9. French fries 

French fries are American in origin so they’re definitely not the most authentic or traditional choice of side dish for beef rendang, but they’re so good that they really do deserve a mention here! 

Dipping those piping hot, crispy fries into the curry sauce feels like an indulgent treat, and it’s a great way to introduce your family to a new cuisine without overwhelming anyone with too many things that they may be familiar with.

french fries

10. Cucumber salad

Texture is an important part of any meal, and it can sometimes be a little lacking when you’re serving up the typical combination of curry and rice. 

Add some all important bite and crunch by preparing a fresh cucumber salad. Just slice your cucumber into thin ribbons, add a little white wine vinegar, and garnish with red chilli and sesame seeds. 

cucumber salad

Choosing a couple of these ideas for side dishes for beef rendang can ensure that everyone loves what you’re serving up at the dinner table! 

Do you have any extra ideas or inspiration that haven’t been covered here? 

Or do you have a favourite choice that you return to again and again? 

Leave a comment and let me know! 

the best sides for beef rendang


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