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May 23, 2011 01:29 PM


Where is the best Rendang in NYC? I prefer the dry Sumatran type over the wetter and milder Malaysian. Even places I mostly like usually disappoint with this dish. Any suggestions?

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  1. I haven't personally had a very good one, but this thread might be helpful:

    (It makes mention of Minangasli in Queens, among other places. The menu's description does make the dish sound as thought it might be the more moist version, though. Menu here: )

    1. I haven't had better in New York than the rendang prepared by the chef at Laut.

      15 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

      1. The beef rendang we tried at Upi Jaya (Queens, not Manhattan -- sorry) was smoky, tangy...amazingly flavorful.

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        1. re: CitySpoonful

          I live not far from Upi Jaya, and I do believe if you're looking for the dry type that's what you want. But it's in Queens so you might want to check out the Outer Boroughs board.

          1. re: fooder

            I remember Upi Jaya's rendang as very good but not very spicy: but it's been years. Are they still in the same spot? Also Mingsali (sic?)?

            1. re: swannee

              Apologies for bringing a Queens restaurant to the Manhattan board, but when you said you were looking for Sumatran-style rendang, I couldn't resist jumping in. When we visited Upi Jaya recently, the woman running the dining room took great care to emphsize that Upi Jaya's food is Sumatran style (rather than Jakarta-style, which is apparently sweeter an less spicy --- according to her). Upi Jaya's owner (her name is Upi Jaya) is from Padang on the island of Sumatra.

              Re: spice level. I'm a hard-core spice lover and can take a lot of heat, and I thought the food at Upi Jaya had decent kick, relatively speaking --- though I've certainly had far spicier food. The beef rendang was an interesting combo of smoky and spicy flavors and was really popular at our table. (Full details of our meal to come very soon at!


              I assume it's still the same spot: (76-04 Woodside Ave., Elmhurst).