What is Serundeng?
Serundeng or Serunding is fresh grated coconut that's been spiced with various fresh ingredients like galangal, ginger, garlic, shallots, turmeric, candlenuts, lemongrass and kaffir. The combination of ingredients can vary, but the coconut remains the star of the show.
To give the coconut its crispy jerky-esque texture requires it to be deep fried in oil - coconut oil brings out even more fragrance and creates the most delicious and texturally wonderful experience.
Serundeng is used as a condiment in Indonesia, to scatter liberally over rice, stews, curries and more. And, as with Ayam Serundeng as a key component to a finished dish.
My recipe for Ayam Serundeng can be split into two components and the serundeng can be prepared separately without the need for the chicken part at all.