• Prep Time 10 minutes
  • Cook Time 15 minutes
  • Serving For 4 people
  • Difficulty Easy

Recipe Description

Daging Masak Hitam

Cook up this popular Malay Daging Masak Hitam dish to serve during Sahur or Iftar, or as an addition to your Hari Raya spread.

This recipe was first published in Flavours magazine.

Recipe Ingredient

  • 5 shallots
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 1/2 cm ginger
  • 4 tbsp palm oil
  • 1 stalk curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp cili boh
  • 1 tbsp ground fennel
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 400g beef (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup (80ml) cold water
  • 5 tbsp sweet soy sauce
  • salt to taste (optional)


  1. Grind the shallots, garlic and ginger to a fine paste. Heat oil in saucepan and sauté the curry leaves, then add the ground ingredients, cili boh, fennel and cumin and sauté further until fragrant.
  2. Add the sliced beef and sauté until lightly cooked. Add water and leave to simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in the soy sauce, then lower the heat and continue cooking until gravy is thick. Add salt if needed. Remove from heat and serve.

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2 thoughts on “Daging Masak Hitam”

  1. Maureen Clyne - June 16, 2018 at 11:10 am

    How much sweet soy sauce? 5 tsp or tbs?

    • Ian Lau - May 13, 2020 at 11:55 am

      I tried this recipe and started with 5 teaspoons but it didn’t look correct. So I kept adding until I reached 5 tablespoons and it was correct. I think the error occurred during data entry, whoever it was


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