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Hidang Kegemaran dari Dapur Tunku (Favourites from Tunku’s Kitchen) by Marshall Cavendish Cuisine


  • 5 tbsp oil
  • 120g shallots, roughly chopped
  • 100g garlic
  • 2 tbsp chilli powder
  • 500g meat (beef), sliced thinly
  • 1 pc cinnamon stick
  • 1 pc pandanus leave, folded into a knot
  • 2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 30g tamarind paste, mixed with 10ml water and strained
  • some fried sliced shallots for garnishing



    Serves 4
    Prep time 15 mins
    Cook time 25 mins
    Total time 40 mins
total time


  1. Pound or blend shallots and garlic till fine.
  2. Heat oil in a wok and fry blended shallot-garlic paste and chilli powder.
  3. Add beef and fry till meat is half-cooked.
  4. Add cinnamon stick, pandanus leave, salt, sugar and tamarind juice.
  5. Cook on low heat for abt 15 mins or till mixture is almost dry and beef’s cooked.
  6. Serve with fried shallots, steamed white rice and some greens.

It’s quite easy to prepare and surprisingly good. No wonder it was 1 of Tunku’s favs. Wrote the recipe down within a couple of mins when browsing thru therecipe book at Lianne’s home – what we can do when we have the willpower to just sit down and write a simple recipe in a small piece of paper.. 😛


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