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How to Make Tiyula Itum


Spicy Beef and Burnt Coconut Soup

Tyula or Tiyula Itum aka Black Soup is a halal dish originated from Tausug, Sulu in Mindanao and usually eaten at Muslim weddings, special occasions and festivals. You could say this is close to Nilaga (Beef broth) or Tinula (Chicken & Ginger with Green papaya soup) from the northern part of the Philippines. It is unique in that it has both burnt coconut and chilli.

Some people say that this dish is an aphrodisiac and will definitely keep you warm!


Tiyula Itum (Spicy Beef and Burnt Coconut Soup)

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  • 500g Braising beef (halal beef optional)
  • 1 litre water
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 150g grated coconut
  • 80g Lemongrass, bruised & chopped
  • 1tbsp garlic, minced 1tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1tsp galangal powder
  • 1/2tsp dried ginger powder
  • 3tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2tsp ground pepper
  • 5tbsp Sambal ulek or Sriracha sauce (less if you want it less spicy)
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 1tbsp salt
  • 1 can coconut milk (optional)
  • 1 bunch spring onions



Burn the coconut shreds in a frying pan or work on high heat until they are all dark brown. The darker it is the better! Put this aside for later


In a deep pan with heated oil sauté onion, garlic and ginger, cook them for 3 minutes on medium heat


Add the meat, burnt coconut shreds and lemon grass, cook until the meat is slightly brown


Add galangal powder, ginger powder, turmeric, ground pepper, salt and sugar then add Sambal or Sriracha sauce, continually stir for 2 minutes making sure the spices doesn’t burn on low heat


Add water (and coconut milk), turn the heat up and let it boil, once boiled turn the heat to low and simmer for 30-40 minutes with the lid on


Check if the meat is tender and taste the soup. Add more salt if you want. Serve with some rice and garnish with some spring onions

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