Tiyula Ityum: Muslim Royal Soup Recipe

Before its all forgotten in the past, this is Burnt Coconut Beef Soup…

For most Filipinos, the culture of our Muslim brothers in Mindanao is vague if not fleeting. This rich Moro culture should be cultivated and appreciate, in this effort we want to share this recipe we found in Pepe’s Kitchen. This is our culture too, its about time we learn, taste and share it. Cheers!


  • 500g braising beef or ribs
  • 800ltr Water
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • Fresh red chilli (optional)
  • 3tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 cups of grated coconut
  • 4 stalks of lemon grass, bruised and chopped
  • 1tbsp garlic
  • 1tbsp ginger
  • 3tsp turmeric
  • 1tsp galangal powder
  • 1/2tsp dried ginger powder
  • 1/2tsp ground pepper
  • 5tbsp sambal ulek or Sriracha sauce (less if you want it less spicy or more for hot)
  • 1tsp sugar
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1 can coconut milk (optional)
  • spring onions for garnish, chopped

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  1. Burn the coconut shreds in a frying pan or work on medium to high heat until they are all dark brown or even black. The darker it is the better! (This is optional: you can ground the coconut shred using pestle and mortar or using a coffee grinder)
  2. Add the burnt coconut powder to the meat and set aside for later
  3. In a deep pan with heated the oil then saute the onion until translucent, add the garlic and ginger, cook them for 3 minutes on medium heat
  4. Add the meat, turmeric and lemon grass, stir and cook until the meat for 5 minutes
  5. Turn the heat to low add galangal powder, ginger powder, ground pepper, salt and sugar then add Sambal or Sriracha sauce, continually stir for 2 minutes making sure the spices don’t burn
  6. Add water then turn the heat up and let it boil, once boiled turn the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes with the lid on
  7. Check if the meat is soft if not cook for another 15 minutes (you can add coconut at this point)
  8. Taste the soup add more salt if desired and simmer for another 5 minutes
  9. Once you are happy with the taste you can turn the heat off
  10. Serve it in a bowl with chopped fresh chilies or spring onions on top with some white rice on the side..Enjoy!

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