I Made “Masak Titek”!


I was checking my vegetable inventory in my fridge 2 days ago, and realized that I had overbought the vegetables.  I had a whole packet of sweet potato leaves, which I didn’t know what to cook.  And while I like to eat sambal belacan stir-fried with sweet potato leaves, I was wary that it might leave my kitchen all oily afterward.  Oh yeah, been there, done that moment right there.

So then I remembered I wanted to try cooking a popular nyonya dish called “Masak Titek”.  I don’t know why it’s called as such, but it’s one of those dishes I really love.

I made a quick stop at Tesco to get some ingredients and proceeded to try my hand at cooking this dish.  I managed to get the sweet potato in a lovely orange shade, and at a discount too!

Well…the dish was a success! …According to *my* standards anyway… My hubby is not really a fan of this dish, so since there was some leftover, I chilled it in the fridge and ate it again the next day!  Yummsss!!!

Have you tried cooking or eaten this dish before?  My recipe is a very simple one and I’d have to admit, might have been modified from the original, but I like its simplicity anyhow.

“Masak Titek” (or Masak Lemak) Ingredients

  • Sweet potato leaves
  • 1 medium sweet potato, skinned and sliced into cubes
  • 12-15 medium-sized shrimps, shelled if you like
  • 200g dried shrimps (if you have a pestle, pound it.  I didn’t, so I took the easy way out)
  • 200ml coconut milk
  • 1 tsp sambal belacan
  • 2 bowls water
  • Salt to taste


  1. Put the sweet potato, shrimps, dried shrimps and sambal belacan into the water and bring to boil.
  2. Simmer until sweet potato is soft.
  3. Add in coconut milk and sweet potato leaves and simmer for a few more minutes.
  4. Add some salt to taste if necessary.
  5. Serve hot with steamed rice!
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One Response to I Made “Masak Titek”!

  1. sasha says:

    ooooo looks yummy to me 😛

    The Giddy Tigress says: It is! But it’s sort of an acquired taste though.

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