Monday, April 9, 2012

'Daging Masak Hitam Sarawak' With Bario Rice

I received  a tub of  'Masak Hitam ' paste from our famous Sibu blogger , Arthur aka as STP of  Still Crazy After All These Years .....and Claire my buddy lugged it back for me when she went over to Sibu for her holidays.  A big THANK YOU to Arthur for the ' Masak Hitam 'paste and a big HUG for Claire for lugging it back for me :)   I waited until last Saturday to cook it with beef.  This dish  ' Daging Masak Hitam Sarawak ' is a famous dish in Sarawak.  It was so delicious that Piggy Josh ate two big plates of Barios Rice   At the same time I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs.Leong for the Bario Rice.  She is Elaine's mommy. And Elaine is Piggy Josh's friend :)) I will talk about this Bario Rice further down the post !   ' Daging Masak Hitam Sarawak ' with Bario you tell this a great combo?   Ask Josh, I am sure he is still thinking of the tender , juicy and well flavored beef and the wonderful texture of the Bario Rice !  Arthur...I finally did justice to your tub of Masak Hitam :)))) it was delicious!  

Don't you look down on this tub of masak hitam paste, it is really good. I just have to add a stalk of lemongrass to it ...that's all and to be frank,  I did not follow the instruction to add 1.5 cups of water  because as I was sauteeing the beef fillets with the paste in the claypot, the meat was giving out its juices, thus I omitted the water totally. After braising it for 45 mins, the meat was tender and juicy and the aroma was good and Josh could not wait to have his dinner .  500g of beef - the best cut from the beef vendor and this magic paste and I have the famous Sibu dish on my table.  Arthur , once again thank you for your thoughts when you bought this for me :)  We all love it and now when I think of Sarawak, I will remember your Masak Hitam and the Bario Rice :))) 

The timing was perfect, Josh brought back a 3 kg bag of Bario Rice....gosh, I have been wanting to try this Bario Rice, heard so much about it,  but never had the chance to do so until Josh lug it back .  You can read more about this rice from Wendy's blog .  Wendy did a good job on the description of this small grain .

This is Wendy's description of Bario Rice
It is
Small, smaller than a regular rice grain by half
White, when raw, looks like glutinous rice. It doesn't look opaque like regular rice grains.
Soft and fluffy, like good quality Tahia fragrant rice, but actually even better
Slightly bouncy, really, when you chew it, you can feel its bounciness
Sticky but not sticky, Like Stick-it Notes. The rice clumps together enough for you to pick it up with chopsticks, but easily separated...It 's not like Thai fragrant rice when it's sticky, it's easily mushy. This is not. Bario rice is firm, soft with a nice stick.

Bario Rice is regarded by the natives of Sarawak as the finest and best rice from the highlands of Sarawak. They are grown on cool climates at an elevation above 1,200 metres. According to the natives, the rice is eaten by the longhouse chief on special occasion. It is regarded as one of the finest rice grains of the world. And good news for health conscious consumers, there is no usage of pesticides and chemical feritlizers na dhas all the attributes of organic rice with an added flavor and unique taste as a result of the cool, pristine and unpolluted environments where it is grown. Bario Rice is specially air-flown out of Bario and Ba'kelalan highlands to enable the rest of Malaysians to sample the finest rice from the Land of the Hornbills.  

Thank you once again Mrs.Leong for your kind generosity in sharing
this Bario Rice with me .Though we have not met yet..but I believe one day
soon we will get to meet up :)

I am going to try making sushi with Bario Rice....I think it will turn out good

Arthur....hope you are not drooling over mine
I know you cook this better than me :))
excuse me...this is my first time cooking Masak Hitam :p

look how juicy and tender the beef pieces had become
after just 45 mins of braising in a claypot...
Josh loves it and asked for more
the Bario rice and Daging Masak Hitam Sarawak
was a hit with the Piggy clan!

Have a nice day !

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  1. nice!! too bad i didnt get to try it.. Josh has taken my portion too, eh... lol...
    Never mind, i have one more tub here.. will keep this for your next round of beef!

  2. My friend Shereen gave me 2 of the same Masak Hitam paste but I have yet to try it out. I am salivating just looking at your dish and I am going to try out the paste this week. Have to get some beef today. The rice look a bit like the arborio rice.

  3. Claire...haha Josh loves it !

    Gertrude...I didnt follow the instruction of adding water to it. The beef exudes more water than required so I omitted the water and it turned out nice. I added lemongrass for extra flavor :)

  4. Ahhhh!!!! Yours, I would give 100%!!! Yum! Yum! Shouldn't be too watery - and good to simmer till the gravy dries up a bit so the flavour will go into the meat. Nice eh? Come...come to Sibu, I will give you LOTS!!! Plus you can try the ones here too...

    I just got some Bario rice too (see today's post) and I had a post on it here:
    I was distributing to friends when I was in KL in November...or was it December last year but Claire bypassed KL - didn't stop by to see me or I could have given her some...and sure, I would ask her to pass some to you too.

    Nice, ya? Things from Sarawak? And the people too (Me! Me!)! Muahahahahahaha!!!!!

  5. P.S.
    Gert...Shereen was here sooooo long ago! Expired already or not? Must ask her to come again and get you some more. Hehehehehehe!!!!

  6. I had this beef at a nasi lemak stall once and fell in love with it. And now I can't find the stall anymore since the council shooed them away. You're so lucky to get the paste. Must find out how to make the paste at home ... I'm drooling here!

  7. Lucky you!!
    I love love love love love Bario rice.
    Masak hitam?? Interesting, does it taste like masak kicap?

    Err.... is there a typo? Thai fragrant rice or Tahia?

  8. Wow!! Daing masak hitam and bario rice, perfect match! Yum! I like.

  9. Arthur...terima kasih banyak banyak...yea I hope to be able t visit Sibu one day :) then I can carry back the Bario Rice then and the paste :)) Thank you for giving me 100% hehe I expected more !

    Ping....yea, you can google it for the paste. Quite easy the ingredients :)

    Wendy....typo error meh...I copy from your blog. You check it out and see :))) No, not like masak has spices in the paste...nice!

    Annie Q.....yea perfect match and I am blessed to have 3 kg of the bario rice LOL!

  10. elin, never heard of msak hitam paste and never heard of so ulu lah! but i can see from the picture that it looks real good, the colour and the dish itself. Thanks for the link given on wendy's blog, i want to chk out and read later.

  11. WOW... this beef dish looks so juicy and tender. I've never heard of masak hitam before. Must ask my friend to get it for me when she comes to S'pore.

  12. Elin, do I get to taste this in July? HINT! HINT!, I wash dishes for you and scrub your kitchen sink for you. Deal?

  13. Lena....oh my first time too on both . I can't eat beef so much so my Josh walloped all. It is best cook with beef. And the bario rice is hard to get over here so you need to have friends from there to get them for you :) expensive !

    Ann....yea..haha my boy praised me for such a nice beef dish but all thanks to Arthur for giving me the paste and the meat vendor for giving me a nice piece of cut :) Try not to add water to the dish as instructed coz the beef gave out quite a lot of water. Maybe coz my meat was in the freezer thus for the amount of water exuded out :)

    Veronica....WE SHALL PAINT THE TOWN RED when you arrive in JULY!!!! LOL!

  14. I have never heard of masak hitam. I must check if it is sold here because your dish looks fabulous!
    The rice sounds like the kind I like: slightly sticky but not mushy (my favourite is Japanese rice which is always stickier than Jasmine Thai rice for example). Thanks for sharing your discoveries.


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