Sotong Masak Hitam

Sotong Masak Hitam, also known as squid cooked in its own ink. Don’t be deceived by the looks of it. It may have the most vibrant of colours but it definitely has a complex robust of flavors.
Stir-fried with a fragrant rempah and balanced out with some tamarind paste, sure makes you coming back from more and coating your lips with the luscious squid ink sauce.

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  • Servings: 4 pax

  • Time: 45 minutes

  • Skill: Easy


  1. 800g squid / sotong

  2. 80g shallots

  3. 30g garlic

  4. 10g dried red chillies (soaked)

  5. 100g red onions (sliced)

  6. 2 lemongrass (bruised)

  7. 4 kaffir lime leaves

  8. 1 tsp turmeric powder

  9. 50g tamarind paste

  10. 150ml water

  11. 100ml oil

  12. Salt to taste

  13. Garnish with sliced green and red chillies


  1. Clean squid and cut into rings. Reserve squid ink sac.

  2. Mix tamarind paste with water. Strain and set aside.

  3. Remove seed from dried chilli and soak in boiling water for at least 10 minutes.

  4. Blend shallots, garlic and soaked dried red chilli with 50ml of oil. Remove and set aside.

  5. In a pan with 50ml of oil, stir fry lemongrass until fragrant.

  6. Add in chilli paste and stir fry until fragrant.

  7. Add in kaffir lime leaves and sliced red onions, stir fry until translucent.

  8. Add in squid, turmeric powder and salt.

  9. Pour in tamarind water.

  10. Add in squid ink sac. Mix well and bring to boil.

  11. Garnish with sliced green and red chillies.

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