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Tasso Bef/Fried Seasoned Beef

Tasso Bef / Fried Seasoned Beef

For the final installment of the Radyo Shak recipe series, Grand Rue resident Alphonse Kettie goes step by step through the process of making Tasso Bef, deep-fried seasoned cubes of beef that are a quintessentially Haitian streetfood snack.

Please note: This program is conducted in Kreyol.

Ingredients for Alphonse Kettie’s Tasso Bef:

Sour Orange Juice (also known as bitter or Seville orange)
Hot Pepper
Maggi® Seasoning Cubes

For all you ladies who don’t know how to make food, here’s a little recipe, okay? You ’re going to take the beef, and wash it really well, you need to take off all the veil that is shrouding the meat. Once it is is good and clean you’re going to wash it with sour orange juice, well seasoned. You’re going to put pepper, a little Maggi, some scallion, You’re going to pound that, and add acid in the form of the sour orange juice, add that to it. Then you put it on to boil, we have to make sure the beef isn’t exposed to the air, you put it on to boil, and then check it, once you are certain is it cooked, take it off.

Then you put oil on to heat. It has to be really hot, the oil can’t be cold, ladies! When the oil is good and hot, you fry your beef. When it’s fried nice and dry, you’re going to put it on the plate, add a little bit of onions, some tomato, whatever you want to accompany it with. And now it has become a dish!

So to make tasso, really, you have to cook the meat two times?

That’s right, first you boil it, and then you fry it.

I’ve had tasso that is good, and then I’ve had tasso that is really good. What is it that really gives it flavor?

It has to be properly seasoned, it needs to be salted right, it needs the right balance of acid, and it needs the hot pepper to be just right. If one of those isn’t right…. It shouldn’t be too salty, either. Okay, ladies? Each thing is supposed to be measured out properly!


Ghetto Biennale: Radyo Shak


Radyo Shak was the independent broadcast voice of the Ghetto Biennale lakou 2015. Based in a shack in the Grand Rue Atis-Resistans compound of Port-au-Prince, Clocktower Radio's Radyo Shak broadcast Haiti's biennale happenings, from December 10-21, 2015. Radyo Shak Program Director Richard Fleming and Radyo Shak Project Director Jake Nussbaum hosted freeform radio in the bidonville, including Rara bands, interviews with locals, artists and writers, project updates, and Haitian revolutionary history over FM radio, Internet radio, and analog broadcast amplified through speakers and PA. The Kreyòl language programming from the Radyo Shak is available here: Geto Byenal: Radyo Shak (Kreyòl) In addition to the recordings archived here that were collected onsite during the biennale, Clocktower's Ghetto Biennale: Radyo Shak series includes additional material gathered from Haitian musicians, DJ sets, record labels, expats, artists, and more, to give our listeners a complete audio landscape of Haiti in the world today.

Geto Byenal: Radyo Shak (Kreyol)


Radyo Shak se vwa lakou Geto Byenal 2015 lan. Nan yon ti shak sou la Gran Ri kote Atis Rezistans, Radyo Shak te difuze tout sa kap fet pandan Byenal lan ant Desamb 10 jiske 21. Direkte Pwogram yo, Richard Fleming, avek Direkte Pwoje sa-a, Jake Nussbaum te animate tout kalite radyo nan zon sa-a, tan kou anrejistreman misisyen rara yo, iantevu avek moun nan zon nan, atis, ekrivan, infomasyon sou tout pwoje yo, histwa revolusyone d’Ayiti, tout emete sou radyo antenet, FM 89.1 epi sou baff nan zon lan. The English language programming from the Radyo Shak is available here: Ghetto Biennale: Radyo Shak