Friday, August 19, 2011

Sambal Ikan Bilis (Dried Anchovies) with Peanuts

My mum makes a mean spicy sambal belachan, the tastiest I have ever had.  Every year, when i go back to Singapore, I will always reserve a space in my luggage for a big packet of this must-have-item.  I can practically use it in many dishes that need that extra omph.  Too bad, until now I have yet to learn how to make it.  It is also difficult to buy one of the ingredients here....the fresh red chillies. My mum makes such a big pot each time and like most aunties, she does not measure her ingredients when she cooks.  That adds to the 'difficulty'. Hmm...maybe one day, I will try my hands at it....till then...

Sambal Ikan Bilis 
1/2 cup ikan bilis
1/4 cup fried peanuts
1 tbsp sambal belachan
3 shallots - sliced
1 tbsp sugar
2 - 3 tsp water
1 tbsp cooking oil

  1. Heat up oil in a small pan.  Fry the shallots till fragrant.
  2. Add sambal belachan and fry for a while more.
  3. Add ikan bilis, peanuts, sugar and water and fry to mix well  Ready to serve.


  1. Hi, sambal belachan means belachan?

    1. Hi, they are two different things....these are two links that are informative for your questions :)

  2. Hi, how do you make sambal belachan?

  3. Hi, I have yet to learn how to make the chili paste, but i will post it when I get the recipe ;)