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