Sambal Ikan Bilis 參巴江魚仔 Dried Anchovies In A Spicy Sauce


Sambal Ikan Bilis 參巴江魚仔

What are the must have side dishes when serving nasi lemak? For me the most basic serving of nasi lemak should be served with all the following condiments or toppings; a good sambal, cucumber slices, egg (hard boiled or fried), fried peanuts and fried anchovies (crispy or in a sambal)

makes 2 cups

Ingredients ;

1 cup of dried anchovies, rinsed and drained very well

oil for frying

1 large onion, sliced

1 cup of sambal tumis

3 tbs of sugar

4 tbs of tamatind concentrate

1/4 cup of coconut milk


Rinse the dried anchovies to remove the excess salt, drain well and set aside. Slice onion into 3 mm thick slices.


Fill a frying pan with 1 cm of cooking oil and when the oil is hot enough, fry anchovies until golden and crispy, remove and drain well.


Saute onion with about 2 tbs of cooking oil until soften.


Add sambal tumis to the pan and continue to cook for 2 minutes on medium heat before adding sugar, tamarind concentrate and coconut milk. Mix well and cook for a further minute.


Turn off the heat and when the sauce has cooled down, return the fried anchovies to the pan and mix well.


Serve the spicy anchovies as part of a nasi lemak meal.


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