Ikan Bilis Snack

Dinner, Fish, Lunch, Snacks January 30th, 2007

ikan bilis dark soya sauce


Ikan Bilis Snack is not really the original name of this dish. Actually, I don’t have a name for this dish because for as long as I can remember, mum merely said “Tau Yu Kang He” (meaning “Dark Soya Sauce Anchovies / Ikan Bilis”). As the name connotes, this bunch of ikan bilis is given a coat of dark soya sauce for the colour and taste.


This dish is great for snacks (that’s why I name it Ikan Bilis Snack) and is also a suitable condiment for plain porridge or even white rice. It tastes sweet (from the sugar and onions) and salty (from the ikan bilis). It is so simple to cook that it shouldn’t intimidate any beginners. Try it will ya?


This is my recipe for Ikan Bilis Snack


  • 3/4 bowls of ikan bilis (rinsed very quickly)
  • 1 large onion (cut into rings
  • 4 tablespoons cooking oil (palm oil)


  • At least one heaped teaspoon of sugar (or to taste)
  • At least one teaspoon of dark soya sauce (or to taste)



Heat oil and fry ikan bilis till crisp using high heat. Remove ikan bilis and leave discard oil.


The wok should still be coated with oil at this moment. Add onions and saute till aromatic. Return fried ikan bilis to the wok, add seasoning and stir well to coat evenly prior to serving.


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  1. 1
    Daryl W.T. Lau
    January 30th, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    I can imagine whacking this entirely in 10mins… LOL

  2. 2
    January 31st, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    I would take just under 5 mins, LOL! Good for football matches!

  3. 3
    January 31st, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    aiyoo..i like this lah, always fry till perfection then pour some honey ..wahh, yummy !! thanks 🙂

  4. 4
    February 5th, 2007 at 11:01 am

    I like to add sugar to my ikan bilis too!

  5. 5
    February 5th, 2007 at 11:37 am

    MeltingWok and simcooks : I’ve got a variant to this snack! Will let you two know when it’s up 🙂

  6. 10
    February 2nd, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Wah! Thanks for what looks like a quick and tasty snack to enjoy some anchovies. Can’t remember ever having soy sauce on my anchovies so it looks like I MUST try this! But not sure about the sugar… Sweet, soy anchovies???

  7. 11
    February 4th, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    ChovyChap : Yes, sugar is a must 😀

  8. 12
    February 12th, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Well OK pablopabla, if you say so…

  9. 13
    M'sia food lover
    September 22nd, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    My mum always finish it with simgum (lime). Delicious, hochiak!

  10. 14
    October 29th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Well, I remember my mum likes to cook this dish to go with porridge when I was a child. I must try this myself for my children!Eversince I found your site, I’ve been visitng quite often for your cooking ideas. Your recipes are easy to follow and comprehensive and I love those photos! Keep up your good work!Cheers!!

  11. 15
    October 30th, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    shandy : Thanks! Looks like we grew up on something similar!

  12. 16
    December 6th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    tis recipe surely took me to my chilhood days…my mom used to add dried chili n potato in it…wil definitely cook tis for my kids 🙂


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