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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