Another simple dish to try out here : Stir Fried Ladies Fingers with Anchovies. Ladies Fingers is also known as Okra whilst locally, anchovies are also known as Ikan Bilis. The anchovies come in many sizes and for this dish, the medium sized ones are chosed wherein the head and bones are removed prior to cooking. The cooking time for this dish depends on your liking really because some like their ladies finger cooked till soft and limp. For me, I prefer it slightly crunchy. Feels healthier as well
This is my recipe for Stir Fried Ladies Fingers with Anchovies
- Approximately 10 – 15 pieces of ladies fingers (sliced across not more than 5mm thick)
- About 2 tablespoons of anchovies (rinsed quickly in water)
- 4 cloves shallots (sliced thinly)
- 2 cloves garlic (chopped finely)
- 1/2 cup of warm water
- 4 tablespoons palm oil
- Salt and sugar to taste
Heat up 2 tablespoons of oil in wok and fry shallots till golden brown. Remove fried shallots aside. Remove oil into a suitable container.
Wash wok and heat it up again with the other 2 tablespoons of oil. Fry anchovies till golden brown. Remove fried anchovies and set aside. Discard oil and wash wok.
Heat wok and return the 1st batch of oil used to fry the shallots into the wok. Add garlic and saute for 10 seconds. Add ladies fingers and seasoning and stir fry till desired softness. Sprinkle some warm water to keep it moist (you don’t have to use all the water above). Sprinkle anchovies and stir well prior to serving.
Garnish with fried shallots.
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