sambal babycorn

I am quite fond of baby corn as I find them tender, sweet and very appetising. The sweet nature of baby corns make it a wonderful accompaniment to mixed vegetables dishes. This dish, however, highlights the sweet baby corn in itself by pairing it with the irresistible sambal belacan – spicy and pungent prawn paste. It is quite simple to cook and ingredients are fairly minimal. Don’t let the photo presentation deceive you, this is a delicious dish on its own! 😀

This is the recipe for Sambal Belacan Baby Corn



  • Baby corns (say about 10 of them, remove “skin / leaves” and cut them lengthwise into 4 pieces)
  • Warm water
  • 5 tablespoons of oil


Sambal belacan (pound or ground together)

  • 2 to 3 red chillis (remove seeds)
  • 5 to 8 shallots
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • a small piece of belacan (or as much as you like – bearing in mind it is salty)



  • Sugar to taste



Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in wok (medium heat) and saute sambal belacan ingredients by brisk stirring. Saute till aromatic and beginning to brown. The oil should be absorbed upon frying.

Add baby corns and stir well. Increase heat to high and sprinkle some water water occasionally to prevent burning. To hasten cooking, cover with lid but check often to make sure it does not burn. Continue with sprinkling of water and cooking until baby corn is cooked to your desired softness. Add some sugar if you find it a tad salty.

Dish up and serve with steamed white rice.

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  1. 1
    October 8th, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    I never know baby sweet corn can be cooked with sambal belacan. It’s turn to be the main character!

  2. 2
    October 9th, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    I like baby corn. They are good.I normally put them in salads or stir fry but never with sambal. I should give it a try if I can only find belachan here.

  3. 3
    October 10th, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    celine : Yes, you can try it with sambal belacan. Tastes great.

    Reese : Want me to send some belacan over to you? 🙂

  4. 4
    October 11th, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    No thanks. It will not pass custom inspection anyway. My mum and sister will be coming to visit for Christmas, I am sure they will bring me something. But thank you for the generous offer. I really appreciate it.

  5. 5
    October 12th, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    reese : I didn’t know the customs department is so stringent 😀

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