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Spicy Crispy Anchovies (Ikan Bilis) and Peanuts

Everytime I come back from Malaysia, there is one foodstuff that I would always bring back and that is ikan bilis (anchovies). Actually I can get ikan bilis easily here but they usually do not look fresh, so I try to avoid getting them here. I usually get mine from Pangkor Island and the anchovies are as fresh as they can be.

I use my ikan bilis for making soup and nasi lemak. Another dish that I like to make with my ikan bilis is this spicy crispy ikan bilis and peanuts. This can be cooked and kept in the fridge for those quick meals.

Spicy Crispy Anchovies & Peanuts

Spicy Crispy Anchovies & Peanuts

Sorry I do not have the exact measurement. Basically what I do is

  • Fry the ikan bilis till crispy. Remove and drain
  • Roast the peanuts till fragrant.
  • Heat up a little oil in a pan.
  • Add in some sambal (I use the bottled sambal)
  • Then add in ikan bilis and peanuts and mix all together.
  • Add in a little sugar and mix till well-mixed.
  • Remove and keep in air-tight container in fridge.
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  • Little Corner of Mine August 31, 2008, 11:16 am

    Oh yummy! I love this!

  • Superbuggg September 1, 2008, 10:55 am

    I use a little tamarind paste and crushed lemon grass too! Roasting the peanuts is better than deep frying them as some do.
    Don’t forget to wash the excess salt off the anchovies before frying. And fry in safe oils, at safe temperatures!

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