Once in a while, a craving for something spicy comes up; I’ve lots of dried anchovies in the fridge/freezer. I guess I can make soup/bouillon with it.  But since I wanted something spicy, I’ve decided to make Sambal Ikan Bilis (a.k.a. Anchovies Sambal) Nyonya-style.. Craving slightly satisfied.. 🙂


  • 100g dried anchovies or ikan bilis
  • 1 large yellow onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf, scrunched
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp sugar, or to taste
  • ½ tsp salt, or to taste

Ingredients to be blended into a Paste:

  • abt 15 dried chillies, soaked and cut into 2 or 3 pcs each
  • abt 10 shallots, peeled and halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, only white portion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cm fresh turmeric, peeled
  • 10g roasted shrimp paste or belacan


  1. Deep-fry anchovies till golden and fragrant. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
  2. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a wok over a medium fire.
  3. Sautee ground ingredients together with sliced onion and kaffir lime leaf till fragrant, abt 10 mins.
  4. Add lime juice as well as salt and sugar, to taste.
  5. Leave to cool slightly before stirring in fried anchovies.

Serve directly with nasi lemak or steamed white rice, sliced cucumber and chicken curry or rendang. 🙂


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