Spicy Baby Potatoes And Ikan Bilis

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Spicy potatoes and dried anchovies

Spicy potatoes and dried anchovies

Back home in Malaysia we use a lot of ‘ikan bilis’, or dried anchovies, in our cooking. They are actually small fish which are dried in the sun and can be kept for a long time if they are very dry. They come in different sizes for different types of dish. It’s a must for ‘nasi lemak’, a very popular Malaysian meal in a dish. If you like a quick ‘nasi lemak’, please check it out at Easy Nasi Lemak Overseas - Malaysia’s Great Favourite. It’s actually not that difficult to cook at home. In fact, this dish that I’m going to share here can go very well with ‘nasi lemak’, too.

Dried anchovies (ikan bilis)

Dried anchovies (ikan bilis)

A lovely friend gave me some REALLY tiny ‘ikan bilis’ recently. My gosh….that’s just so precious because I can’t get it here in Aberdeen. Maybe it’s available in big cities like London. So if you ever want to cook this dish, remember to look out for it if it’s not available in your place and you are on holiday somewhere, especially in Asian countries. A slightly bigger ones would do too but preferably not too big.

I still have some Scotty Brand potatoes in my fridge. After cooking a delicious dish of duck with it, Baby Potatoes And Roast Duck Stir Fry, I thought the ‘ikan bilis’ and baby potatoes would most likely make a great dish too. I was right. It was really good with rice though a little too spicy. It’s sort of funny that you think it’s too spicy and yet you want to keep eating!

The recipe is rather simple. Here it is:

Ingredients A
250g potatoes (already peeled)
20g dried ikan bilis
3pc garlic (peeled and chopped)
1T crushed dried chillies (use less if you don’t want it so spicy)

Ingredients B
1T light soya sauce
3/4T sugar (or more if you like it sweeter)
1T lemon juice

Fry potato strips

Fry potato strips

Cut the potatoes into thin strips. Heat up some oil in a frying pan, add the potatoes and pan fry until brown. Flip over and continue to fry until brown too. They may not brown evening but it’s ok. You can deep fry it if you like. That would just mean more cleaning and left over oil to handle. Dish up the potatoes when it’s done.

Fry ikan bilis

Fry ikan bilis

Heat up some oil again and add the chopped garlic and ‘ikan bilis’ and fry till golden. Use quite low fire as you don’t want the ‘ikan bilis’ to get burnt. Fry until the ‘ikan bilis’ turns crispy. Add the crushed chillies and stir through.

Mix potatoes and ikan bilis

Mix potatoes and ikan bilis

Add the fried potatoes and the seasoning in Ingredients B to the ‘ikan bilis’. Mix well.

Spicy baby potatoes and ikan bilis

Spicy baby potatoes and ikan bilis

Turn off the fire and dish up.

This dish would taste a lot more delicious if you add some ‘belachan’ (prawn paste) while frying the ‘ikan bilis’. Due to my surgery, I try to avoid all prawns as it’s known to slow down healing. Just too bad as prawns are one of my top favourite……*sigh*. You’ll probably see a lot of prawn dish when my leg recovers fully……*grin*

Are you up for spicy food? For your info, always have a glass of milk ready just in case it’s too hot for you. It works like magic! Sliced cucumber goes very well with this dish too.

Other potato recipes that you may be interested in:
Fast And Easy Malaysian Chicken Curry
Scottish Food - Salmon Stovies
Cooking Chicken Curry Is Really Simple And Easy

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pegasuslegend  on July 4th, 2012

Wow what a roundup of healthy great food love thosse baby potatoes!

kristy  on July 4th, 2012

Ya, you must keep your mouth away from some food so that you can recover much faster. But this surely is very tempting. I love fried ikan bilis.
Hope you’re enjoying your day.

kristy  on July 4th, 2012

Can you dance now? haha…

claire  on July 4th, 2012

Add in some groundnuts too! hehehee.. this is what nasi lemak normally offers.. Cheers to you, Mary!

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on July 4th, 2012

This looks so very tasty! 

suituapui  on July 4th, 2012

Interesting! Compatible, eh? Must try sometime…

lena  on July 4th, 2012

hi mary, i’m all out for this dish..spicy ikan bilis! also what a terrific idea of cooking with potatoes and yes, this makes a great accompaniment for nasi lemak! Hope you will recover asap!

somewhere in singapore  on July 4th, 2012

Have not tried this combination before…

kitchen flavours  on July 4th, 2012

I could eat two bowls of rice with this, the spicier, the more umph… for me! Looks delicious! Hope you will be in tip-top condition soon!

TasteHongKong  on July 4th, 2012

So nice Mary! Dried anchovies are always there in my fridge, I love frying them with veggie or gourd. But, I’m sure potatoes will be the next.
Hmmm … should you avoid spicy foods too : ).

Jeannie  on July 5th, 2012

This is one of my favorite nasi lemak side dish:D Very delicious!

Priya  on July 5th, 2012

Super flavourful and droolworthy dish,simply inviting..

Blackswan  on July 5th, 2012

This is certainly one of my fave food! I can eat this everyday! Hahaha!

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redkathy  on July 5th, 2012

Hi Mary, Never had dried anchovies but I know by your display and description that I would really enjoy them. Anchovies in oil with pasta is one of my favorite dishes.

Mary  on July 5th, 2012

@pegasuslegend - Thanks very much, Claudia! :D

@kristy - Haha…..need iron will sometimes to stay away from certain food. But I need I have already eaten some without knowing it :P Can dance? Oh yes, of course…….but a one-legged dancer….haha

@claire - Yes, so tempted to add groundnuts but not good for my wounds…..hmmm. Next time will add :D Now I’m craving for nasi lemak…haha

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Thanks very much, Angie! :D

@suituapui - Yes, it’s surprisingly good :D

@lena - Thanks very much, Lena! :D

@somewhere in singapore - Time to try :D

@kitchen flavours - Looks like you have to add chilli paid to spice it up even more. Sure hope I will be in tip top condition soon so that I can have more fun in the kitchen :D

@TasteHongKong - Ya, I remember my mom used to add dried anchovies to vegetables too. I like to use them to make fish stock. Oooops…I didn’t realise I shouldn’t be eating spicy food. Have already eaten some, but not too much though. Thanks very much for letting me know :D

@Jeannie - I will be adding this one to my nasi lemak next time too :D

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! :D

@Blackswan - Oh wow….I am one of the lucky winners!!! So excited……yay. Thanks lots and lots for hosting the giveaway, Shirley! So happy, I will recover faster :D

@redkathy - Thanks very much, Kathy! I love those anchovies in oil too. Love it with rice or in salad :D

Mistletoe  on July 6th, 2012

Every time I hear those words “ikan bilis” it just puts a smile on my face. Haha…good times. ;) This dish sounds interesting with the flavours of the anchovies, chilies, lemon juice, and sugar. Not a huge fan of anchovies, but I’d definitely give this one a taste. Almost sounds Vietnamese with the ingredients you have here. Are you back to cooking dinner now? Do take it easy, ok? Hugs!

Yummy bakes  on July 6th, 2012

This combination looks good. Gotta try it out one day. Mary, how’s your leg? Fully recovered?

Juliana  on July 6th, 2012

Great combination…tasty and healthy.
Have a great weekend MAry :)

DG  on July 11th, 2012

I love both potato & ikan bilis. This sure go well with rice.

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