Fried Seasoned Whitebait (Ikan Bilis) Recipe

Fried Seasoned Whitebait (Ikan Bilis) Recipe

Ingredients :

250g (1/2 lb) whitebait (dried salted whitebait if available)

1 medium onion

2-3 green chilies

1 tbsp sugar

2 tsp ground black peppercorns

salt (optional)

75g (2.5 oz) peanuts

oil for deep frying

Method :

If dried salted whitebait (ikan bilis) is used, remove heads and backbones and wash in cold water. Drain well and shake in a cloth to dry. Fresh whitebait should be washed and dried, preferably in the sun, for about 1 hour.

Grind onion, chilies, sugar and peppercorns to a smooth paste. Set aside. Heat oil and fry whitebait until very dry and crisp, then transfer to a rack or plate covered with absorbent paper.

Pour off oil and add chili paste to the pan. Fry on high heat until seasonings begin to dry, then return whitebait to the pan and cook for a further 6 minutes, stirring continually. Add salt if fresh fish is used.

Roast peanuts under griller until crisp and golden brown. Rub off skins if preferred. Add to the pan and stir on high heat for another minute. Mix with fried whitebait. Spoon into small dishes and serve as crisp, tasty side dish with meat or vegetable curries, or as a snack with drinks.

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