Saturday, July 20, 2013

Nasi Goreng Belacan Ikan Bilis (Shrimp Paste Anchovies Fried Rice)


Believe me when I say belacan/ fermented shrimp indeed is sort of a must for Malaysian sambal dishes. The shrimp is also the startler for the ever loved spicy dip sambal belacan.

Between the various types of belacan, Malacca belacan I would consider as the best. Something magical about how it is made and sold as big blocks, to keep the belacan as long as you want, cut into pieces, dry in the sun and store in the fridge. Before adding into dishes, roast it up to release the strong smell and a small piece is enough for a small amount of dish for it is strongly flavoured and quite salty too. So taste the dishes before adding salt.
This fried rice is another startler. It startles your appetite with the true Malaysian big bold flavours. Oomphh!!

Ingredients
3 cups cooked white rice
3 tbsp tiny anchovies -soaked and rinsed
5 shallots - sliced thinly
5 garlic - chopped
10 long beans - sliced into tiny rings
Spring onions for garnishing - slice
4 tbsp oil
Salt (only if needed)
To blend/ground or use the sambal belacan.
5 fresh red chillies
1/2 inch belacan - roasted

Method
In the heated oil, fry anchovies till crispy.
Remove and keep aside.
In the same oil, sauté shallots and garlic.
Add chilli-belacan paste and stir.
Add rice and stir all together.
Lastly add anchovies and long beans.
Give a good stir and remove from heat.
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37 comments:

  1. Hi Nava, your belachan fried rice is extremely good. I can practically smell the fragrant scene in JB. :))

    Very very appetizing one pot meal, guess I need 2 plates, please!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. Oh, you made your own blend of chilli + belachan! I can see that you made a few containers for storing for future use! What an effort!

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  3. Wow!Belacan bloks,the best that i have tasted so far are the belacan from Kg Kuala Nyalau,Bintulu
    because they have abundance of shrimps during the season where the sea could be seen turning reddish!

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  4. Fried rice looks very very inviting and tempting. Lovely and quick super delicious...

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  5. I love nasi goring vegetarian version, would love to make that paste. looks awesome.

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  6. Wow, this fried rice is so attemting, i like this.

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  7. Oh yum. I can see how flavorful this fried rice is. I grew up with shrimp paste and love that distinct flavor (not my kids though...lol). My hubby and I would definitely enjoy this fried rice.

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  8. Looks so tempting. This rice must be really spicy

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  9. wow..fried rice looks yummy..lovely clicks

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  10. this looks so good ! interesting recipe Nava !

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  11. nasi goreng from indonesia,,i like nasi goreng.Denny blogspot,,Please visit & support me back teman. THX & BW.

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  12. Ohh, I love fried rice, any combination works just fine, I would say fried rice is one of those fool proof recipes for sure.
    I remember this ingredient belecan in many of your recipes. Also I learned something about belecan from your post, good to know!
    Your fried rice look perfect and appetizing. The paste is a good idea, I have never added red chilli in fried rice, I must try that to see how the flavor of the rice turn out to be! Also looks like no sauces required, so a natural taste, good one.

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  13. Fermented shrimp ,I have not heard of it before .This is such an interesting recipe.

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  14. Shrimp and fried rice is one of my favourites and this combo just looks heavenly...can wait to try it over.

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  15. I'll love that paste...you know how it is with us. We loved fermented fish and shrimp would taste lovely too. Most tempting meal on your plate!

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  16. One of my fav is nasi goreng ikan bilis
    Hmmm mayb next time I will add done bekacan to make it more fragrant

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  17. Gosh, u're killing me with this dish! My family likes to go to a Muslim/Indian coffee shop to order their Ikan Bilis Fried Rice cause it's real yummy. Love the addition of Belachan!

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  18. The fried rice looks very delicious. I love the Belchan flavour in cooked food but before cooking the smell makes me really sick. I have brought these belchan block twice from the supermarket & the moment I get that strong fishy smell I dont cook with them. Although I love to have it outside in the food outlets.

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  19. Fried rice is my moms's special and my favourite,your looks so colorful and yum ! Though Belachan is something new to me :) Lovely clicks too Nava :)

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  20. Nava this new version of fried rice looks good. Is Belacan the same shrimp paste that is used in most Singaporean or Malaysian dishes. I made sambal fish that called for shrimp paste but instead I used fish sauce. I have heard a lot of praise for shrimp paste from others as well. Now I have to look for it in the Asian grocers.

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  21. Love your fried rice version.. Tempting clicks.. I have seen sambal in indian grocery. Never tried a recipe with it..

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  22. Hey Nava the rice looks great..:-) I am still to get used the Belacans :-)

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  23. The ingredients are new to me and the dish looks amazing. Such an irresistible dish

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  24. You rightly said that the smell can be overpowering for some people. I can't imagine dried or fermented shrimp or fish for that matter. However, I believe I would enjoy it in this delicious looking nasi-goreng. Perhaps its strong flavors would get mellowed along with the other ingredients.

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  25. Your food always looks so tasty, I wish I was your neighbor.

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  26. very colorful nava.. like ur version here..

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  27. oh!this looks great and colourful....this belacan cubes are new to me

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  28. You know Me, I'm a big fan of rice, I wish I have belacan here to make this simple and tasty fried rice,YUMMY :)

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  29. I have heard a lot about fermented shrimp but yet to try it out. Love your fried rice. Its just so vibrant and mouthwatering. I could eat it out of the screen:-)

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  30. your recipes are extremely with a change, love the flavors and combinations...

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  31. Wow! This is definitely one of my favorite and of course sambal belacan is the paste that i love to add for nasi goreng and mee goreng. Very colorful rice !!!

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  32. wow, looks so wonderful. Never used shrimp paste. But i guess it would be worth having one.

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  33. Wow, that looks like my kinda dish.. I have never tasted shrimp paste, but wud love to try on some soon !

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  34. good recipe for me to put my recent belacan purchase to good use. Not sure why I bought them since I hardly cook with belacan.

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  35. Looks so tempting.. Drooling here..

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  36. I know its taste...your homemade one will be super yum...

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