Monday, April 9, 2012

Sambal Tumis Ikan Bilis Petai

Petai. The food love, green pod ingredient of mine is up and about again today. Yes foodies. How can petai not be a repetitive? Petai. Can you still recall (Sambal Petai Udang Kering & Sambal Bilis Petai)? No, no. Not the same recipe. Not the same as the previous. It is the other side of the coin. The other Ikan Bilis Petai/ Stink Beans Anchovies (Nyonya Fish Sambal, Sambal Udang, & Belacan Fish Sambal). Mouthwatering and mouth packing making all you petai lovers to salivate right? Precisely (Sambal Sotong & Malaysian Spicy Sour Fish Soup Noodles). Least gravy kinda, a dry style in fact, and our Malaysian (Gado Gado & Malaysian Lamb Curry Noodles), forever petai pride. Petai trended alongside ikan bilis/anchovies (Spicy Potato Bilis & Ikan Bilis Fried Mee Hoon), belacan/shrimp paste, chillies (Chilli Soy Fish & Sweet Chilli Chicken) and lime juice. Enjoy petai lovers. Don't forget to stand by a few plates of cooked rice please. Take care. I'll catch up with you  again. 

200g (1 packet) petai pods - sliced into smaller pieces
100g (a handful) small anchovies - soaked for 10 mins and drained
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp sugar
5 tbsp oil
Salt for taste

To pound/ground
5 shallots
5 red chillies
2 birds eye chillies (optional)
1/2 inch roasted belacan 

Fry anchovies in heated oil till crispy and brown in color.
Remove and keep aside.
In the same oil, fry the grounded/pounded ingredients for 2 to 3 minutes.  
Add beans, stir and cook.
(Note; cooking time varies, depending on the texture of the petai you prefer)
Add in lime juice, sugar and salt.
Stir all in together and remove from heat. 


  1. U're right, Nava! My family hates Petai. Can I just have the anchovies pleeeeese! Heehee!

  2. Interesting legume here. I have never seen or heard of these. However, your link was helpful. The other ingredients sound like they would be a great blend to add to many veggies to have a nice pop of flavor. Great post!

  3. The combination petai and anchovies is something new to me. Will keep this recipe in mind =)

  4. The chilis in this dish are calling my name!

  5. How interesting - I have never had petai. I'd love to try them, though, it sounds like an experience!

  6. Stink beans doesn't do them many favours! Really interesting dish, never seen anything similar.

  7. i absolutely love this dish. love petai and i like this dish even more when its cooked with the skin.

  8. I'm very curious to know what something called "stink beans" actually smells like. With that said, I love anchovies and pretty much all legumes, so I bet I'd like this.

  9. Stink beans???? I have a feeling they wouldn't be popular in my picky household! But I'm willing to give them a your dish is stunning!

  10. I have never heard or seen these beans, checked your link for benefits.I am sure I can eat this. Anything with lemon and sugar would taste good.

  11. uhhhhh .. petai is not my type of food..
    maybe when i was younger my parents didn't cook this dish at home..
    but my parents like the dish ..

  12. I remember these! And remember having to peel them for my granny! I was one of the few who loved them, in my family! Awesome!

  13. I've never heard of these but surely sounds like something i'd like to try. Great idea to add veggies. Sounds like a wholesome dish. :)

  14. Hi Nava,
    This is an interesting post. I have never heard of this bean before but would love to try this dish! looks so colorful and healthy.

  15. This beans is so popular over here but not everyone can digest them. Its really good for health and now my other half is slowing learning to eat the beans or petai.

  16. Looks delicious especially with the ikan bilis sambal! I know petai is good for us but I am not quite keen on the taste. :D

  17. i love petai so much is my fravor :3

  18. I miss petai!! And you know what.. I ate petai when furthering studies in KL and their petai is much different in taste with ours here in Sabah. Sabah's taste much better with strong smell of petai!!

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  19. My mom is famous for her petai sambal. Me on the other hand, don't share the same affection for petai ;)

  20. A plate of rice will not be enough with this dish

  21. platter looks delicious. Interesting legume.


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