Monday, June 30, 2014

Kacang Buncis Goreng Belacan (French Beans With Shrimp Paste)

Jom, mari kita goreng Kacang Buncis Goreng Belacan hari ini. Come, lets do the frying for this French Beans With Shrimp Paste. Belacan! Oh-my, oh what a joy (Sambal Belacan) for a typical Malaysian like me. Wonder how I actually ended up as someone who simply adore belacan, must be the mixing around with my Malay friends that had triggered my belacan love (Ikan Masak Belacan, Kangkung Belacan & Belacan Prawns). Belacan is the utter rocket for our local dishes, it just adds a tinge of shrimpy saltiness, those tiny shirmps that are fermented with salt, and then dried, prior to being packed and sold to Malaysians like me. Belacan (Belacan Fried Rice, Grilled Belacan FishMee Siam Kuah & Pucuk Kacang Goreng Belacan) does a whole lot of touching up and down for most of our Malaysian dishes (Fried Masala Brinjal, Ikan Asam Pedas & Sambal Bilis Belimbing), can you imagine belacan and chillies (Chilli Mutton & Chilli Steamed Fish) in this  Kacang Buncis Goreng Belacan (French Beans With Shrimp Paste). May not be everyone's food kinda (Belacan Fish Sambal), but we Malaysian just so truly love it (French Bean Tofu, Kacang Botol Tempeh & Udang Kobis). Can we now stop talking, instead tuck into Kacang Buncis Goreng Belacan (French Beans With Shrimp Paste)? Thank you.

15 (or about 300g) kacang buncis/french bean - remove string and cut into 1 inch length.
2 tbsp ikan bilis/dried anchovies - soaked for 10 mins and drain off excess water
Lime juice - as needed
1/2 tsp palm or white sugar
Salt for taste (just a pinch)
Oil as needed

For the chilli paste
5 dried chillies
3 shallots
3 garlic
1/2 inch roasted belacan/shrimp paste
** blend/ground to a rough paste

Fry anchovies in heated oil till crispy.
Remove and keep aside.
Leave about 2 tbsp of oil in the same wok/pan.
Add chilli paste; fry till aromatic and oil splits.
Put in buncis/beans.
Stir and pour tad bit of water to cook and soften beans.
(note; depends on the texture you prefer).
Add fried anchovies, lime juice and salt (if needed)
(note; belacan is salty, so please taste first)
Give a good stir and dish out. 
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  1. One of my favourite dish!!! Can eat it with plain rice!

  2. This definitely goes well with a bowl of rice! I like it so much, Nava!

  3. Hi Nava, I love kacang buncis and your version with belacan is really superb. I can have this only 1 dish with rice, no need other dishes and can sapu 2 plates of rice. You have a wonderful week ahead and regards :)

  4. I am not a very big fan of beans but this one looks good.

  5. Lovely balkan paste. Love to try this soon.

  6. Yummmiieeee....I wish like eating it right now! <3

  7. interesting recipe with addition of shrimp paste...

  8. This looks tempting..I don't like french beans though may be I should try this..

  9. thats super one with shrimp any other replacement to that paste nava?

  10. We all have such days Nava. At times, you cant wait to post a recipe and at other times the thought of writing a post seems like such a task. Yet your food always looks amazing and very inviting!

  11. That is a lovely recipe because beans are usually so boring to eat it in the same style everytime.. Thanks fr sharing :)

  12. I love french beans so this is the perfect dish to try :D

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