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Sambal Ikan Bilis (Anchovies) with Snake Beans September 30, 2006

Posted by Angeleyes in Medium Stir-fry, Vegetables.

Bought some snake beans (the broader and more wrinkles version of the normal long beans) but not sure what to cook with… then saw the ikan bilis my mom bought for me during her last visit so decided to clear them. Since we like spicy with a little sourish type of food, the idea for sambal ikan bilis kicks in. 🙂



  • 350-400gm Snake beans
  • 150gm Ikan bilis (anchovies) – medium size
  • 2 Onions
  • 5pcs Dried chilies
  • 2pcs Fresh red chilies
  • 250ml Tamarind juice
  • 5pcs Shallots
  • 2 Cloves garlic
  • Salt and sugar for taste
  • 50ml Water


  1. Blend dried chilies, fresh chilies, shallots and garlic. Wash ikan bilis and drain all the water.
  2. Heat up wok with 2tblsp of oil and fry the ikan bilis till fragrant and slightly crispy look then lift up and fry onions until soft.
  3. Then add in the blended items and continue stirring for about a minute.
  4. Put in the fried ikan bilis into the fried onions with the chillies paste. Fried for a while and add in the tamarind juice. Cover for 5 minutes with occassional stirring so the paste will not dry up.
  5. Once the paste look thick add in salt and sugar to taste and it’s ready.
  6. Cut snake beans into about 4cm long. Heat up wok with 2 tblsp oil and fry till a little crisp looking.
  7. Add in the sambal ikan bilis and continue frying for about 2 minutes.
  8. Add in some water and continue frying for another 3 minutes.
  9. Once the mixture looks thick, lift up and it’s ready to serve.

Note: For tamarind juice, add more tamarind if you prefer a more sourish taste.