Dried anchovies (Malay: ikan bilis) is a very popular side dish in Southeast Asia. Deep-fried anchovies are usually served with nasi lemak, or cooked with sambal chili.

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Crispy Deep-Fried Dried Anchovies (Ikan Bilis) | MyKitchen101en

Ingredients:

  • 100 g dried anchovies (heads & intestines removed)
  • 500 ml cooking oil

Directions:

1 Rinse the cleaned anchovies 3 times to remove excess salt.

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2 Dry thoroughly with kitchen towel.

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3 Heat the cooking oil to 160ºC, add in anchovies, stir occasionally. (Reminder: Increase the amount of cooking oil if you have increased the amount of anchovies.) 

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4 When anchovies have turned golden-brown and amount of bubble has reduced, it is time to remove from heat.

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5 Drain and cool the fried anchovies on an oil strainer, the crispy fried anchovies are ready to be served!

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