Anchovies fritters (Cucur Ikan Bilis) are a common tea-time snack that is quick and easy to make. This is a deep-fried fritter flavoured with anchovy; the exterior is fried to a crisp with a soft interior.
Add in other vegetables such as shredded cabbage, carrot, and chives as you like. Adding more veggies yields fritters that are softer in the centre.
Chinese Version: 炸江鱼仔酥饼
Deep-Fried Anchovies Fritters (Cucur Ikan Bilis) Recipe
Yield: 25 pieces
Ingredients for Chili Sauce:
- 100ml water
- 1½ tsp vinegar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 20g sugar
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 clove garlic
- ½ tsp Tapioca starch + 1 Tbsp. water
Ingredients for Batter:
- 200g all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp pepper
- ½ tsp chicken stock powder
- 50g dried anchovies
- 50g onion
- 1 red chili
- 1 bulb scallion (spring onion)
- 2 Tbsp. oil
- 150 ml of water
1 Chili Sauce: Mix 100ml water, 1½ tsp vinegar, ¼ tsp salt, 20g sugar, and 2 tsp chili powder, stir with a spatula until the mixture is well blended.
2 Mix in 1 clove of pressed garlic.
3 Bring the mixture to a boil in a saucepan, reduce to low heat and simmer for 1 and a half minutes, you need to keep stirring.
4 Mix ½ teaspoon of tapioca starch with 1 tablespoon of water, add it to chili sauce and keep stirring until the sauce has thickened.
4.1 Spicy dipping chili sauce
5 Wash dried anchovies and drain well, coarsely chopped anchovies with an electric chopper or knife.
6 Cut onions into strips, deseed and slice fresh red chili, and chop scallions.
7 Mix together all dry ingredients for batter.
8 Combine the dry ingredients with 2 tablespoons of oil and 150ml water, use a spatula to mix all ingredients into a sticky batter; the consistency of very wet dough.
9 Set aside to rest the mixture for 15 minutes.
10 Heat enough oil for deep frying to 140°C-150°C (about 280°F-300°F), scoop a dollop of batter, approximately 1-2 tablespoons of batter, and drop gently into the hot oil. Fry them until golden brown on both sides; shake off excess oil with a wire skimmer.
11 Serve warm with the homemade chilli sauce.