Stir Fried Sambal Belacan Long Beans
That's the Malaysian dish ordered by Billy, my husband, for lunch on our last day in Kuala Lumpur.
We both liked it so I tried to guess how it is made by giving the ingredients a good munch. I saw anchovies among the beans! Billy said he misses anchovies. I was certain I still had some in the ref at home. :)
Challenged by what I tasted but too tired from the trip back to Manila, I had no time to search about how to make sambal belacan. I ended with this--- Stir Fried String Beans with Dried Anchovies and Shrimp Paste.
Yeah, I had to make do without the sambal belacan sauce. Afterall, I wasn't sure if any of us would have tolerated the real spicy flavor.
Here's how I did my own modified version of the dish.
1 cup dried anchovies
1 tbsp garlic
1 medium onion, sliced
2 tbsps shrimp paste
1 bunch string beans, cut
1 large tomato, cut
1. Heat anchovies in pan until brown and crispy. Add just a very little oil on pan. Cook anchovies in oil. Set aside.
2. Using the same pan, but adding a little more oil, saute garlic, onion and shrimp paste.
3. Add string beans. Simmer until tender. Add tomatoes.
4. Sprinkle anchovies on top of beans mixture.
5. Serve with hot rice.
The finished product which, to my husband, was "simply perfect"!!!!
But if you would like to get a taste of the original recipe, here are two recipes I found from the net that describe how to make sambal belacan. I would love to try these very soon! This weekend maybe!?? Just click on the links below.