Easy Sambal Ikan Bilis 简易江鱼仔叁巴

Easy sambal ikan bilis that is versatile to be used for cooking other dishes or just on its own.

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Ingredient list

1.Chilli boh 40g
2.Shallot 80g
3.Garlic 20g
4.Candlenut 10g
5.Red onion 180g
6.Tamarind 30g
7.Water 200g
8.Ikan Bilis 50g
9.Brown sugar 2 tblsp
10.Soy sauce to taste
11.Belacan powder 1tsp
12.Pink salt to taste
13.Cooking oil 80g


  1. Remove skins of shallot and garlic, blend with candlenut. Set aside.
  2. Remove skins of red onions, clean and slice them. Set aside.
  3. Soak tamarind in water, stir well.
  4. Heat wok, add cooking oil, caramelise red onion slices.
  5. Add shallot, garlic and candlenut processed in step 1.
  6. Slowly fry until the fragrance is released, add chilli boh for frying further.
  7. Pour in tamarind water through a sift to filter away tamarind seeds, add ikan bilis too. Bring to boil.
  8. Adjust the sourness by adding brown sugar, then season with belacan powder and soy sauce.
  9. Enhance the flavour with a pinch of pink salt to your taste, serve hot.


  1. You may use packet chilli boh without vinegar. If you prefer to process your own chilli, please soak dried chilli until soft.
  2. Many has posted queries about why didn’t I fried the ikan bilis for this sambal? First of all, ikan bilis releases its flavour better without frying. Second, it gives a different texture when you eat. I normally fried some ikan bilis to go with the sambal when i prepare nasi lemak to enjoy the best of both worlds.
  3. This sambal is suitable for use in cooking other dishes, like petai or to be used as condiments for steamed okra.

To view nasi lemak recipe, please click HERE.

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