Stir Fried Spinachs with Ikan Bilis

Yummy Bakes | 9:02 AM |
Nowadays, almost every dinner, I will have a plate of vegetables but often wonder what's next for the next dinner?
My eyes brightened when I saw this posted by  The crispy ikan bilis really caught my attention... The ikan bilis gives an extra savory kick to this dish.  Am very contented just to have this dish alone with a bowl of rice.

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Ingredients (serves 2)

- 1 small handful of ikan bilis (dried anchovies), rinsed and pat dry
- 1 carrot, peeled and sliced thinly
- 3 tbsp cooking oil
- 200g round/sharp spinach
- 3 slices ginger, sliced thinly
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 tbsp Chinese wine

Sauce (A)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
- 1/2 tbsp sesame oil


1. Separate spinach leaves and stems. Snap the stem into 5 cm length, pulling and discarding the strings.

2. Heat oil and add ikan bilis, cooking until golden brown and crispy, about 3 minutes. Drain ikan bilis from oil and set aside.

3. Using the remaining oil in the wok, add garlic and ginger. Saute until fragrant.

4. Add spinach stems and carrot slices. Stir fry for about 2 minutes until just softened.

5. Add spinach leaves and sauce (A). Stir fry until the leaves are wilted. Then cover with lid and let the contents simmer for 30 seconds.

6. Drizzle Chinese wine on the sides of the wok, off the flame when you smell the aroma of the wine.

7. Dish into serving plate and top with the previously fried ikan bilis.



  1. I don't mind having only this with rice either! I love simple stir-fried veggies like this! Yum!

  2. Chris, next time cook more and share with me. I can eat a lot hor... :DD

  3. I like your generous amount of ikan bilis and the beautiful flower-shaped carrot slices. Thanks for trying out my recipe :)

  4. oh yes, fried ikan bilis is very nice on its own, doesnt need much seasoning! i'm sure this is a very nice dish!

  5. Kitchen Flavours - Thanks.

    Anncoo - certainly and would love to share with you.

    noobcook - thanks for sharing so I have a chance to enjoy this.

    lena - you are right. It's just stir-fry with very basic ingredients.

  6. Chris, my mum used to make this dish but it seemed a long time she last did it. Thanks for the reminder. I am going to make this dish one of these evenings for dinner and surprise her. She will sure ask how I know how cos I did not ask her for the recipe. Remember I just started cooking a year ago? Hehe

  7. Quay Po Cooks - good idea to surprise your mum and see what she comments on your dish. :)


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