Friday, May 29, 2009

Spicy Peanut and Anchovies

I love this dish:Peanut and Anchovies in sambal. My grandma used to cook this spicy crunchy ,fishy and nutty scrumptious dish!! I recalled few years ago when I see the same similar dish selling at the fridge section in Asian market in NYC. I thought the snack or dish will taste the same as I used to eat since the appearance is almost the same.But to my disappointment it's not sweet or spicy at all!! It's was make by Taiwanese as we know Taiwanese like their food bland. I'm hate cleaning or peeling anchovies,so I try my best to look for ready peeled or cleaned anchovies in any Asian market. Whenever I found cleaned anchovies have stock,I quickly grab few pounds for storage.
1 /2 lb shelled off peanut,fried or toast without oil
300 gm cleaned anchovies + 2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp tamarind powder
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt *optional*
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds for garnishing

1:Mix oil with anchovies in a large plate,microwave at high for 1 minute,then stir anchovies again ,microwave for another I minute or until fragrant or lightly brown,set aside.
2:Fry shelled off peanut until fragrant and lightly brown,set aside.
3:Heat skillet or pan at medium low heat with 4 tbsp sambal-tumis-sauteed-chili-paste, then combine ,seasoning,toasted peanut and fried anchovies.Mix well,not let's it burnt then dish out.
4:Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and serve as snack or with rice or porridge.


Anonymous said...

I love this snack. Great with beer too.

Cindy Khor said...

this reminds me so much of sambal... looks good...

Angie's Recipes said...

Oh, those remind me of those good old times........
Ellie was right, perfect with beer....

pigpigscorner said...

What a coincidence! I made some chili anchovies too but mine was just with sugar and chilli. Yours sounds wonderful with the chili paste!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Wah, salivating liao. I loved this snack! I didn't know there is such thing as tamarind powder until my friend's brother said so at her memorial day BBQ party. Now I need to look for it, sounds so much easier.

My Asian Kitchen said...

oh yes!! beer!! I rememeber they serve this kind of snack during Happy Hour!!


oh yea..I remember when I was young, we eat this snack with porridge..maybe I should make more to eat with beer as you guys suggested! thanks!

I'm sure your taste good too..Mine is only extra belacan in the chili sauce! if I don't have sambal paste I also cook with sugar and chili sauce!

you must look for Tamarind powder! it's never too's really easy ,no mess like adding salt into your dish..I start using tamarind powder 10 years ago when I lived in NYC..Every Asian store do carry this item..

Jo said...

Yummy, one of our fav snacks and I love to pile this on top of my nasi lemak. Delicious.

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