O, I love these so much. When I was a kid, you could buy these from a neighbour’s house. Just stick 5 cents into the window and say, “Cik, ikan bilis kachang”, and a hand would pass a small plastic bag of this wonderful combo though the same window. What an adventure.

So simple to make, takes only 5 minutes. They are so addictive, you simply cannot put them down.12687776_10208660195012425_4868622002951412235_n

Sambal Ikan Bilis

Sambal Ikan Bilis


1 cup ikan bilis

1 cup nuts with skin on

2 tablespoon of sambal

1 Tbsp sugar


2 red chilies (I used 1 fresh and 1 dried)

1/2 big onion

5 cloves garlic

1 Tbsp belachan

1 Tbsp dried prawn

1 white part of lemon grass finely sliced (optional)

2 kaffir leaves (optional)


  1. Blend or pound the ingredients for the sambal.
  2. Deep fry nuts for 5 minutes, and drain oil.
  3. Deep fry ikan bilis for 2 minutes, drain and set aside.
  4. In a medium hot pan, heat 1 tbsp of oil.
  5. Fry the sambal until oil exudes, and the paste darkened.
  6. Stir the nuts and ikan bilis through the sambal mixture.
  7. Add the sugar, and remove from heat when the sugar has melted.