Ikan Bilis Powder
Ikan Bilis Powder Recipe
Ikan bilis come in vary degrees of saltiness depending on the type you buy and as a general guide, I recommend rinsing them in two changes of water before use; but if your ikan bilis is the extra-salty variety, you may need another 1-2 rinses. At the same time, do not over-rinse the ikan bilis; the ikan bilis powder needs to be quite salty to work its magic as a seasoning condiment.
- 150 grams ikan bilis/anchovies/江鱼仔 (any amount, as long as it can fit one layer on a baking tray; about 200 grams per tray)
You also need:
- flat baking tray
- an electric blender with straight blade (instead of crossed) which is good for pulverising dry ingredients to powder form
- if you don’t have a blender, you can also use a mortar and pestle to pound them into powder form
- Rinse the ikan bilis in two changes of water to reduce the excess saltiness (if the type you bought is very salty, you may need to rinse a few more times).
- Pat dry the ikan bilis on paper towels and arrange them one flat layer on a baking tray. For best results, allow to air dry before baking in the oven.
- Bake the ikan bilis in a preheated oven of 180°C (356°F) or about 10 – 15 minutes, until they just turned a lovely light brown.
- Use a spatula to stir and spread the ikan bilis evenly, then continue baking at 200°C (392°F) for another 10 minutes, or until they turn a shade of golden brown. At this point, they should be crispy and makes a great snack too.
- Add the baked ikan bilis in an electric blender and blend for about 30 seconds, or until they become powder form. Store in an airtight container in a cool and dry place.
Noob Cook Tip:
Since you are “eating” the ikan bilis, buy the cleaner varieties (preferably the ones which have been degutted; head & tail removed).