Friday, March 9, 2007

Vegan deep fried anchovy (ikan bilis)

Vegetarians don't eat fish. When it comes to traditional dishes requiring fish, we substitute the "fish" with other ingredients. In several countries in South East Asia, such as Singapore, Nasi Lemak is one of the traditional dishes requiring deep fried anchovy. The vegetarian version of Nasi Lemak varies, and some may not even contain mock anchovies. In one of the vegetarian stalls across the causeway in Malaysia, their Nasi Lemak uses those mock anchovies and it's pretty good, but their recipe may be different from the one I am about to share with you.

How are vegetarian anchovies made then? The recipe of this dish is not known by many. But I came across the recipe and now you can learn how to do it as well. How well your vegetarian anchovy will taste, my guess is to vary the batter ingredients and add in other condiments. The recipe is also suitable for vegans.
You will need the following ingredients:
2 pieces Yuba (also known as tofu skin or bean curd sheet) - cut into 8 by 11 inches
4 pieces of Nori seaweed squares - cut each piece into 6 pieces of 1.25 by 8 inches
Batter ingredients include the following:
6 tbsp water
6 tbsp flour
3 tbsp rice flour
1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper (this can vary depending on your preference)
msg (optional)

1. Mix the batter ingredients evenly
2. Spread batter on the 2 Yubas and on 2 pieces of (1.25 by 8 inches) Nori
3. Put the Nori pieces side by side on the Yuba, roll up Yuba to form a long strip, flatten it
4. Steam for 15 minutes
5. Cool the strip and leave overnight before cutting into Anchovy shapes6. Deep fry until colour turns golden and it's ready to be served

4 comments:

Heikki said...

This is great, I have to try this and make some Nasi Lemak! I used to love it when I was living in Malaysia (was not vegan back then). Thanks for sharing this.

Heikki said...

I finally got around making these, they tasted great! I messed up their shape though, I didn't manage to roll the yuba properly, so the end result looked more like mussels or something. Guess I need more practice making mock meat dishes. =)

kakakmu Jannah said...

Question about this in the batter recipe--

"1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp batter"

Are you saying that to mix the batter you have to add ¼ tsp of batter? Not sure if I'm understanding this right.

dreamy said...

Dear Kakakmu,

Sorry there was a mistake in the recipe... it should be "1/4 tsp pepper" and not "1/4 tsp batter", I will change that now.

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