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Stir Fried French Beans with Anchovies Chili Paste


This stir fried french beans with anchovies chili paste is popular in Malay cuisine. It is cook with anchovies and chili shrimp paste which is extremely versatile and the chili shrimp paste is a great base for many dishes from vegetables like water spinach, stuffed in fish and used in fried rice.


1 cup dried anchovies, rinsed in water and drained
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 packet of french beans, sliced at an angle
1 tsp tamarind juice
A pinch of salt

Chili shrimp paste-pounded:
6 shallots, peeled
8 red chilli peppers - remove seeds for less spiciness
1-2 tbsp of dried shrimp, soaked in water briefly
1-2 tbsp of shrimp paste


After preparing the chili shrimp paste, set aside.

Blanch the french beans in hot water for a quick minute. Remove from water and drain.

Heat about 1 tbsp of oil in a wok or pan and saute the garlic until fragrant. Then add about 4 tbsp of the prepared chili shrimp paste and tamarind juice and stir-fry for about 1 minute.

Add the anchovies and stir quickly to coat. Finally, add in the blanched french beans and stir for about 1 minute to coat well.

Add a pinch of salt if required. Serve hot with steamed rice.

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