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French Beans Belacan

Vegetables
Category
Vegetables

Easy
Difficulty
Easy

Total Time
Total Time
Prep 15 M / Cook 10 M

Servings
Yield
2 Servings

Grace Teo
Grace Teo   thegraceteo
Published on January 11, 2013

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Ingredients

1 tbsp
shrimps (dried)
6
chilli peppers (dried)  
2
shallot(s)  
3
garlic clove(s)
4 tbsp
oil
2 tsp
shrimp paste (dried)
250 g
french beans
salt
2 tbsp
water

Background

Belacan can be very pungent. The smell itself can be such a turn off, especially to those who have no love for it! However, shrimp paste or belacan actually enhances the flavours of many dishes in the Malaysian cuisine.

One extremely famous vegetable dish cooked with belacan is “Kangkung Belacan” which uses water spinach. For this recipe, I opted for french beans instead. French beans are crunchier whereas kangkung, a leafy vegetable, is usually much softer after cooking. The crunchiness of the french beans together with the dried shrimps give more texture to this delicious dish.

Steps

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Step 1/3

Soak dried shrimps and dried chillies separately in hot water for 10 minutes. Then, remove the seeds from the dried chillies. Roughly bend shallots, garlic, dried shrimps and dried chillies.

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Step 2/3

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp shrimp paste (dried)
  • 2 tbsp oil

Heat up oil on medium heat. Fry the blended ingredients until fragrant. Add 'belacan' and give the dish a few quick stirs.

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Step 3/3

  • 250 g french beans
  • salt
  • 2 tbsp water

Add french beans and some water. Mix well and add salt to taste. Simmer at low heat till the beans are cooked.

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