Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Bean Sprouts with Salted Fish

This dish is simply delicious and such an easy stir-fry. The only difficult part is plucking off the tails and shoots of the beansprouts. How i wish my mother was here as she was the one who will patiently do this prison duty.

1/2 lb beansprouts - tails and shoots removed
1 small piece salted fish, preferably threadfish - cut into tiny pieces
2 slices ginger
1 clove garlic - chopped
1 tbsp fish sauce
3 tbsp cooking oil
2 stalks spring onions - cut into inch length

Heat oil and fry the salted fish until fragrant. Dish out without the oil and leave aside.
Add in ginger and garlic to the oil and saute until golden brown,
Add in the beansprouts, stir well and add in fish sauce.
Return the salted fish and spring onions. Stir fry until spring onions wilt slightly.
Dish out and serve hot.



Suzen said...

Oh! How I wish I am able to find salted fish here in Paris. That is one thing that I truly miss. Bean Sprouts are among one of my favorite veggies. I made the bean sprouts per your directions a few times and each time it turned out great. Now if I can only smuggle some dried fish back to Paris when I go back to the states next week!

Thanks for the super recipe!

lilyng said...


i am sure you can get salted fish in paris. I bet the vietnamese store carry them.

Lee Ping said...

Dear Auntie Lily,
I miss eating this dish. Can we get salted fish in the US?

Anonymous said...

one of my fav dishes. will defintely try it out and let you know how it turn out.

lilyng said...

lee ping

you could get salted fish but the fish might not be the same type like the ones in malaysia

Anonymous said...

Hahaha, Lily, "prison duty" what a way to describe it...but i love plucking beansprout, so next time u cook this again, send them to SIN first...been following yr blog but never left any comments....
have a nice day, k

Tastes of Home said...

hi lily, this is one of my fav again! haha, I must go and look for salted fish in Ranch haha

lilyng said...


i will certainly take your offer to do this duty. ha ha

keep coming back to my blog for i have more recipes to be posted

thanks for visiting

Anonymous said...

Halo Auntie Lily,

I love this dish and am going to try it out. A few of my friends are vegetarian. Do you have a recommendation for a replacement for salted fish that can still bring out a "strong" flavour?

Ah Ming

Jennifer said...

Ah ming,

You can do this if you like, cut firm tofu into small cubes then pan fried till golden then fried it with the beansprouts with some carrot strips, add some salt to taste.


mommibee said...

I love this poor man's dish! yumm i could almost smell the salted fish.

lilyng said...


thanks for coming to my rescue. i thought of suggesting using the 'sweet puchuk' - cut into strips and deep fried but i could not figure out the fishy strong flavor. Help anyone

Ah ming,

i hope these replacements for the salted fish agree with you and come back to read if any other reader can help with the sauce.

lilyng said...


this is no more a poor man's dish. Salted fish can be expensive, depending on the type of fish and where you are.

Poor man's, rich man's, this is a simple dish. i love it too

Anonymous said...

Terima kasih Jennifer and Auntie Lily.

Ah Ming

Anonymous said...

When choosing salted fish, what type of fish would you recommend that I look for in U.S.? There are a few different choices and I am not sure which is best. I usually go for croaker but sometimes it's just alright.

Also, I have recently went back to Malaysia and was looking for Tean Gourmet's or Delimas' spice paste packets but was not able to find it in supermarket like Jusco, etc. Any ideas where I could find these?


lilyng said...


try looking for boneless fillet and see if you could get the ones in the bottle of which the fish is steeped in oil. Buy the ones which come from malaysia.

my daughter who is in malaysia, said that she bought them from Giant and Tesco. They do run out fast.

chumpman said...

I like plucking beansprout since I was a kid. Agreed with auntie Lilynd, it was no longer a poor man's dish coz salted fish can be really pricey.

I ususally make beansprouts with lean pork and sichuan char choy

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