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Stir-fried Ladies Fingers (Okra) with Belacan (Shrimp Paste) Recipe

Monday, September 08, 2008 | Labels: , , , , |

What do you do when you are free at home and you don't feel like trawling the malls? You pound belacan! (this is a joke btw) At least that's what I did - I took the chance to make more of my stinkily addictive belacan for today's feature, stir-fried ladies fingers with belacan. So simple - a lot of Malaysians will tell you that they can have about 2-3 bowls of rice with this cheap and easy dish. As I mentioned in my earlier post, Stir-fried Taro Leaves with Belacan , the magical ingredient, belacan is really an acquired taste - I started acquiring this taste since I was a child! Okra is also known as ladies fingers - I remember asking my mom why would people want to cook somone's fingers when I was still a child and of course I heard peals of laughter, at that time I did not understand of course but the shape of the okra does resemble the slender fingers of a lady right?


Closer view


12 ladies fingers or okra, sliced
2 cloves garlic, sliced
2 tbsp belacan - (I add dried shrimp, dried chillis and shallots to 1 tbsp belacan and pound together)


Firstly, heat up 1 tbsp cooking oil in a wok or pan. Saute the garlic slices until fragrant and add the belacan. Stir-fry briskly. Add in the okra slices and about 4 tbsps water. Stir-fry till cooked. Serve hot with rice.

My specially treated belacan

Mortar and Pestle is a must for pounding scrumptious belacan


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tigerfish said...

I like okra cooked like this! So good with steamed rice.

lilyng said...

how i wish i own this mortar and pestle.

Tastes of Home said...

Ok lah Lily, next year this is your bday present! LOL

Beachlover said...

my favourite dish okra sambal belacan!!.yumyum!!.I like to use mortar and pestal to make small amount of spices:P

Rasa Malaysia said...

Another dish that I love, which I haven't made for a while.

Tastes of Home said...

BL - yes, the M&P is so useful!

RM - this is such a popular Msian dish right? thanks!

JimmyK said...

Why is my picture of a girl?  I'M A MAN!

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