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Bean Sprouts and Salted Fish Stir-fry Recipe

Monday, January 18, 2010 | Labels: , , , |

Bean Sprouts stir-fried with salted fish is a very common and well-loved dish in most Chinese homes. The salted fish add a strong aromatic flavour to the relatively mild tasting bean sprouts. However, salted fish is very pungent and is an acquired taste for most unexposed palates, due to the high level of sodium, it is also not advisable to consume in large quantities. Nevertheless, I indulge myself now and then as salted fish just adds an irreplaceable flavour to a lot of dishes.


I added some red chilli pepper slices for some spice and colour as well. Definitely try this dish at home, you can skip the salted fish if you wish. Some versions of this dish include adding fried tofu packets. Incidentally, this dish is also commonly served with Hainanese Chicken Rice as a side-dish. This is a very easy to make and delicious stir-fry at home, also a change to the usual green vegetables. Bean sprouts are essentially very young vegetables and are usually made from mung beans, harvested before growing leaves.


When cooking bean sprouts, be sure not to cook for too long as once they are overcooked, they will start to brown and the texture will be too soft.


2 cups worth of bean sprouts, soaked and drained
2 cloves garlic, sliced or minced
1 stalk green onion, sliced lengthwise
1 red chilli pepper, sliced
2 tbsps worth of salted fish
Soy sauce, to taste


Firstly, saute the garlic and chilli pepper slices till fragrant. Next, add the salted fish bits and fry till golden and aromatic. Add the green onions and stir-fry for about 10-20 seconds. Finally, add the bean sprouts and stir around for about 30 seconds. Add some soy sauce (about 1-2 tsps) or to taste. Serve hot with rice or congee.


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jen said...

i like it with the salted fish as well. simply love the aroma :)))

Tastes of Home said...

thanks jen..though the variety of salted fish here is quite limited hehe

A Full-Timed Housefly said...

I love this dish with lots of spring onion , although this is a very simple dish , cooking it is quite a trick. I have an award for you , kindly pick it up from my blog , thanks !

Tastes of Home said...

^ thanks so much for the award! very nice of you! Say Hi to Paddy for me! :)

wendyywy said...

I think adding some pepper powder will make the beansprouts taste better..

Yeah and as AFThousefly said, with spring onion.. makes it green and pretty :)

Carolyn Jung said...

You know, I've never thought to use salted fish in this way. Usually, I just use it in rice or in the traditional steamed pork patty dish. I love how easy this side dish is to make. I'm definitely going to have to give this a whirl.

tigerfish said...

You are one of them who do not mind the roots of the bean sprouts I supposed ;p

Jen said...

wendy - ur rite! I did but I was low on green onions haha

Carolyn - thanks! hope u'll like it :)

TF - I'm just lazy sometimes but yeah guess I don't mind it enough :P

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