Kacang buncis goreng belacan (french beans with shrimp paste)

4 servings
20 min
20 min
Very Easy
A typical Malaysian style; an amalgamation of chillies, belacan and fried ikan bilis/anchovies.


Number of serving: 4
15 kacang buncis/french bean (or about 300g ; remove string and cut into 1 inch length)

2 tbsp ikan bilis/dried anchovies (soaked for 10 mins and drain off excess water)

Lime juice (as needed)

1/2 tsp palm or white sugar

Salt for taste (just a pinch)

Oil as needed

For the chilli paste :

5 dried chillies

3 shallots

1/2 inch roasted belacan/shrimp paste (blend/ground to a rough paste)


  • Fry anchovies in heated oil till crispy.
    Remove and keep aside.
    Leave about 2 tbsp of oil in the same wok/pan.
  • Add chilli paste; fry till aromatic and oil splits.
    Put in buncis/beans.
    Stir and pour tad bit of water to cook and soften beans.
    (note; depends on the texture you prefer).
  • Add fried anchovies, lime juice and salt (if needed)
    (note; belacan is salty, so please taste first)
    Give a good stir and dish out.


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