Belacan Squid and Snake Beans

Belacan Squid and Snake Beans is a spicy pungent, yet delicious Malaysian inspired dish prepared with squid and snake beans stir fried with lots of shallots, chillies and a fermented shrimp paste called Belachan.


I think Filipino’s would love this Belacan Squid and Snake Beans, while the Philippine cuisine does not have a similar dish to this, its flavour profile is almost similar plus the ingredients are quite common in the region. This Malaysian dish is a simple stir-fried squid and snake beans in a spicy pungent and umami filled sauce made with shallots, chillies and belachan. Snake beans is quite a popular ingredient in the Philippines where it is used in a variety of popular dishes like Kare Kare, Ginataang Sitaw at Kalabasa and Adobong Sitaw. Same thing with squid, it is used in Pancit Malabon, Inihaw and Adobong Pusit to name some. With the belachan, while the Philippines don’t have an exact similar ingredient to this, we do have bagoong that tastes nearly similar. Combining these three together makes up this wonderful concoction that would taste similar to the Filipino palate as it tastes like pinakbet with a touch of adobong pusit.

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Belacan Squid and Snake Beans

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 3 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Malaysian

Description

Belacan Squid and Snake Beans is a spicy pungent, yet delicious Malaysian inspired dish prepared with squid and snake beans stir fried with lots of shallots, chillies and a fermented shrimp paste called Belachan.

 


Ingredients

Units Scale

Stir Fry


  • 500 g squid, sliced
  • 400 g snake beans, cut into 2-inch sections
  • 1/4 cup water
  • fish sauce
  • oil

Spice Paste

  • 3 pcs red chilies, seeded
  • 8 pcs shallots, peeled
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3/4 inch cube belacan
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. In a food processor combine all spice paste ingredients together, process until it becomes a paste. Set it aside.
  2. In a wok heat oil in medium heat then sauté spice paste for 4 to 5 minutes or until fragrant.
  3. Bring heat to high then add the snake beans and stir fry for 2 minutes.
  4. Still in high heat, add the squid then stir fry for two minutes. Add a bit of water a tablespoon at a time to prevent it from drying while you stir fry.
  5. Cover wok and cook for 2 more minutes or until snake beans are cooked but still crispy.
    Remove from wok then serve.

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6 Responses

  1. I would devour the whole dish at no time and ask for a 2nd! Looks so flavourful!

  2. Chef Mimi says:

    Wow. I’m with Angie. She and I would be fighting over this! Oh how I love squid, and the whole recipe sounds wonderful.

  3. Ooo I love squid, and this dish looks and sounds so delicious! I’ve never combined it with beans, but this looks like a great pairing.

  4. Michelle says:

    My mom would make this all the time when I was growing up, so yummy!

  5. suituapui says:

    Belacan? Squid? Count me in!!! Yum yummm!!!

  6. Hannah says:

    You might have guessed that I’m not too keen on squid, but snake beans are wonderful! I wish I could find them more easily. I’d certainly eat them often if I could!

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