Monday, March 29, 2010

Stir-fried Asparagus with Belachan

This is a 'personal dish' because everyone at home hates belachan. So I eat it alone. :(

Belachan is made from fermented ground shrimp and the smell of belachan is very strong. I have to use 3 ziploc bags to store it to minimize the smell. My daughter says I cook 'smelly' vegetables each time I use belachan. And each time after cooking any dish with belachan, I have to open all the windows and spray air-freshener so my husband will not make too much noise when he returns from work. =_="

I guess Belacan is the durian in cooking. The smell is so pungent that you either hate it of love it. And I love it. :P

Ingredients (for one person):
  • 6 Asparagus, skinned and sliced
  • 2 clove Garlic, minced
  • 2 Shallot, sliced
  • 1 Chilli, seed and julienned
  • 1 teaspoon Belachan, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon Ground Dried Shrimp, previously soak to soften before grinding (optional)
  • 1/2 tablespoon Cooking Oil

How to do it:
  1. Saute garlic and shallot in oil till fragrant.
  2. Add in chilli, belachan and dried shrimp, if using.
  3. Stir fry for about a minute.
  4. Add in asparagus and stir fry quickly till cooked.
  5. Dish and serve immediately.


  1. I understand if the kids hate it but your husband too???? *faint. When I was back home, belachan was staple in my home. I think none o your family members would have survived living in my house!

  2. I like the smell of belachan :P can u share your personal dish with me coz I think it looks really good, lol

  3. Thanks for the recipe. By the way, did u mean 1 chili, seeded and julienned?

  4. Quinn, hahaha ... yah. I think they will faint first. :P

    Noobcook, Hi-5!! I would have to cook more then. ;)

    Anon, Thanks for pointing out. ;P

  5. You put belachan in fried rice? Very ono!