I’m feeling a little frustrated recently because I’ve been down with a bad flu for more than a month now. Seen the doctor twice and completed two courses of antibiotics and flu medication and I still didn’t recover from my persistent cough loaded with never-seem-to-go-away mucus and phlegm that was enough to leave me breathless all the time. And it’s absolutely not nice to have a coarse voice too. Even my taste buds or rather my sense of smell and taste has gone on medical leave. All the mung bean soup, chrysanthemum tea, almond figs tea, Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa, etc didn’t work for me either so I had no choice but to see a TCM physician yesterday who gave me sachets of medicine powder that I could mix and drink with herbal tea.
Lunch was again ‘sick man’s food’. Kway teow soups, fish soups and porridges were starting to get boring now so I decided to just stir fry bean sprouts and eat with some plain rice congee instead. Anyway, everything tasted the same to me – tasteless. For the husband, I needn’t have to ‘penalise’ him to eat the same so I added some crispy silver fish to his share to make it a little more exciting for him. He actually slurped up the whole plate! Lol.
Stir Fried Bean Sprouts with Crispy Silver Fish Recipe
Ingredients (serves 2-3)
100g dried silver fish (or whitebait)
250g bean sprouts, ends removed
2 stalks spring onion, cut into 1″ sections
1 red chilli, sliced
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
dash of fish sauce
1. Wash and rinse the silver fish at least 2-3 times till water runs clear. Drain the silver fish and spread them over several sheets of kitchen towels. Allow to air dry for 2-3 hours.
2. Preheat oven to 180 deg C. Transfer the silver fish onto a baking tray in a single layer and bake for 10-12 minutes to dry them out.
3. Remove baking tray from oven and give the silver fish a stir. Bake for another 10-15 minutes till the silver fish are golden brown and crunchy.
4. Leave to cool completely before storing in an air-tight container.
5. Heat a little oil in pan and saute the garlic till fragrant.
6. Add bean sprouts and quick fry at high heat for 1-2 minutes. Season with fish sauce.
7. Add spring onions and chilli, briefly stir fry and then dish up.
8. Sprinkle the crispy silver fish on top and serve.
There is no need for heavy seasoning because the dried silver fish is already quite salty. If you like it a little more full flavoured, you can mix 1 tsp of oyster sauce with 2 tsp of water and add the mixture at the point when you’re quick frying the bean sprouts. Then adjust the amount of fish sauce to your preference.