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June 1, 2010

Bean sprout with dried fish

Filed under: Food,Philippines,Recipe — Alex @ 9:18 am

If you read my earlier post, you know I can’t just eat one dish alone in a single meal. Normally I need the mixture of vegetables and meat, or sea food and vegetables. So since I have my fried chicken with turmeric, I decided to make another simple dish.

Bean sprout with dried fish would be my choice as all the ingredients are available in the Philippines.


  • Bean sprout ( 300 gms )
  • Tiny cubes of dried fish – 10 tiny cubes
  • Button mushrooms ( 5 pieces ) – Slice thinly
  • 2 cloves garlic – crushed
  • Spring onion leaves – ( 4 stalks ) – cut to 3 inches
  • Oyster sauce – 2 spoon
  • Soya sauce – 1 spoon
  • Few drops of sesame oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper
  • 1 chili
  • 1 teaspoon of corn starch mixed with half tea cup of water


  • Deep fry tiny cubes of dried fish till crunchy
  • Set aside


  • Use the oil that we used to fry the dried fish.
  • Sauteed the garlic till fragrant
  • Add sesame oil and tiny bit of salt
  • Add in chili
  • Add bean sprout and continue to stir the bean sprout to mix with ingredients
  • Add a little bit of water ( half tea cup would do if you have been soaking your bean sprout with water )
  • Add in spring onion and mushrooms
  • Keep frying till the bean sprout changes color to slightly cook and not raw
  • Add oyster sauce and soya sauce
  • Add in corn starch
  • Add in pre fried dried fish
  • Add in good amount of pepper ( one teaspoon at least )
  • Stir till sauce becomes slightly thicken
  • Ready to serve

The steps here looks like very long. But actually from the time you sauteed the garlic till finish, the dish does not take more than 7 -1o minutes if your fire or heat is big. Do not fry too long as the bean sprout will become soft. We are trying to achieve the crunchy and cooked texture of the bean sprout.

Did you notice that the pictures now are slightly better in quality? Yes sir, I repaired my camera and I like the quality of the pictures very much myself. However it does not look as good as other other food blogs though. I hope to improve on that one day. In the meantime, this is what I cook for dinner yesterday and if you would like to try it and don’t seem to understand my instruction given, just leave a comment. Most probably not your fault as I know my writings might not be as good. I hope practice makes perfect and one day everything will be top notch with my blog.


5 responses to “Bean sprout with dried fish”

  1. Somebody says:

    Your food photography sucks man! Those food doesn’t even look tasty and I don’t think anyone would give a damn about trying.

  2. Zach says:

    Yea, I agree with you man, it’s a little squirmy and too veggy’ish for my taste. I’ll wait for your meat and curry dishes Alex 🙂

  3. Alex says:

    Somebody – I don’t know how to react to your comment but as I said earlier, I am not a chef, professional photographer nor a writer. I just wanted to make this blog for fun…nothing more…and maybe with those non professional photos, people can relate and not intimidated to try the dish 🙂

    Zach – EAT YOUR VEGGI SON!!!!

  4. henry says:

    Its looks tasty, specialy when you read what you have in the dish:

  5. Alex says:

    Thanks for the comment Henry. By any chance you are an Asian? If you are Caucasian and you like dried/salted fish, that makes you really rare…in a good way

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