Before my son turned one, I excluded salt, sugar and oil from his diet. For this reason, I put off the idea of using dried anchovies (or ikan bilis) to make stock for his porridge. Only when he grew older, I began to use anchovies to prepare fish soup for him.
Actually, I had bookmarked one very simple and easy anchovy recipe from a Japanese cookbook that I would like to share with you for a long time. But with too many recipes sitting in my to-try list, I almost totally forgot about it. Luckily, it struck my mind again when I came across some good quality tiny dried anchovies in the wet market recently. This recipe is called Tazukuri (dried anchovies) which is a snack prepared during New Year in Japan. The already sun-dried anchovies (or sardines) are further dried roasted, and then cooked briefly in a skillet with a sweet soy-flavoured sauce. This dish reminds me of my favourite spicy anchovies (or sambal ikan bilis) that are served with nasi lemak (a popular Malay cuisine). The difference is that there is no chilly used in Tazukuri. Hence, it makes an ideal kids-friendly dish for my son.
I had given the original recipe a little tweak. I used tiny dried anchovies (dried whitebaits, 银鱼仔 ) instead of the normal dried anchovies (江鱼仔) that are commonly used for soup as they are less salty and easier to handle by kids. Roasting is an important process in this recipe. It will help to enhance the crispiness of the anchovies as well as reduce the fishy smell to some extent. With the help of oven, I roasted the anchovies till crisp and crunchy. This method is healthier and less messy than deep-frying. After roasting, they are then coated with my concoction of teriyaki sauce, and topped with some toasted sesame seeds. This is a very versatile recipe. You can make any adjustment to the seasonings to suit your family’s liking. Once these crispy anchovies are cooled, store them in an air-tight container. If you keep them in the fridge, they can last for 2 weeks. Well, I doubt that you will have problem to clear them on time as mine was gone in just a few days! Both my hubby and son are seriously addicted to it.
It’s a great side dish to be served with rice, porridge and even noodles. However, I do not recommend it as snack for toddlers as it is considered salty for their age. For parents who are looking for calcium rich food for your kids, do give this recipe a go.
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