French Beans Belacan [Nyonya Cooking]

French Beans Belacan [Nyonya Cooking]

Vegetables cooked with “Belacan” (shrimp paste) never fail to stir up the appetite. This is one of the Malaysian favourites. A spicy vegetables dish with an amazing taste.

Belacan can be very pungent. The smell itself can be such a turn off, especially to those who have no love for it! However, shrimp paste or belacan actually enhances the flavours of many dishes in the Malaysian cuisine.

One extremely famous vegetable dish cooked with belacan is “Kangkung Belacan” which uses water spinach. For this recipe, I opted for french beans instead. French beans are crunchier whereas kangkung, a leafy vegetable, is usually much softer after cooking. The crunchiness of the french beans together with the dried shrimps give more texture to this delicious dish.

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