The dried samuan… delicious as is. No cooking required. It looks like any dried prawns (hay bee).

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Here’s what you need: shallots, rinsed samuan, lime, ginger, chilli and taucheo (salted/preserved soybeans). Almost the same ingredients used in cincalok.

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Don’t pour all the taucheo juice in before you taste it. Samuan can be quite salty.

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It tastes salty, spicy and sour… a good appetiser. You can replace samuan with normal dried prawns or anchovies (ikan bilis).

Actually we also use samuan in fried rice and fried vegie. Pound some samuan with chilli, shallots and belacan and fried with kangkung (water spinach).