Spicy Dried Shrimp (Hei Bee Hiam/蝦米香)) without Belachan

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++Notes001 // If a less spicy dish is preferred, use normal red chili, instead of bird’s eye chili/chili padi
++Notes002 // Hei Bee Hiam can be kept in the fridge, up to 1 week.

// Adapted from Indochine Kitchen


  • 150 g dried shrimp
  • 50 g red chilies
  • 8 shallots
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil


01. Wash dried shrimps under running tap briefly, pat dry with clean cloth.
02. Finely ground the dried shrimps.  I had no mortar and pestle, so I chopped up the 150g dried shrimps (in 3 batches)  in a food processor.
03. Next, the 50g chili + 8 shallots + 5 garlic cloves + 1/2 of a lime juice + 4 tbsp sugar goes into the blender.
04. I added about 1 tablespoon of water to make the blending easier.
05. Next, heat the 1/2 cup of oil in a wok.
06. Add the blended spice mix in and fry it till it turns darker and thicker in consistency.
07. Add grounded dried shrimps, and continue frying, till the shrimp absorbs the spice sauce mix, around 5 minutes.
08. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

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