Monday, July 9, 2012

Stir-fried Brussels Sprouts with Ikan Bilis

Do you know that Brussels sprouts were voted the most hated vegetable in Britain in a  2002 survey?  And it top the list of detested vegetables for many people although these sprouts are a good source of Vitamins A and C, Folic Acid and also rich in iron. 

It is important not to overcook these miniature cabbages as they will emit an unpleasant smell if overcooked.  



200g brussels sprouts
a handful of ikan bilis, washed and drained
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbsp of shredded ginger
1 tbsp white wine (or Chinese cooking wine)
salt, sugar & pepper
red chili, sliced
1 tsp sesame oil
cooking oil

  • Remove loose leaves and wash sprouts in cold water.
  • Trim the base of each sprout and cut sprouts into halves.
  • Cook sprouts, uncovered,  in salted boiling water for about 1 minute.  Drain.
  • Heat some cooking oil in a frying pan and stir-fry ikan bilis until crispy.  Transfer onto a plate.  Set aside.
  • In the same pan, add more oil and saute ginger, garlic and chili until aromatic.
  • Toss in sprouts and add in sesame oil and wine.  Season well.  
  • Stir-fry sprouts until they are bright green and tender crisp. 
  • Dish out the brussels sprouts and top with the fried ikan bilis.  


  1. I was in Britain and I really dislike Brussels Sprouts. It's bitter.
    Your presentation here is top class, looks really tempting, but I will skip this one... :))

  2. Jeffrey, this is the first time I ever tasted Brussels sprouts and I think I will try it again. Really, not that bad.

  3. Love your Malaysian twist with this, bilis!! wow!

  4. Hi Veronica,

    I cooked Brussels sprouts with oyster sauce and my children love it.

    1. Glad your children loved Brussel sprouts as not many people like them.


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