How is Our Dried Ikan Bilis Uniquely Different?

Dried ikan bilis, also known as dried anchovies, are a popular ingredient in many Southeast Asian cuisines. It can be used in a variety of dishes, such as soups, stir-fries, and snacks, making it a versatile ingredient that can help add flavor and nutrition to many different meals.

Dried brown anchovy opened
Our dried brown anchovy can even be eaten by itself!

Crystal of the Sea dried ikan bilis uses premium ikan bilis that’s 1.5 times bigger than normal ikan bilis. Besides the size, our ikan bilis are also packed with nutrients. 

  1. High in protein: Dried ikan bilis are a good source of protein, which is important for building and repairing tissues in the body.
  2. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids: Dried ikan bilis contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for heart health and may also have anti-inflammatory effects.
  3. Source of minerals: Dried ikan bilis are a good source of minerals such as calcium, iron, and phosphorus, which are important for maintaining strong bones and teeth, carrying oxygen in the blood, and supporting a variety of bodily functions.

Through much research and study, we finally decided to use the dehydration method on all our products, which allows us to retain 20% more nutrients compared to other commonly used methods like baking. The process takes longer than other commonly used methods (depending on the ingredient, the process might take 8 – 14 hours) but we do so to ensure the quality and standard of our product.

Our dried ikan bilis is regularly lab-tested to ensure that there is no formalin or preservatives in it. We do not bleach nor add any preservatives to our products. What’s more, because it is sorted more than 6 times and is QC before being packaged, the ikan bilis are dirt-free and you do not need to wash them before adding them to your dishes. 

Need some ideas for what to do with dried ikan bilis? Check out these 5 simple ways to liven up your dishes:

  1. Ikan bilis soup: A simple soup made with ikan bilis, vegetables, and a light broth, which is commonly served as a starter or side dish.
  2. Crispy ikan bilis snack: Dried ikan bilis can also be fried until crispy and eaten as a savory snack on their own or with dipping sauces.
  3. Spicy ikan bilis sambal: A spicy Malaysian sauce made with dried chili, garlic, onion, and ikan bilis, which is typically served as a condiment with rice or noodles.
  4. Stir-fried vegetables with ikan bilis: Dried ikan bilis can be added to stir-fried vegetables such as green beans, cabbage, or eggplant, for added flavor and nutrition.
  5. Kimchi fried rice: A Korean-inspired fried rice dish that includes kimchi, vegetables, and ikan bilis for added flavor and protein.

These are just a few examples of the many dishes that can be made using dried ikan bilis. They can be used to add flavor and nutrition to a wide variety of recipes, so feel free to get creative in the kitchen!

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