The Sambal Ikan Bilis Melt

Updated: Jun 5

This marks the end of this collaboration. I thought of finishing it with a bang but chose a subtle route instead. A quiet closing to be exact. Anyway, if you are a Singaporean, you probably heard of the Canadian Pizza secret menu. One of the items is Sambal Ikan Bilis pizza!



Yes! Back in those days when Canadian Pizza was at its peak, they had loads of secret menu items. It is sad that they had taken down their secret menu entirely. Fret not, cos I got you covered. Whenever I am craving that pizza and I want a quick bite, I would make this grilled sandwich. Every bite is nostalgic. I am not gonna lie as I'd heard it from somewhere that peanut butter is also added to that pizza.



Ikan Bilis is actually dried anchovies. If you can't get your hands on any, any dried fish would work. You can also use different types of good melting cheese. I am just keeping it simple with mozzarella and parmigiano reggiano. In closing, I hope you will give this sandwich a try. I will post my own version of sambal and 1 more recipe before I compile and publish it into an actual e-cookbook. Stay tuned. The full detailed recipe is also available on Cookpad.


Ingredients:

(Serve 2)

  • Ikan Bilis / Dried Anchovies

  • Canola / Sunflower / Grapeseed / Peanut Oil

  • Onion Finely Sliced

  • Garlic Thinly Sliced

  • @chillibellasg’s Sambal

  • Pic’s Crunchy Peanut Butter

  • Scallions Finely Chopped

  • Kewpie Mayo

  • Homemade Shokupan / Sandwich Bread

  • Parmigiano Reggiano

  • Mozzarella Cheese

Equipment:

  • Cast Iron Skillet / Pan

Directions:

  1. Please visit my "How To Make Shokupan | Japanese Sandwich Bread" for the recipe.

  2. Please visit my "How To Make Sambal" page if you wanna make your own sambal.

  3. Soak the ikan bilis in warm water for 1 hour.

  4. In a skillet or pan over medium heat, add in oil.

  5. Once the oil is heated up, add in the onion.

  6. Season with salt, pepper & sugar.

  7. Sauté until lightly caramelized.

  8. Add in garlic, ikan bills & @chillibellasg’s Sambal.

  9. Sauté until well combined.

  10. Add in peanut butter & scallions.

  11. Sauté until well combined.

  12. Remove from heat.

  13. Spread mayo on 1 side of each bread.

  14. Without any heat & using the same skillet & pan, grate in some Parmigiano roughly to the size of your bread.

  15. Bring the heat up to low.

  16. Place a slice of bread onto the grated Parmigiano, mayo side down.

  17. Place a few slices of mozzarella on the bread, follow by the sambal ikan bilis.

  18. Top with a few more slices of mozzarella.

  19. Lastly, bread, mayo side up.

  20. Using a spatula, gently press the sandwich.

  21. Cover & cook for about 1 to 2 mins or until the bottom is crisp-browned.

  22. Remove the sandwich with a spatula.

  23. Off the heat & grate in some Parmigiano.

  24. Swiftly, flip the sandwich onto the Parmigiano.

  25. Cover & cook for about 1 min or until the bottom is crisp-browned.

  26. Remove from heat & repeat the step for the remaining sandwich.

  27. Serve immediately.

Pro Tip:

  • If you are not residing in Singapore, you can replace the sambal with any chili or hot sauce of your preference. Harissa, Sambal Oelek, or Thai Red Chili Sauce will be awesome as well.


Recipe Video:



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