Tumis tauge ikan asin / Stir-fried bean sprouts with salted fish

Tumis tauge ikan asin/Stir-fried Bean Sprouts with Salted Fish

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indonesian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Marv
Crisp fresh bean sprouts are sauteed with umami-rich salted fish is popular side dish in Indonesia.
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  • 2 1/2 lbs bean sprouts thoroughly washed and pick the tail off
  • 3 oz salted fish roughly chopped, see notes
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 stalks green onions
  • 2 red chilis slit open and seeded, cut into thin slices or just cut in half
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and finely minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat a wok/skillet until hot. Add cooking oil and swirl to coat the wok/skillet. When it is hot, add salted fish and fry until they are crispy and golden brown, about 3 minutes. Dish out and set aside
  • Separate the green and white part of green onions. Remove the roots if any. Cut into 2-inch large pieces. Halve the white part
  • In the same wok/skillet, add garlic and stir-fry for about 10 seconds (take care not to burn them) add white part of green onions and stir fry for about 30 seconds. Add red chili if using, stir fry for another 10 seconds. Lastly add the bean sprouts and green part of green onions and stir-fry very briefly, about 20 seconds You want the bean sprouts to be still crunchy. Add the crispy salted fish back. Have a taste and add some salt and pepper to your taste and give last one stir. Remove from the heat and serve immediately as part of a multi-course meal


You can use dried anchovies (ikan teri) if you can't find salted fish. They aren't exactly the same, but dried anchovies is a suitable substitution.