Finally, I managed to get the fresh anchovies from Jusco fish section, it is also known as Ikan Bilis Bought half a kilo back ! After cleaning them up, the guts and head goes to making Fish Amino Acid (fertiliser ) for the plants. This delectable finger food is a keeper. Great accompaniment for chilled beer ! This is the second time using Pharmaskitchen 's Beer Batter. The first time I tried his recipe was a few weeks ago ,using the silver baby pomfrets. Now I can really taste his batter recipe using fresh anchovies. Crisps and crunchy and flavorful ! Even the Wild Boar loves it, for a man who doesn't like to eat fish. He ate the whole anchovy , the bones are crunchy too. Kruup kruup kruup and down it with a chilled beer. A must try recipe :) or you will miss something good!
mix the dry ingredients with a chilled beer till you get
the right consistency to coat the anchovies
put in the cleaned and wiped dry (with paper towel)
fresh anchovies into the beer battered
before deep frying them in rice bran oil or vegetable oil
look how light and crunchy the anchovies are....
this beer battered is commendable
I deep fried some Japanese pumpkin slices too with the remnant
you can serve this as a stand alone dish for dinner or lunch
or as a finger food
Beer Battered Anchovies - adapted from Pharma'sKitchen
12 Anchovies - remove head and guts
5 tablespoons of Rice Flour
2 tablespoons of Glutinous Rice Flour
1/2 teaspoon of Baking Powder
Smoked Paprika Powder
1 can of Beer
Rice Bran Oil or vegetable oil
First, rinse and pat dry the fresh anchovies with a kitchen towel. Place the anchovies in a bowl and add some salt, pepper and smoked paprika to marinade them. Leave to marinade for 10-15 minutes.
To the bowl containing the anchovies, further add the rice flour, glutinous rice flour, baking powder, more salt and pepper. Lastly, a generous amount of smoked paprika powder and mix well. The flour mixture should be slightly red due to the paprika powder.
In a deep pan or a small frying pot, heat up some sunflower oil. While the oil is heating up, open your can of beer and pour about a quarter can of beer into the mixture. Mix well and add the beer in small amounts until the mixture is well incorporated into a thick but smooth batter. (You can always opt for water is you are do not have beer at home).
Check on the oil, and if the oil is ready, place the anchovies into the frying pot and fry until they are golden brown. Once golden brown, remove from the pot and place the anchovies onto a plate lined with kitchen towel to remove the excess oil.