Saturday, August 7, 2010

Myeolchi Bokkum 멸치볶음 Spicy Anchovy

I did mentioned I prepared a few banchan didn't I? This is my all time favourite and it takes less than 10 minutes to prepare. I used to pay $5 for a tiny little tub from the Korean grocer but that was before I learnt how to make it myself.  I do suggest to double or triple the quantity as you will soon find out why. This will make any Korean meal a memorable one but I am happy to have just this with rice any day. 
P.S There are two types of myeolchi bokkum, I will post the other version at a later date.

makes enough for a meal of 4
you'll need;
1 cup of dried anchovies*
1 tbs of cooking oil
1 tbs of gochujang (hot pepper paste)
1/2 tbs of sugar
1/2 tbs of mulyeot (corn syrup)
1 tsp of minced garlic
5 tbs of water
*small or medium size are more suitable, leave the large ones for stock making

I prefer the tiny anchovies.

Prepare the sauce - mix everything in a bowl (except the anchovies and cooking oil).

Dry fry anchovies for a minute or two on medium heat. Stirring constantly.

Add a tbs of cooking oil and continue to fry for a further minute or two. They should start to crisp up and turn a golden shade.

Push the anchovies to aside and pour in the sauce. Mix everything well immediately and turn the heat off.

Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and serves as part of a Korean meal. This keeps well in the fridge for days and it is perfect to have on its own or with plenty of steamed rice.


  1. wow my hubby would love this have a fab weekend Suresh


  2. I've never tried dried anchovies...I'm actually a little afraid to try them. Very very different from American food.

  3. korean sitcom fanaticAugust 7, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Another one of my favourites! mas-issneun!

  4. Hey, I didn't know you cooked Korean! Yum! I have actually been craving these lately! Yum yum!

  5. I think it costs more than $5 now. This looks so easy I must try making a large batch! :)

  6. I can just eat this with plenty of steamed rice!

  7. Harriet from CarltonAugust 7, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Looks interesting. I have never tried dried anchovies before, not too fishy?

  8. ohhh pasti cuba ni...senang dan sedap:)

  9. Are you doing a Korean week? I know so little about Korean food. Not a big fan of kimchi but love the bbq.

  10. This could work as a topping for congee.

  11. I have seen them in the Korean shops. I will try to make some to see if I am going to like it :)

  12. hi tummy.. stok ikan bilis saya hampir pupus! huhuu... sini ader gak bilis putih2 camtu.. nanti nak cubalah!

  13. Je découvre aujourd'hui des anchois aussi petits.
    je vais voir si on en trouve dans les magasins asiatiques.
    Bonne recette comme d'habitude.
    Good weekend and see soon.

  14. Just a quick hello before dinner. Made your Malaysian chicken curry today and my husband thinks it is the best curry he ever tasted :) Thank you!
    This looks tasty but might be a bit too strange for our western palate lol

  15. mmm spicy candied anchovies... sounds delicious to me!

  16. Love the spicy condiments...they are really great with some cold beer!

  17. very spicy n hot recipe...beautiful clicks dear

  18. I just saw them in the Korean store yesterday. I couldn't bring myself to buy them, and I didn't know what to do with them! It looks interesting!

  19. I've never seen the likes of these. The dish looks and sounds wonderful. I think I'll check the Asian market to see if they have the anchovies. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  20. Last weekend I made Malaysian style anchovies with peanuts, this dish looks delectable must give a try. Where am I able to get the ingredients?

  21. I think my family will like this very much! I would love some with some steamed rice.

  22. How great - I love Korean banchan. And I had no idea that these anchovies could be shallow fried!

  23. Wow, this sure goes well with nasi lemak. Those anchovies look fairly small compared to what we have here.

  24. Oh I love this!

  25. Rebecca,
    Thank you! Make some for him :) You too!

    You tried durian my friend so there is nothing you can't try now lol

    korean sitcom fanatic,
    Thank you very much!

    Sook ,
    Thank you! Yes I do cook Korean from time to time :)

    KL girl in MELB,
    Oh really! Now you know what to do!

    shanshan ,

    Harriet ,
    Not at all, give it a go!

    makcikmanggis ,
    Memang senang dan enak makcik :)

    Not really, just dishes I made for one dinner :) Korean bbq is great!

    Mr Noodles ,
    I think it will work very well with congee.

    Thank you! If you don't like it give it to your Asian friends lol

    hana ,
    Oh pasti boleh didapati di kedai Korean.

    Nadji ,
    Merci beaucoup!

    Tricia ,
    Thank you very much! I am glad the curry turned out well :) It is just salty and crunchy, not fishy at all. Just give it a try, it is only $5/packet.

    Something like that. It is very delicious indeed.


    Thank you very much! :)

    Lyndsey ,
    Now you do and you must try some :)

    Thank you! I hope you will be able to find them :)

    gadewind ,
    I love the Malaysian version too :) Where about are you? Most Korean and Japanese shop should stock the ingredients.

    Yes perfect with rice :)

    Su-Lin ,
    Oh yes, they crisp up rather quickly with just a little oil.

    I think it will go very well with nasi lemak. Dried white baits can be used instead.

  26. just looking at it makes me super hungry. I can eat a lot of this with plain rice :)

  27. I could just eat plain fried ikan billis with steamed rice!! I am definitely checking this one out. By the way its been great discovering Korean cuisine through your blog!! I wasn't really exposed to it in Singapore, and when I came here it was all about Korean BBQ and Kimchi and nothing much else.

  28. noobcook,
    me too :)

    Thank you very much! It is true there are not too many good Korean other than those that offer bbq. I am glad you are enjoying my Korean dishes :)


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