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Steamed Silver Fish ~ 'Ngan Yu Chai'

In my previous post on 'Steamed minced pork with silver fish', some readers were not familiar with what is 'silver fish' or 'ngan yu chai'.  So, I made this simple dish and took some pictures of these mini anchovives.  You can steam this in the rice cooker just before the 'keep warm' function or you can steam it under rapdily boiling water for about 5 mins.

It's better to use a strainer when you wash these mini anchovives as they're very tiny and may slip off and be washed away easily.

Chop some red chillies, add in some preserved black beans, a bit of sugar and a dash of sesame oil to the washed mini anchovives.

These are yummy, excellent to go with rice or plain white porridge.

  • 50 gm silver fish
  • 1/2 tsp each ~ preserved black beans, sugar and sesame oil
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1 red chilly chopped
  • a dash of pepper
  1. Wash the silver fish and drain on a strainer.
  2. Place drained silver fish into a bowl and mix in all the ingredients till well combined. Keep aside.
  3. When the rice in the rice cooker is about three-quarters dry, place the bowl of silver fish on it just before the rice completes the 'cook' cycle and switch to the 'keep warm' function.
  4. Serve hot with a dash of pepper.


  1. I don't think I ever try fresh silver fish before except in ikan bilis form ....mmmm really interesting. Did you get the little fish from the wet market?

  2. Must be so good to eat with plain rice or porridge but I don't have 2 of the 3 impt ingredients...(no silver fish, no black beans)...sad...

  3. I usually fried the 银鱼with eggs.I must try your recipe because my husband love to eat银鱼 very much.

  4. i like ngan yee chai crispy fried and eaten with porridge.. or steamed minced pork with the ngan yee chai as toppings too! :)

  5. This way of cooking is new to me, very interesting!

  6. ICook4Fun
    I got them from the grocers, need to store in the fridge.

    Maybe the silver fish is difficult to find, but isn't the black beans available?

    Yes, frying with eggs is tasty too.

    Ngan yu chai fried rice is also nice.

    Yes, this silver fish is very versatile.

  7. I like it fried and crispy . Must try this style of cooking. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. Ahhh....this is our hubby favourite food! See, almost everyone the same huh!

  9. This looks very interesting. I wonder how it tastes like....must be very delicious with rice. I love it fried.

  10. I love this to go with congee. And must have eggs. YUM!

  11. Elin
    I too like it fried, versatile topping.

    Ah....How come quite a no. of hubbies like this silver fish? Maybe it's tasty.

    Actually, it tastes best if it's fried, but then can always try out different recipes.

    Silver fish omelette is nice too.

  12. Never tried this before but after it's cooked looks so yummy, must try this next time to eat with porridge...

  13. This is comforting home cooking to me :)

  14. Treat and Trick
    It's great with white porridge

    3 hungry tummies
    Yes it is.


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