Thursday 10 May 2012

Pan-fried Anchovies(whitebaits) Using Happy Call Pan

Looking at this I am sure most of you would "shout out" it as one of the add-ons for Nasi Lemak, natural seasoning for toddlers or kids to be added in their porridge and etc. The above shown is known as Pan-fried Whitebaits/Anchovies in some saying. 

This crispy and fragrant sides is one of my kid's favourite when eating with porridge or even plain rice. I used to cook this quiet often during his toddler's days but due to the salt content and the "fishy" aroma that perfumed the whole kitchen/living room during frying process, I have stop cooking it for sometime.

(using Happy Call Pan)

But recently, out of curiosity I decided to try frying some Whitebaits using Happy Call Pan (HCP) since this pan claim to be able to fry fish using NO OIL/Minimum amount of oil.  So after my small experiment on pan-frying this whitebaits without adding oil (but just lightly grease the pan), I am surprised with the end result which is turn out to be so crispy as compared to those using OIL fried.

(Make: 100g |     Preparation: 5 minutes |       Cooking: 10 - 15 minutes)

100g Anchovies(江鱼仔)/Whitebaits(银鱼)
1 Teaspoon Cornflour
1 Teaspoon Oil(optional), to grease

1. Rinse Anchovies/Whitebaits in a bowl with a few change of water, drain water and squeeze dry using some kitchen paper towel.

2. Add in 1 teaspoon of cornflour to the dried Anchovies/Whitebaits, using your fingers or chopsticks coat them evenly and set aside for 5 minutes.

3. Next lightly grease lower pan of the Happy Call Pan(HCP) with 1 teaspoon of oil, add in the prepared Anchovies/Whitebaits, cover(don't lock or else water vapour will form and make the content soggy) and cook on the lowest heat for about 10 minutes or until it turns golden brown in colour.

4. When done, remove HCP from stove and leave the Anchovies/Whitebaits to cool off at room temperature before storing them in air-tight containers.

~ During the cooking time, stir Anchovies/Whitebaits on and off about 3 minutes to prevent burning and achieve the even brown colours.

For those who owns a HCP, if you want to make some yummy fried Anchovies/whitebaits without oil or perfumed your kitchen with "fishy" smell. This post will be a great tip to enjoy your favourite anchovies/whitebaits" with peanuts or chilli in a healthy and "smells" free way.


  1. This Happy Call Pan is amazing in a way that you have been cooking so many various stuff in this simple pan. I love sprinkling anchovies on ochazuke (tea & rice porridge? Not sure how you translate it). Lots of calcium!

    1. Wow! Using Anchovies in tea! 1st time hearing this and I am so glad to learn so many tips and knowledge in your site too :)

  2. Tried your anchovies recipe but could not get it to be crispy despite leaving the lid unlock. Wonder what went wrong with my trial =P

    1. Hi there, did you pat dry the anchovies using kitchen paper towel. You have to be patient when cooking this as you need to stir and wait for the fishes to turn golden brown and it will be crispy after sometimes. It takes 10 - 15 minutes depending on the size of the anchovies and the heat used. HTH

  3. Hi Ellen, I have been following your blog for past 1 year. I love your blog and recommend to my colleague. By the way I just bought the Red Happy Can. May I know which colour pan did you use for the Butter Milk Cereal Chicken? As all your Happy Can Recipe does not indicate which pan you use.

    1. Hi Lily,

      Thanks for your support and kind words. I have 2 different sizes of HCP (red and brown) you can use either one to cook those recipes shared here as it doesn't really matter which pan to be used. HTH :)

  4. Hi! Thanks for all the useful recipes here. Great for noobs like me! :) One question: I just got my happycall pan. How do u cover the pan without locking it? Mine just automatically locks when i cover the pan. Is there a defect on my pan?

    1. Hi Nadzy,

      Thanks for your kind words :) Oh to close the pan without "locking" it you just bring down the upper cover without pressing the handler together to lock. You can refer to the 3rd photo at this link here

      Hope that help.


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