Ikan Bilis Powder in Singapore
In Singapore, Ikan bilis is commonly found in some of our local delicacies such as Nasi Lemak and Yong Tau Fu. It’s also sometimes served as a fried snack together with peanuts. With its savory, it is no doubt that it complements dishes by enhancing its original flavor. Being in the savory category, Ikan bilis also does wonders in clearing the palates.
With that said, the fact of the matter is that many Singaporean hawkers and home-cooks fancy the deliciousness of Ikan bilis. However, they often overlook the nutritional properties that these small fishes can offer. Thus, these fishes usually lie at the bottom of a soup base, or in a “sock bag” with the sole purpose of delivering its savory goodness.
Ikan bilis (Anchovy) is a common forage fish of the family Engraulidae and belongs to the oily fish category. Small in nature, the Ikan bilis packs a whole lot of healthy fats and nutritional values. Anchovies are also high in protein, vitamins and minerals that are essential in maintaining good health. Unknown to many, Ikan bilis also contains Omega-3 fatty acids (DHA) which is a primary structural component of the human brain. The Ikan bilis itself embodies all of these nutrition.
One way to get the best of both worlds is the use of Ikan bilis powder. With Ikan bilis powder, it serves as a seasoning to food, soups and many other dishes. These powders are usually extremely fine that they dissolve seamlessly into any form of liquid. Killing two birds with one stone, users can now enjoy both the flavor and the health benefits.
Ikan Bilis Powder for Babies (6 months and above)
To the newly mothers out there, your new born’s diet usually comes from breast feeding or formula feeding. At least for the first 6 months, doctors’ advice is for babies to adhere to exclusively breastfed or formula fed milk.
Subsequently, babies 6 months and above can gradually progress into foods such as purees or mashed foods. At 6 months of age, babies have developed a stronger immune system to battle against common allergens found in food. They can start consuming single-grain cereals, strained fruits and vegetables, yogurts, and fish. Do note that all of these mentioned food MUST be soft and free from hard objects.
At this stage of your baby’s life, incorporate Ikan bilis powder to your baby’s foods such as purees and porridge. Being high in essential nutrition for your baby’s growth, Ikan bilis powder is one of the few protein and calcium sources that can be taken at this stage. Do consult your doctor as to the compatibility
In Singapore, noMSG Ikan Bilis Powder uses premium Ikan bilis imported from the seas of Pangkor Malaysia. As the name suggests, they abstain from Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), preservatives and additives. They hand-pick only the best quality anchovies to produce their powder. Prior to that, they go through the hassle to remove the heads and guts of these small fishes to reduce the cholesterol intake for its consumers. After which, they’re soaked for hours to remove its salt content to reduce the sodium intake. They then bake it till its golden brown and crispy, before grinding it into fine powders. Before packaging it, the powder is sieved many rounds to ensure only the finest is served.