Hae Bee Hiam
Dried Shrimps Spicy Sambal or better known as Hae Bee Hiam, is a popular dish that Asians love. It can be used almost everywhere! You can go with your plain rice, bread, or even as a condiment to enhance the flavours of your meat and vegetable. That's how good it is!
Servings Prep Time
1bottle 40minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
1bottle 40minutes
Cook Time
  • 200g dried shrimpssoak for 30 mins till it softens.
  • 6tbsp chilli paste
  • ½tsp salt
  • 3tbsp sugar
Chilli paste ingredients
  • 35g dried chilliescut into half
  • 250g shallotspeeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1stalk lemongrassbruised
  • 2 candlenuts
  • 20g Belachantoasted
  • 45g garlic
  • 15gm turmericpeeled and cut into small pieces
  • ½tsp salt
  • 2tbsp sugar
Step 1: Prepare the dried red chilli
  1. In a bowl, pour in hot water until it covers the chilli. Set aside till it softens.
  2. Remove the de-seed red chilli from the bowl.
Step 2: Blend & Cook the chilli paste
  1. Pour the red chilli and 1 tbsp oil into the blender. Blend till fine. In a separate bowl, blend the remaining ingredients, except the lemongrass, with 2 tbsp oil. Blend till fine. TIP: Blending the red chilli and other ingredients separately will allow the ingredients to be blended to a finer texture.
  2. In a frying pan with 3 tbsp oil, pour in the paste and lemongrass. Fry on medium fire until the ingredients changed it’s colour to deep red. If the paste is too dry, add in 1 – 2 tbsp of oil gradually. Add in salt and sugar, fry till the sugar melted. Adjust the taste as desired. Set aside. TIP: If you intend to use this chilli paste as a base to cook other dishes, do not add in too much seasoning as it may affect the taste of other ingredients.
Step 3: Pound the dried prawn
  1. In a pestle and mortar, pound dried prawns finely. Scoop and place the pounded dried prawn in a bowl.
Step 4: Fry the Hae Bee Hiam
  1. In a heated pan, add in the pounded prawn. Dry fry till it’s dried. Set aside.
  2. In a pan with 4 tbsp oil, add in chilli paste and fry till the oil seeps through. Add in the pounded prawn and continue to fry on medium-low heat. If the paste is too dry, add in 1 tbsp of oil gradually. TIP: Avoid adding too much oil to prevent the Hae Be Hiam from becoming lumpy.
  3. Continue to fry till the chilli combines with the dried prawns. Once it has turned brown, add in salt and sugar, adjust as desired. Fry till the sugar melted. Remove from wok and let cool.
  4. Allow it to cool completely before storing in the refrigerator or serve.
Recipe Notes

This recipe will yield:

  • 300g Chilli Paste
  • 200g Hae Bee Hiam