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When I was young, mom always made sure that there’ll be one soup dish in every meal. Usually it’s something like.. 1 meat, 1 vege, 1 soup, balanced diet, like it should be.

One of the easiest and fastest soup to cook would be bayam, a vegetable that can be obtained rather cheaply here in Malaysia. So here goes my simple recipe of the day – bayam soup with ikan bilis.

bayam soup homecooked


  • a handful of ikan bilis  (dried anchovies)
  • a few bulb of garlic
  • some wolf-berry
  • bayam vegetable
  • 1.5 liter of water


  • Boil ikan bilis + garlic + wolf berry for 30 minutes
  • Add bayam for 1 minute
  • Add salt to taste, maybe some pepper
  • Ready to serve,  additionally you can also stir and egg or two prior to serving for extra protein

There are some recipes calling for discarding the anchovies, but I believe in not wasting perfectly fine food, especially since I bought these from Kota Kinabalu’s Filipino market, which is of pretty decent quality.

Check out more simple recipe here.

Discuss : KY cooks – Homecooked Bayam Soup

  1. My friend just sent me a whole lot of bayam and other vegetables from her garden! Haven’t decided how to cook it yet.

  2. I love bayam. This is good as a soup or stir-fry. As a veggie stir-fry (with a little soup), I like to add salted & century eggs.

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  3. thanks to popeye’s influence, spinach was my favourite veggie when i was a kid. i still love it now, cos i like tender, leafy veggies. your recipe is perfect for me – except i hate ikan bilis and i love garlic – so i’ll skip the anchovies and add extra garlic 😀

  4. Normally I will stir fry the anchovies first before adding water to boil it, for that extra fragrance 🙂

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