Hay-Ya-Kay Bak

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Nonya dish. Pork fried in Cincalok. Cincalok is a distinctly Peranakan condiment made of fermented shrimp.

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2-3 tablespoons oil
20 g (2) shallots, thinly sliced
25 g (2-3 cloves) garlic, thinly sliced
4 tablespoons cincalok (preserved grago shrimps)
300 g pork fillet, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon tamarind juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 red chili, seeded and sliced diagonally
1 green chili, seeded and sliced diagonally


Heat up the oil in a wok over medium heat to fry the shallots until crisp and golden brown. Dish out and set aside. In the remaining oil, fry the garlic slices until fragrant and just lightly browned. Remove half of the garlic and set aside before adding the cincalok. Sauté the cincalok until fragrant before adding the meat. Stir-fry for a few seconds and add the tamarind juice, sugar and salt. Allow to cook for 10-20 minutes. Lastly, add the chilies. Turn off the heat, dish out onto a serving plate and top with the shallot crisps and fried garlic slices.


Grago is derogatory when referring to Malacca fishermen of Portugese ethnic origin. Grago is the small shrimp caught by fishermen and is later turned into Cincalok and Belacan, both Peranakan staples.

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