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Sweet and Spicy Dilis

Sweet and Spicy Crunchy Dilis is a popular Filipino street food and a delicious snack. Best as pulutan or as an appetizer. I remember buying this all the time growing up in the Philippines. It is one of those snack that you can't stop munching once you start. This recipe I found in the web is pretty simple. The taste is close to the Dilis appetizer they serve when you eat at those Korean Barbecue restaurant.


  • 2 cups dried dilis, the smaller the better
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoon tamarind sinigang powder
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 jalopeno, chopped fine

  1. Place dilis in a big bowl. Rinse quick with cold water and drain. Pay dry using a paper towel. That will make the dried dilis less salty.
  2. Pre heat wide pan or a wok in high heat and add dilis. Stir and toss to cook dilis for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Using a sauce pan, mix sugar and water. Mix well and cook in medium heat until sugar is fully melted and beginning to turn brownish.
  4. Stir in sinigang powder, jalopeno and garlic.
  5. Mix well and combine dilis to the sauce. Keep tossing until well combines.
  6. Allow to cool for few minutes then serve. Enjoy!

Picture of Dilis or Anchovies purchased from my local Asian Grocery store. They are smaller and a little salty reason why I rinsed it first before cooking.

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