Cincaluk pork/chicken


Cincaluk is this tiny shrimps soaked in brine and is very, very salty and smelly. Well, smelly to some but tasty to others. One can just mix it straight from the bottle with cilis and lime to get a delicous mix for white rice.

I prefer to have the cincaluk cooked well so I normally prepare them with steamed eggs, omelette or stir fry with chicken or pork. Cincaluk is very, very salty so I like to put them under running water to ‘wash’ away the saltiness. What I did is to put the cincaluk into a siever and put it under the tap water.


The smell is very overpowering so do not use too much. Just a few tablespoon will do. Otherwise, the smell will spoil your dishes instead of enhancing it.

From the ingredients above, you can see I use :

2 lemongrass – smashed

2 lime – extract juice

2 onions (though I use only one large one) – quartered

a handful of cili padi – smashed

1 green pepper for the crunch

500 grams of belly pork which is not so fatty – cut into small pieces

3 tablespoons of cincaluk which has been drain under tap water.

sugar to taste.


Just use a little oil and stir fry the lemongrass and onion till fragrant. Then, add the meat, cincaluk, cili padi and a little water to simmer till the pork is soft. Add in the green pepper and sugar only when the dish is almost ready. The lemongrass and the lime juice balance out the taste of the cincaluk making the dish really, really delicious.

It is the most appetitising dish to go with white rice. Try it! I have cincaluk chicken using tamarind juice in Best Recipe

You can download free recipe.

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Post Author: lilian

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3 thoughts on “Cincaluk pork/chicken


    (July 27, 2007 - 4:28 pm)

    Ah.. this is the same way how I cook my cincalok. Good tips on the rinsing tho. Those cincalok is really salty to the max!


    (July 31, 2007 - 7:05 pm)

    ohhh.. i nv know that u can rinse cincalok that way.. i nv really like cincalok cos of its strong taste..but maybe ur method works for me!!


    (August 3, 2007 - 12:40 pm)

    Hi Lilian,
    Was just wondering if you’ve tried Maldon sea salt in your recipes. I read so much about it, and of course Nigella Lawson swears by it, so need local input, and I can only think of you. Also, I’d like to know if it’s available in cold storage penang.
    Thank you!

    Have a good day

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