Sweet and Spicy Dilis is a popular street food in the Philippines, a dish that is made out of dried anchovies in a sweet and spicy coating, it usually sold in deep fried peanut stalls in bus and jeepney terminals. Though this food item dominates the street food scene in the Philippines, it is not totally unique to the Filipinos as I have seen this served in Malaysian and Chinese cuisine as an appetizer the only difference is they add roasted sesame seeds.
2 cups dried anchovies (dilis)
4 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1. In a wok add oil then cook dried anchovies in medium heat for 1-2 minutes, do not overcook otherwise it will taste bitter.
2. Remove from wok, drain then set aside.
3. Place cooked anchovies in a bowl then add ketchup, sugar and cayenne pepper. Mix well and make sure anchovies are well coated.
4. In a wok add oil then sauté garlic, add the anchovies and cook in low heat while continuously mixing until sugar melts.
5. Remove from wok, keep it cool then serve.