Stir-fried Pork with Cincaluk Recipe (Heh Ya Kay Char Bak)
May 03rd, 2007 27 Comments

Stir-fried Pork with Cincaluk Recipe (Heh Ya Kay Char Bak)

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Recipe: Stir-fried Pork with Cincaluk (Heh Ya Kay Char Bak)

Adapted from Nonya Flavours: A Complete Guide to Penang Straits Chinese Cuisine


2-3 tbsp oil
3 shallots (thinly sliced)
3 cloves garlic (thinly sliced)
1/2 lb pork fillet (cut into small pieces)
4 teaspoons cincaluk
1 tablespoon tamarind juice
1 tablespoon sugar
Salt to taste
1 red chili (deseeded and cut into small pieces)
1/2 bell pepper/1 green chili (deseeded and cut into small pieces)


1) Heat up the oil in a wok over medium heat to fry the shallots until they turn golden brown and crispy. Dish out and set aside.
2) 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 cincaluk.
3) Saute the cincaluk until fragrant before adding red chiles and bell peppers.
4) As soon as you smell the aromas of the chiles and peppers, add in the meat. Stir-fry for 30 seconds and add the tamarind juice, sugar, and salt to taste.
5) Continue to stir fry the pork until it’s cooked; dish out onto a serving plate.

Top the stir-fried pork with cincaluk with shallot crisps and fried garlic slices.

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27 comments... read them below or add one

  1. UnkaLeong says:

    Hmm…If an unlucky Customs Officer were to stop you and inspect your luggage when you are transporting this back, just pop the bottle open and ask him to take a deep breathe…Hahahah…

  2. Ming_the_Merciless says:

    I had cincalut many times as a kid until my dad decided it wasn’t healthy to eat those things. Since then it was banned from the household. :-)

    I’m trying very hard to remember how we serve it but I’m drawing a blank. I remember how it looks like and how it tastes but I don’t recall how my mom use it.


  3. Tummythoz says:

    *running far far away from d smell*

  4. Claude-Olivier says:


    The colors of the pictures are so nice and strong, are you using a software to retouch them ?? Or are you playing with the light…anyway, it looks astonishing and beautiful, I could smell it here ;-) ??? When are you making a desert ??? The last one was a long time ago no ?

    Passe une très bonne journée (because you had to learn french ;-) Have a very nice day


  5. Anonymous says:

    I dont think we can get cincaluk in US.

  6. lucia says:

    i don’t like cincaluk by itself but if mix with other food, ok lah, i like.

  7. Kok says:

    rasa malaysia,
    Cincaluk reminds me of my friend. His name is Sia XXX Luk. But he always calls himself “Chen Jia Luk” which means Cincaluk. haha!

  8. C2 says:

    Definately an acquired taste.I believe it’s made from pickled small shrimps(bubuk)Great complimentary dish. Accidentally tapped into your blog while searching for recipes. Great presentation on the dishes, nice shots and definately great taste on the choice of holiday accomodation.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hi ! Rasa Malaysia.

    Chinchaluk with sliced onions, red chilles and lime juice. Serve with rice…Yummylicious


  10. audreycooks says:

    Claude Oliver, just curious … does that mean passing one very good journey?

    Unkaleong, I would be the very lucky custom officer!

    RS, Love your photography … getting more professional already…

  11. simcooks says:

    If I remember correctly, I used to eat Cincaluk with grilled stingray. Yeah. really yummy. I think I saw this sold in Ranch 99 before.

  12. tigerfish says:

    I’m familiar with the steamed egg cincaluk version. Cincaluk is Heh Ya Kay?

  13. PrincessJournals says:

    where did u get the cincaluk? dont tell me u brought them fr msia thru the custom?? i personally have never eaten cincaluk nor budu.

  14. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Unka – LOL, too funny, but true. The “fume” of cincaluk is very keng, I agree the immigration officer would bolt ASAP. :P

    Ming – You should try cincaluk again and reacquire the taste! You can actually find Cincaluk in the Asian stores here but they are imported from the Philippines…the taste is slightly different.

    Tummy – LOL. You must have had bad cincaluk before. The good ones is good. ;)

    Claude – I left a comment on your blog. Check it out. French, I wish I understand French. :(

    Anonymous – you can, those important from the Philippines but the taste is slightly different.

    Lucia – I like sambal cincaluk though. I always get them whenever I eat at Malay rice stalls. :)

    Kok – hehe, funny. Does he like Cincaluk?

    C2 – Welcome to Rasa Malaysia and thanks for your kind comment. Yes, cincaluk is made from tiny shrimp called geragau, which is a delicacy. Mix them with some flour and eggs and deep fried (ala prawn fritters style), yummy! Sad thing is I haven’t seen geragau in the wet markets in Penang for the longest time. Is Bubuk the same as geragau?

    Anonymous – I know, my favorite kind of condiment actually. Best with limau kasturi and with grilled fish…drool drool!

    Audrey – no it meant have a good day. Claude is such a sweetie. Happy that you like my new pictures…when you are getting your DSLR? ;)

    Simcooks – spot on. Yes, you can make it into a sambal cincaluk condiment and it complement grilled fish perfectly.

    Tiga – yes, Cincaluk is called Heh Yah Kay in Hokkien. :)

    Princess – obviously it was brought back from Malaysia. LOL. You should really try cincaluk, so good. Wait, I make ikan panggang and sambal cincaluk sambal, I tell you, you will be hooked. I can also cook chicken with cincaluk so it’s halal and you try. OK? :)

  15. Steamy Kitchen says:

    I love the crispy bits! Confesssion – I have never used Tamarind in my cooking before….

  16. Kenny Mah says:

    Oh oh oh. I was just chatting with Lyrical Lemongrass about cincaluk the other day and how we both LOVE it. It’s certainly an acquired taste but I can so envision a whole cookbook dedicated to it.

    I’d call it “To Cincaluk, With Love” … sounds good, yes? ;)

  17. C2 says:

    Rasa Malaysia-Yes bubuk is geragau. It appears name geragau is as foreign to me as bubuk is to you. They call it bubuk in Sarawak.Yes i do remember those prawn fritters. Thanks!Now I’m feeling hungry and deprived at the same time:+). Plenty of fresh bubuk the last time I was there.

  18. Kok says:

    rasa malaysia,
    Yea, he likes it. haha!

  19. wmw says:

    I have only eaten cincaluk omelette style and love it!

  20. Timothy says:

    Hey hey, you sound like you’re a hokkien lang. Are you?

    Anyway, D200 is okay … but a camera is still a camera. It has more to do with the one behind the camera. Like you, for instance. Right?

    Btw, I just posted another .. still on my S5000 though … too damn comfy to move on for the moment.

  21. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Steamy Kitchen – Tamarind is one of the best ingredients and I use it a lot in my cooking. You should try it.

    Kenny – I am glad that you love cincaluk, yeah, the title of the book sounds good, I like it. ;)

    C2 – thanks for telling me about bubuk in Sarawak, I will be on the lookout for them if I go there.

    Kok – cool. :)

    WMW – I have yet to try cincaluk with omelette, hmmm, I wonder how it tastes.

    Timothy – yes, I am from Penang, what do you think? ;) I loved my SD450 because it’s so convenient and takes great pictures. Your S5000 is awesome too, your pictures are already good. The thing with DSLR is that you can be more creative with the angles and the background looks a lot blurrer. Hehe.

  22. Keropok Man says:

    cincaluk that has been prepared well is very very nice!

    there’s this stall we always go, they serve keropok with cincaluk mixed with slided shallots and they taste so so so good!

    also another peranakan dish, cincaluk with eggs, oooooo.. so so so delicious too!

  23. audreycooks says:

    oh yes…silly me, voyage is journey.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Being Peranakan myself and living in Australia, i really miss old fashioned home cooking! Your recipes helped me remember a lot of the stuff i haven’t prepared in a long time. Love the blog! This site is waaaaay better than Mrs Lee’s cookbook!

  25. Anonymous says:

    This is the first time i hear about stir-fried pork with cincaluk. I hate cincaluk but your stir-fried pork with cincaluk recipe makes it sounds good.

  26. JC says:

    I love geragau. As we are from Melaka, we used to get it by the seaside in Limbongan. Mom used to cook the geragau (small shrimp used to make cincaluk) with eggs. They were yummy. It has been ages since I had geragau. Must go to the wet market to see if it’s available. One day must try to eat cincaluk. Though I am from Melaka, I have never tasted cincaluk. What a shame!

    Love your blog, Rasa Malaysia. The photos are beautiful.

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