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Cincalok Omelette

Cincalok Egg Recipe

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This is a quick and easy Nonya omelette recipe where the eggs are seasoned primarily with cincalok, a food of Malaccan origin. Cincalok is basically fermented shrimps (known as krill or “geragau”) brined in salt – you can even see the tiny black dots aka the shrimp eyes peeping through the glass bottle. It is usually used as a condiment with lime juice, sliced chilli and shallots, perfect for spicy foods. “Pungent”, “stinky” and “smell of rotten fish” are common descriptions one will use to describe its smell.

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Once you got pass the creepy eyes and potent smell though, you will be glad to acquire the taste for this unpretentious ingredient. In this fried eggs, there is no other seasoning required as it is very salty on its own with a depth of flavour. This simple dish goes very well with porridge.

Cincalok (Fermented Shrimp)

My bottle of cincalok bought from the supermarket. Take care when opening the glass bottle for the first time, as the fermentation process causes pressure to build up inside the container.

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6 Responses to “Cincalok Omelette”

  1. tigerfish — December 6, 2014 @ 2:34 am

    I sometimes add krill (not cincalok) when I make omelette too! kekeke….am ok with creepy eyes…


  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes — December 8, 2014 @ 3:02 am

    It looks very appetizing!


  3. B — December 26, 2014 @ 8:28 pm

    This is so flavourful! Love cincalok.


  4. Jessica — November 15, 2016 @ 7:56 pm

    May i know if the bottle needs to be refrigerated after opening?


    • wiffy replied: — November 16th, 2016 @ 2:20 am

      Yes! you definitely need to.



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