Recipe Kale Belacan

Kale Belacan is a delightful Malaysian dish that combines the nutritious goodness of kale with the savory flavors of belacan, a traditional shrimp paste. This dish offers a perfect balance of flavors and textures, making it a favorite among both veggie lovers and those new to Malaysian cuisine.


  • 1 bunch of kale, washed and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons belacan (shrimp paste)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red chili, sliced (optional, for added spice)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the minced garlic and sliced red chili (if using) to the pan. Sauté until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Crumble the belacan into the pan and continue to sauté until it becomes aromatic, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the chopped kale to the pan. Stir-fry for 3-4 minutes or until the kale is wilted and cooked to your desired tenderness.
  5. Season with salt to taste.
  6. Remove from heat and transfer to a serving dish.


Serve the Kale Belacan hot as a side dish alongside steamed rice or as part of a larger Malaysian feast. Garnish with additional sliced chili for an extra kick of heat and enjoy the vibrant flavors of this traditional dish.


  • Be cautious when cooking belacan as it has a strong aroma. Open windows for ventilation if needed.
  • Adjust the amount of chili according to your spice preference.
  • For a richer flavor, you can add a squeeze of lime juice or a sprinkle of sugar to the dish.


  • Substitute kale with other leafy greens such as spinach or collard greens.
  • Add protein by tossing in some tofu cubes or cooked shrimp.
  • Experiment with different spices and herbs like ginger or lemongrass for added complexity.

Nutritional Information:

  • The calorie content of Kale Belacan can vary depending on factors such as serving size and the amount of oil used. On average, a serving of Kale Belacan (approximately 1 cup) contains around 100-150 calories.


Kale Belacan offers a delightful fusion of flavors and textures, making it a standout dish in Malaysian cuisine. With its simple preparation and nutritious ingredients, it's a perfect choice for a quick and satisfying meal. Whether enjoyed as a side dish or a main course, this dish is sure to impress with its vibrant taste and cultural heritage. Try it today to experience the unique flavors of Malaysia right in your own kitchen!


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