“Ikan bilis” or anchovy is a small, herringlike marine fish of the family Engraulidae, especially the European fish (Engraulis encrasicholus).

In Roman times, they were the base for the fermented fish sauce called garum that was a staple of cuisine and an item of long-distance commerce produced in industrial quantities, and were also consumed raw as an aphrodisiac.

Today, they are used in various type of dishes as a flavor.

Most of the anchovies sold at various supermarkets, groceries stores in Bintulu are imported.