Heat the vegetable oil in a pot or wok, add the sambal paste, and sauté well. If you don't sauté the mixture well enough, it will give you a tummy ache. Heat over medium.
Add the salt and sugar and continue simmering. After all the ingredients have mixed together, turn off the heat. When cooled, it will harden a bit. Keep an eye on it and if it seems too firm, add some water.
If you add fried anchovies and fried peanuts, it will become the Malaysian dish called "Sambal Ikan Bilis."
Story Behind this Recipe
Sambal is a must-have condiment in Malaysian home cooking.
The sauce can splatter when you're preparing it, so I recommend you make this before you plan on cleaning your kitchen.