Sambal (Malaysian Chili Pepper Sauce)

Sambal (Malaysian Chili Pepper Sauce)

Sambal is a sauce that's spicy, a little bit sweet, and very appetizing. It's great with boiled eggs or cucumbers. If you're not really into spicy food, try having it mixed with mayo.


Sambal paste (Recipe ID: 795467)
250 g
Vegetable oil
3 tablespoons
4~5 tablespoons
1 tablespoon


1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.