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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Sambal Belachan

My Indonesian helper, Wina makes really good sambal belachan. She would always whip it up on the spot, just before she cook the dish for dinner. So everytime she cooks sambal belachan with kang kong, long beans or sweet potato leaves, I would be happy just to take the whole plate of veggies and eat it all up!

Ingredients (for 2):

- 4 whole shallots
- 3 cloves of garlic
- dried prawns
- dried chilli
- 2 tsp of belachan

Blend the above ingredients. Then you fry it. Add salt and sugar to taste with the blended ingredients in the frying pan. Always prepare it fresh when you want to eat it. Don't store it in the fridge.

Here's what I had last night. So yummy!

Boiled Sweet Potato Leaves with Sambal Belachan

You can also use the basic sambal belachan recipe with seafood and meat. But the only difference with seafood and meat is that, its best to add assam. So if you want to cook with prawns or squid, you can slice onions and fry it with your sambal belachan. Then you add about 2 TB of assam in it to get the sourish taste.

My helper made this dish months ago.. definitely worth trying if you love spice!

Squid with Assam Sambal Belachan

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