Monday, July 19, 2010

Sempoi Sambal Belacan (Shrimp Paste Sambal) - Hubby's signature dish :)

I just cannot make good sambal ;) perhaps because I only eat them when cooked as base for a dish. But hubby makes great sambal belacan (endorsed by a big number of family members & friends :)). It's great as a dip or as base for stir fry.

Estimated amount of about 1/2 cup:

4-5 red chillies
2-3 green chillies
a few small chillies (be careful it can't be burning with this ;) so depends on hot hot you want the sambal to be)
about 10-15 dried anchovies
1 1/2 - 2 tablespoon shrimp paste (my hubby uses belacan from Sarawak, its obvious coz he is from there :))
slices of lime / lemon 

- wash chillies, remove top stalk, cut into small chunks
- was anchovies but not too long or it'll be soggy
- put all ingredients into a mortar grinder
- pound all ingredients till almost fine 
- serve fresh, squeeze lime / lemon juice to taste or use it as a base for stir fry 

Happy trying ... :) 

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