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    Sambal Oelek

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    Sue Lau's Note:

    Makes a hot and fiery chile sauce that can be used both as a condiment and in cooking.

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    • 4 ounces fresh red chilies, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon vegan sugar (or granulated sugar; to taste)
    • 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)


    1. 1
      Place ingredients into a blender and pulse until chiles are finely chopped but not pureed.
    2. 2
      Adjust seasonings to taste.
    3. 3
      Store in a sealed container under refrigeration until needed.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 23, 2003


      Sue L this is as good as the Dutch brand (I can't remember their name but they make the whole line of spices - NasiGoreng etc etc) Of course I used hot chilies and some hot pepper flakes. The first thing I tested it on was plain noodles - buttered and just a touch of Sambal Oelek.. I am freezing some of this batch in teaspoon amounts for future use. This is so reasonable to make versus $2.95 for a small jar - Thanks Sue I'm in business!!!!

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    • on October 19, 2013


      I ran out of the Huy Fong sambal oelek, and happened to see Thai bird's eye chilies at the farmer's market the next weekend. I wasn't certain what to do with them, so I looked online. This is so easy and tastes so much better than Huy Fong! After making it, I decided to try adding a little lime juice and a crushed clove of garlic. Even better! The instructions say not to puree it, but this is supposed to be a paste, so I wouldn't worry about overdoing it. Also, my blender, which is a pretty good one, failed to grind this up fine enough, so I tried using my old coffee grinder that I use as a spice mill. It worked beautifully.

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    • on April 27, 2012

      The recipe is great.
      Thanks a million!

      Kind regards,

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    Nutritional Facts for Sambal Oelek

    Serving Size: 1 (124 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 61.9
    Calories from Fat 4
    Total Fat 0.5 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 2335.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 14.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.7 g
    Sugars 10.2 g
    Protein 2.1 g

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    rice wine vinegar

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