Sambal Olek?
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Okay, another one of my crazy questions - does anyone know of some good recipes for using a Thai (I think) hot sauce called Sambal Olek? My stepson has raved about this sauce, so I finally found it and now, google isn't showing me any good recipes to try. I'd guess I can just try some kind of stir fry and throw it in, but would like to see if it works with things like coconut milk, etc. I love Thai food! Thx!
  Re: Sambal Olek? by carolekv (Okay, another one of...)
I wasn't sure exactly what Sambal Oelek was Carole, so I didn't comment on it. The next recipe I entered (Asian Barbecued Pork with Sweet Tart Sauce) in MasterCook called for it, so I guess I'll be waiting for an answer along with you.
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  Re: Sambal Olek? by carolekv (Okay, another one of...)
Carole, the only recipe I have made thus far(I am relatively new here) that called for Sambal Olek was Spicy Pickled Vegetables. It was a recommended side dish for Korean Beef Bulgogi. I was unable to find Sambal Olek and substituted Thai chili paste. It was in issue 70. It did not have coconut milk in it tho. Good luck to you!

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  Re: Re: Sambal Olek? by chef_Tab (Carole, the only rec...)
Good question---I have a tiny jar of this Sambal Olek in my spice cupboard---I JUST KNOW that I saw a recipe SOMEWHERE calling for this----GEESH!!!! Curiouser and curiouser

I will check--I think it was in one of my Indian recipe books....haven't been there for a while!
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  Re: Re: Sambal Olek? by Roxanne 21 (Good question---I ha...)
I just tend to throw it in stuff that I am making - stir fry, used some in my meat loaf, a pasta primavera, just about anything. Chelsea made me get some when we were shopping at school with her. I found that I liked that more than tabasco, not vinegary like tabasco is, but still provides a little heat.
  Re: Re: Sambal Olek? by iBcookin (I just tend to throw...)
Here's a recipe I found:

Sambal Oelek (Indonesian Spice)

Recipe By : Jill Norman * Web File 4/97
Serving Size : 0 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Mixes and Spices Oriental / Far East Indonesian

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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250 g (8 oz) fresh red chilies
1 tsp salt
1 tsp soft brown sugar

Jars of sambal can be bought in many Oriental shops and in some delicatessens, but it is quite easy to make your own, especially with a food processor. This is the most basic sambal. To make other sambals, ingredients such as trassi or blachan, a firm paste made of rotted shrimp, and candlenuts are added to the mix.

Heat a heavy frying pan and put in the chilies after 2-3 minutes. Dry roast over a medium heat for a few minutes. Cool, then chop finely and pound to a paste with the salt and sugar. The chili seeds may be taken out, or left in if you want a really fiery relish. The sambal will keep for a week or so in a jar in the refrigerator.

Another one:

Homemade Sambal Oelek

A staple in Malaysian and Thai cooking. Oelek means grinding so sambal oelek means ground chilli sambal! This can also be frozen.

1 lb red chilies
5 1/2 ounces garlic, peeled and chopped
5 1/2 ounces tender young ginger, peeled and chopped
2 stalks lemongrass, thinly sliced (white part only)
6 fluid ounces vinegar
8 ounces sugar
salt, to taste
1 tablespoon lime zest, chopped
Blend the chillies, garlic, ginger and lemon grass in a food processor or mortar and pestle.

While processing gradually add the vinegar.

Place the pureed mixture into a saucepan and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat and simmer for 3 minutes.

Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.

Add the salt and lime zest.

Remove from the heat, cool and bottle in sterilised jars.
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  Re: Re: Sambal Olek? by bjcotton (Here's a recipe I fo...)
Oh, I found the Thai Basil Chicken recipe in the first Weeknight recipe magazine and I bet I could use this instead of jalapenos in it! I'll try and let you all know...
  Re: Re: Sambal Olek? by carolekv (Oh, I found the Thai...)
How funny, I did a search on MasterCook for recipes I've made using it and nothing came up. I go thru a jar every year or so, so I know I use it often....guess I've never entered the recipes in M.C. Will have to check some of my cookbooks.
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  Re: Re: Sambal Olek? by cjs (How funny, I did a s...)
Oh, the recipe I found didn't actually have Sambal Olek in it, but I figured I could use it instead of the jalapenos that it does call for. I have a funny issue between my stomach and jalapenos anyway - never totally understood it, but my stomach hates those things, regardless of what my tastebuds say! Somehow, other hot things aren't quite as bad.
  Re: Re: Sambal Olek? by cjs (How funny, I did a s...)
Shame on you Jean, not recording recipes in MC.
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