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Sambal Asem

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Category: Indonesian

 Ingredients List

  • 1 sm Piece of trassi*
  • 4 Fresh red chilies (up to 5)
  • 1 Green chili
  • 1 ts Salt
  • 2 ts Brown sugar
  • 1 tb Lemon or lime juice (lime is
  • -better)
  • 1 ts Tamarid concentrate (up to
  • -2)


The following spice mixtures are just samples of how to make each mixture.
There are many many varieties of each mixture and the below recipes can be
modified to fit individual tastes. Sambals are a relish like mixuture of
spices and can be store for a week or so in a tightly sealed jar in the

Wrap trassi in foil and grill until it darkens. Remove seeds from chilies.
Chop finely. Pound or press trassi and chilies with other ingredients until
you have a smooth paste.

*trassi is a firm paste made of rotting shrimp it is also sold under the
name blachan.

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