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Sambal oelek!

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On the topic of making stuff that you could buy way cheaper, but making it yours, I present my first try on sambal oelek:

 

Chop, chop:

 

 

and blitz:

 

 

 

and simmer with rice vinegar, salt, sugar and a dash of lime:

 

 

 

And good lord, it is hot. Still balanced, though.

 

Part of it went into a sterilised jar, part of it went off to season today's new batch of kimchi. 

 

In other news from the pickling front - the garlic pickled in vinegar and riesling is good to go now - nice nutty flavour with the fruitiness of the wine and the zing from the vinegar.

 

Seriously, if the autumn depression is getting you, go pickle something. It's what the season is made for :D

 

Cheers, GM.

post #2 of 7

Is that lemongrass? I loooove sambal oelek. And tuong ot. licklips.gif

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Yes, lemongrass. To add some fresh notes, together with some lime zest and juice.

post #4 of 7

Nice, I make my own sambal as well.

I fry mine with garlic, soy, vinegar and a bit of sugar. It's close to a sambal badjak.

 

Then just a little correction: what you are making is not sambal oelek as sambal oelek is not fried. Yours is closer to sambal goreng (goreng meaning fried)

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Thanks for the info, butzy!

It's not exactly fried, though, just brought to a simmer for 2-3 minutes. Some recipes I found call for it, some don't - whatever its name, it is tasty. 

 

I definitely need a good Indonesian cookbook - so many sambals, so little time....

 

Well, tonight I gonna start a batch of mustard. I am really getting into making condiments at the moment. 

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You are absolutely right: As long as it is tasty, who cares what it is called :)

My dad was born and raised in Indonesia (when it was still the Dutch east indies) and I we grew up with Indonesian food. My dad liked cooking as well and I suppose he transferred that on to me.

 

Good books:

Try Sri Owen: Indonesian regional cooking: http://www.amazon.com/Indonesian-Regional-Food-Cookery-Owen/dp/0711212732/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351064584&sr=1-9&keywords=sri+owen

Most of my other books are in Dutch, so not very helpful, I assume......

Will go through my book case and see if I have others that are in English

 

Website: 

Have a look at http://www.asiancook.eu/indonesian/sambalans/752-sambal-goreng-fried-basic-sambal

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Thanks for the tips, butzy - I found "Sri Owen's Indonesian Food" for cheap on amazon warehouse deals... I think I'll start there.

 

If you have anything "must have" in Dutch, well, I speak German and English, so I usually can work out most Dutch texts with some dictionary help, and my girlfriend is sufficiently fluent in Dutch anyway, so that would not be a problem.

 

Cheers,

 

GM 

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