Nonya Sambal Sauce


  • 1/4 cup seeded dried hot red chiles
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup minced red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup minced onion
  • 3 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp minced dried shrimp (or 1 tsp anchovy paste)
  • 1/4 cup minced seeded fresh hot red chiles
  • 2 tsp salad oil
  • 3 Tbsp liquid tamarind concentrate or lime juice
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt


Soak chiles in hot water until soft, about 10 minutes.

Whirl mixture in blender until smooth.

In a 10-inch frying pan over medium-high heat, stir red bell pepper, onion, garlic, shrimp and hot chiles in salad oil until vegetables are limp - about 3 minutes.

Stir in dried chile mixture, tamarind concentrate, brown sugar and salt; cook 2 to 3 more minutes.

Makes 1 cup

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