Sambal Belacan

Sambal Belacan

Sambal Belacan

“This is a pungent chile condiment that is used as garnish over laksa dishes, dipping sauce for simple grilled fish or as a side condiment for any rice meals. It is considered a staple in a Malay household.”


  • 1 tablespoon belacan (shrimp paste)
  • 8 fresh red chile peppers, coarsely sliced
  • salt to taste
  • 2 small kasturi limes, halved


  1. Place belacan in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir until fragrant and toasted, about 5 minutes.
  2. Grind red chile peppers with salt using a mortar and pestle until coarsely ground. Add belacan and grind until evenly distributed. Squeeze limes over paste just before serving.

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