Sambal Belacan


50g shrimp paste (belacan), crumbled
120g fresh red chillies, seeded
5 bird’s eye chillies
2 kaffir lime leaves, remove the veins
1/2 tsp salt
Juice of 2-3 calamansi limes
1/4tsp sugar
2 tbsp oil


Heat oil in a nonstick saucepan. Add belacan and fry over low heat till fragrant.

Put in both chillies, salt and kaffir lime leaves. Fry for about a minute, then remove from heat. Tip into a food processor and blitz until finely chopped. Dish out and add sugar and lime juice to taste.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or serve immediately as a condiment for vegetables, such as cucumber, ladies fingers, carrot, celery and cherry tomatoes.

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