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sambal belacan is one of the most popular malaysian dips, which can be eaten with rice and any lauk or ulam. a must-have malay condiments to whet the appetite. some can't eat without it! being married to a man whose makan motto is 'the spicier the better', i push myself to learn to cook spicy lauk, and now this!
jangan gelak okay! yah yah, i know most of you ladies out there can make sambal belacan with both eyes closed! but i really did not know how to make a sambal belacan before this. so i'm really proud of myself when i got to know that it's really not that difficult to assemble the ingredients and whipped yourself a fiery good sambal belacan!
the belacan is supposed to be 'roasted' or 'toasted' - i remember my mak used to 'toast' belacan using an old toaster, and she forbid us to use that toaster for anything else because of the smell that has envelope the entire toaster! but some say it's fine even if it's not. okay.
i googled. called a few otais. facebooked my misery. and this is the result! yay me! korang pun cakap lah yay!
* * *here goes - syigim's sambal belacan (hot dried shrimp chilli paste).
- red hot chilli
- bird's eye chilli
- dried shrimp paste (belacan) - preferably roasted
- lime squeeze
- tamarind juice (air asam)
i can't really tell you how many this or that. main campak-campak aje. hihi.
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fry all chillies and shallots in 1-2 minutes or until the aroma reaches your nose. drain and place in mortar to be pounded mercilessly! (cue evil laughter).
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pound fried chillies, onions and shallots until they're friendly with each other, or orang melayu kata, mesra! while pounding, i was like, 'kilometres' away from the stone mortar while closing my eyes, opening it a little bit just to see if it's done. ha ha. masuk mata kang!
some grind these items together with the belacan, and some grind the chillies first, and then add in belacan. mane-mane pun ke lesung batu jugak bahan-bahan tu, kan!
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when everything started to mesh together and the color soon became brownish with a hint of red here and there, i was so excited. squeeze in the lime juice and it's ready! mix well, and serve!
hey, for the first time i made my own sambal belacan!
mr. khairul's verdict : cedok. makan. rasa. diam.
yay! mission accomplished!
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thanks to these responses in my facebook. i made it! :)