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Sambal Belacan

Sambal Belacan Recipe

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A bottle of homemade sambal belacan (belachan) is surely a handy condiment to have. I am a self confessed sambal belachan addict. Now that I started making my own sambal belachan chilli, there is no turning back for me. Sambal belacan is such a handy condiment to keep in the fridge – you can add a little to any dish especially for local dishes such as fried bee hoon and fried rice. As a condiment, it makes any bland dish taste great. I swear I can eat plain white rice with only sambal belacan and still emerged very happy.

See Also: Sambal Tumis Recipe

Note: The more belacan (shrimp paste) you use, the darker the colour of the sambal chilli. For the one pictured above, I used more than the stated quantity in the recipe, hence the dark shade. I love adding more belacan when making this chilli for stir-fries. If using it solely as a condiment, I use less belacan, i.e. the actual quantity stated in the recipe.

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You can use sambal belacan for stir-fries (pictured above), or fry it with some dried shrimps, garlic and shallots for a more Chinese version of spicy dried shrimps, or more commonly known locally as hae bee hiam. Making your sambal belachan is really easy since there is no cooking involved (except for toasting the belacan beforehand). It stores in the fridge for slightly more than a week. 

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  1. Melissa — March 18, 2012 @ 1:48 am

    Where can I get belachan in Sg?


    • wiffy replied: — March 18th, 2012 @ 9:25 am

      You can find it readily at local supermarkets.


  2. Indra — April 9, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    Hi, how long do you toast the belachan?


    • wiffy replied: — April 9th, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

      Hi, toast until you smell the pungent aroma. It will also be very flaky & crumbly when you break it in two with a spatula.


  3. josephine Chua — June 11, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    Thanks for your recipe!!. going to try out the hay bee hiam


    • varsha replied: — August 1st, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

      Hi how do i make vegetarian sambal belacan?


  4. cheryn — February 18, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

    i will definitely try to make my own sambal belacan this week ^:^


  5. LK — April 2, 2015 @ 5:48 pm

    Hi, how long can this no cook sambal be stored?


    • wiffy replied: — April 6th, 2015 @ 9:50 am

      about a week or so, in the fridge.


  6. Theresa — May 16, 2016 @ 8:40 pm

    Hi! Is there a sambal belacan that can last for a month? Or maybe even longer?


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