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Sambal Long Beans

Sambal Long Beans Recipe

Sambal Long Beans Recipe

Belacan is pungent smelling. Open your windows and remove all laundry (if you have them in the kitchen) when you’re making this dish.

Serves: 2-3

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins


  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 tbsp sambal belachan (either  home made or store bought)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 200g long bean, ends trimmed and cut to 5 cm (2 inch) length
  • salt to taste

(A) Dried shrimps paste

  • 1 tbsp dried shrimps soaked in water until softened
  • 5 shallots peeled
  • 5 garlic cloves peeled


  1. Finely chop or pulse (A) in electric grinder for a few seconds.
  2. Heat oil in wok. Add (A) and sambal belacan. Stir fry briefly until you can smell the aroma.
  3. Add long beans and water. Stir fry for a few minutes and mix well, until the water has evaporated and the long beans are well coated in the sambal sauce.
  4. Season with salt with needed. I did not add salt because my home made sambal belachan is already nicely salted. Serve with steamed rice.

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36 Responses to “Sambal Long Beans”

  1. Angie's Recipes — June 19, 2010 @ 9:23 pm

    Really need to make some sambal! This green bean dish looks so tempting.


  2. Faith — June 20, 2010 @ 3:43 am

    Spicy and salty is my kind of food too! I need to make this! :)


  3. HoppingHammy — June 20, 2010 @ 8:32 am

    Hi wiffy! The presentation on this set of photos deserves two thumbs up, as always! :up: :up: The beans look tasty!

    Sorry for being so busy and not replying to your last few posts recently. :( I promise I still looked at each one and the blueberry smoothie looks especially delicious. Hope you’re having a good week. Take care. :D


    • wiffy replied: — June 21st, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

      Hi I know you’re busy! I’m happy that you are making good progress with your project and it’s so sweet for you to drop by now and then :) Regarding my own project, I wished I had your momentum :( you are my role model hehe


  4. zy — June 20, 2010 @ 11:38 pm

    reminds me of my sambal kangkong sambal sweet potato leaves . irresitible!


  5. samantha — June 22, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

    Dear Wiffy!!!

    Making it so easy for the rest of us…I am eating my ‘experiment’ but w French beans and it taste good…! Thanks again for a great and simple recipe! Hugs…and God Bless!



  6. Ippo456 — June 23, 2010 @ 12:40 am

    Sambal belachan is good with almost anything! When it comes to vegetables, I normally use sambal belachan with kangkung or fried hard-boiled eggs.


  7. dave — June 24, 2010 @ 9:29 am

    Looks so good! I love sambal belachan and the stir-fried green beans hit the spot. I have to try making my own sambal sometime though…


  8. Ann — January 7, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

    Hi wiffy,

    tried this recipe today with the sambal bought from ntuc (the brand that you recommend;)
    i’m not a very good cook hence i’m not very sure how long should i stir fried the long beans and the end result is that long beans are quite hard.. my mum said it could be me adding in water to stir fried the long beans. But i have been following every step in your recipe. Do you have any idea how long should i stir fried the long beans?



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