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sambal oelek

  • Chicken Larb

    Chicken Larb

    Chicken Larb

    (Serves 6-8)

    1 Head of Boston Lettuce or similar, separated into individual 'lettuce cups'
    2 large chicken breasts
    2 Thai bird chilies or a Serrano chili, minced
    1 tsp lemon grass (optional)
    2 tblsp toasted rice flour
    2 shallots, minced
    ¼ small red onion, minced
    juice of 3 limes
    2 tsp sambal oelek (chili sauce)
    ½ bunch mint, minced
    ½ bunch of cilantro, minced
    1 tsp salt
    ¼ cup crushed peanuts, garnish (optional)

    NOTES: Serve hot or cold. I used Jasmin rice for the toasted rice powder and after toasting it till golden in a frying pan over low heat, I ground it to powder using a spice grinder.

    Remove any fat from the chicken breast and mince the meat, either use a food processor or a knife and make tiny pieces. In a frying pan on medium heat quickly cook the chicken, don't over cook it.

    If you're making hot larb, continue adding the ingredients to the fry pan, liquids first then chilies and spices and then the toasted rice flour and lastly herbs. Turn off the heat and serve in the lettuce cups.

    If you are making cold larb, remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes. Add the toasted rice powder, stir in well. Add the rest of the ingredients and let sit 10 minutes before serving in lettuce cups.

    Top with crushed nuts if you are using them.

  • Salty Hot Pepper Side

    Salty Hot Pepper Side
    Salty Hot Pepper Side
    (Makes 6-8 oz)

    12 Serrano Chilies
    3 cloves garlic, minced fine
    4 tblsp Sambal Oelek chili sauce
    ¼ cup soy sauce
    2 tsp salt
    1 tblsp olive oil

    NOTES: I started making this for a rice dish I was trying to mimic called 'spicy crispy chicken over rice'. The chicken was easy, make nuggets deep fried. The rice even easier... make rice. The trick I found was this tiny amount of salty spicy mix that there was never enough of! Here is my version of that salty spicy mix!

    In a medium sauce pan add the olive oil, when warm, add the sliced Serrano chili peppers. Sprinkle half the salt, 1 tsp, over the peppers. Cook down until soft, about 3 minutes, then let some get a tiny bit crispy, mix well. At this point add in the minced garlic and the last tsp of salt. Stir. let saute for 2 minutes. add in the Sambal Oelek, mix then add the soy sauce. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes. (the longer the more concentrated the saltiness). Use with your favorite recipes that call for some heat! Good in cheese dips, salads, pastas, breads spreads, etc! Enjoy!
    Store in refrigerator in small Tupperware covered containers.