Sambal Terasi (shrimp hot sauce)

You will need: mortar and pestle or food processor. 


• 10 Thai Dragon chilies

• 3 tbsp shrimp paste

• 1 garlic clove, peeled

• 1 shallot, peeled

• small thumb fresh galangal

• 1/2 kaffir lime leaf

• 1 tsp salt

• 1 small tomato, halved

• 2 tbsp coconut sugar (can be substituted with brown sugar)

• a dash of water or bouillon broth



Blend all ingredients except the last three in a mortar and pestle or food processor until it makes a chunky paste. Add the tomato, sugar, and liquid and blend until fine but still with a bit of texture. 

Beware: while this may be the stuff dreams are made of, this sambal is very, very spicy. Or, as we say in Indonesian, pedas sekali!