Sambal oelek is an Indonesian condiment made from fresh chili peppers, vinegar, salt, and aromatics. This chili paste, unlike most other hot sauces, tastes predominantly of fresh chilies rather than vinegar, sugar, or spices. It is pungent, aromatic, and fruity with subtle heat. Sambal is perfect for adding depth and sweet heat to your sauces, marinades, and dishes. Sambal pairs particularly well with shellfish such as lobster, crab, and shrimp.
Uses: Sambal is incredibly versatile as both a condiment and ingredient. Add it to your cooked dishes to add a fresh pepper flavor. Use it as a topping mixed with more seasoned condiments such as bouillon or seasoning soy for an incredibly delicious sauce.