Auria’s Malaysian Kitchen Hot Chili Sambal $14.95

Originally from Indonesia and ubiquitous across Southeast Asia in countries such as Malaysia and Singapore, the chili-garlic paste sambal is gaining recognition in the United States for its bold, balanced flavor and minimal ingredients.

The chili paste is consumed with the same frequency and gusto as ketchup in Western countries.

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Blend sambal into mayonnaise or ketchup as you would sriracha, to make a delicious condiment for sandwiches and burgers. Or add a spoonful to noodle dishes such as Malaysian-Style Noodles with Pork and Mushrooms and Scallion Noodles. Try Hot Chili Sambal over our Cinnamon, Beef and Noodle Soup, inspired by Vietnamese pho, or Singaporean Shrimp and Chicken Noodle Soup (Laksa).

Kitchen Notes

This small-batch version from Auria's Malaysian Kitchen has a wonderful chili-forward flavor, with a balance between the brightness of fresh peppers and the earthiness of dried chilies that makes it adaptable to all manner of recipes. The spice is rounded out with pungent garlic and a touch of sugar and vinegar, and the producer also uses shrimp paste in its recipe, which contributes umami flavor without any fishiness. As an ingredient for cooking, you can get more mileage out of sambal than hot sauce thanks to its thicker consistency, while its complexity makes it a great powerhouse ingredient for weeknight stir-fries. Try substituting sambal for the red chili flakes in our Thai Stir-Fried Spinach.

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