Sunday, 9 March 2014

Sambal Prawns

My mother in law is not a good cook but she does a mean dish of Sambal Udang that captivated me when I was dating her son.  This dish is also the dish that help my hubby got started in eating spicy food when he was young.

Thinking about this, I realised that if you have a son, your precious recipe will be lost but if you have a daughter, you can pass it on.  I am blessed that my son and daughter enjoy cooking and baking and hopefully, they will put this journal to good use when I am gone.

I modified it a little as I find that the measurement might not be correct. According to hubby, hers is more saucy and a little more salty.  

Thus I added in a little more tamarind juice  and mine became a little more sourish as compared to hers.  Perhaps I should just stick to water to create more sauce. 

Overall, the taste is quite identical as our memory holds.

What you need:

1/2 kg prawns, deshelled and deveined
30 dried chillies (you can reduce it to 20)
8 shallots
4 clove garlic
Assam juice (adjust accordingly to taste)
1 tsp of sugar 
Salt to taste


Boil dried chillies in water until it has soften.

Blend soften chillies, shallots, garlic until fine paste.

Put enough oil to fry the paste until fragrant.  

Sieve through the assam juice and add a little by little until it is to your sour taste preference.  If you prefer more sauce, add a little water.

Season with salt and sugar.

Serve with white rice.

I'm linking this post to Little Thumbs Up Event - Prawns March 2014 
hosted by Moon of Food Playground



  1. Hi Edith,

    Prior blogging, I remember scribbling my fav recipes all in a notebook hoping that I can pass it on to someone that will appreciate it in the future... Now, I actually writing everything down in my blog, hopping to extend my appreciation to everyone :D

    Your smabal udang looks yummy and hope that the legacy of recipe continue...


  2. Zoe I also hope the recipes can be passed down. It is really sad to see old recipes died together with the person. Both my grannies are awesome cooks but during that time no one thought about recording it down. A pity.

  3. Hi Edith your sambal prawns look so delicious. Simple ingredients that one can find in the pantry. Thanks for sharing this special recipe. Thanks to blogging, we can hopefully pass down our favourite recipes.

    1. Do give this a try Veronica. My girl who doesn't take spicy food takes to this dish.

  4. Thank for sharing your secret recipe with us! Would love to give it a try. Your delicious sambal prawns has indeed make me hungry already!.

    1. Mel, try it. I hope you will like it.

  5. Hi Edith,
    Love your sambas prawn. It's redness looks so attractive and inviting.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe to LTU.

    Hope with our blogging and sharing, all the wonderful recipes can be pass down :)

    1. Yes Mui, blogging is about sharing so that our next generation will have a chance to sample our childhood dishes as well.

  6. This sambal prawn looks so tempting! Thanks for linking to this month LTU :)

  7. Is this your original home reicpe or Copied n Edited from elsewhere?

    1. This recipe was given to me by my Sister in law who witnessed how my mother in law cooked it.


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