Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Sambal Heh Bee recipe

The Sambal Heh Bee (Dried Prawn Sambal) recipe, by popular demand.

- 300g dried prawns
- 10 or more shallots (small onions)
- 5 pips garlic
- 10 seedless dried chillies
- 10 seedless fresh chillies
- 4 cm fresh young turmeric (kunyit)
- 4 stalk lemon grass (serai)
- 2 tsp shrimp paste (belacan)
- 3cm galangal (lengkuas)
- 2 tsp tamarind paste (assam jawa paste)
- 5 young shredded kaffir lime leaf (daun limau purut)
- 16 tbsp cooking oil
- sugar and salt to taste

1. Discard heads and shells of prawns. Soak in water for 10 to 15 minutes. Drain while keeping the water. Pound coarsely and keep a side. Dissolve asam jawa paste in 1\2 rice bowl of the water. Discard seeds and strain. Keep aside.
2. Soak dried chillies in warm water, remove and pound with kunyit, fresh chillies, serai. Add shallots, garlic, belacan, and re-pound until fairly fine.
3. Shred daun limau purut to fine and keep a side.

1. Heat frying pan. Add oil. Then lower the heat.
2. Add pounded ingredients (Belacan, serai, chillies, kunyit, etc) and stir until fragrant and until the ingredients sinks to the bottom of the oil.
3. Add pounded dried prawns and asam jawa juice. Stir until moist to your taste, or until dry.
4. When ready, mix daun limau purut when heh bee is cool.

*You can also use a food processor to replace the pounding.
*If you are going to serve the sambal heh bee with rice, it's nicer if you fry until it is dry. But if you are using it as filling (for buns, springrolls and etc) a moist version of the sambal heh bee is more suitable.
*Store extras or leftovers in the fridge/freezer up to 3 months. If you are planning to freeze the extras, freeze the moist version of the Sambal Heh Bee. Re-fry them when you want to eat for more fragrance.

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Malaysia Property

looks nice....love to eat dry prawn sambal....best of all sambals


malaysian property: the pic a bit blur... hehe will look more delicious if the pic was clearer =)

Lee Ping

just the recipe that I was looking for. Thanks. I am definitely linking this one!


Lee ping: send me some pictures! mine is really bad hehehe

Lee Ping

I tried this. It was super yummy. I made this with eggplants. I have written a draft but not published yet. Will send you a note when I publish.

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