Malaysian Hot and Spicy, Sambal Belacan

August 08, 2015

Sambal Belacan, Malaysian spicy chilli dip to have with fried fish and rice.

Malaysian Chilli Dip

Better late than never!
The photos were taken early June and supposed to be posted last week along with the video... however, I did not manage to do so, because of .. shall we say 'teething problems' in video shooting.

I was about to edit the shoot, lo and behold!!!! to my dismay, the video looked like it was shot on a boat...swaying from side to side! I'd be suffering from bout of seasickness, if I were to proceed with it :(

Left with no alternative but to go for take 2

Sambal Belacan

I do not mind if I were to re-take and re-make this chilli dip/ sambal belacan everyday. I love sambal belacan, especially during cold winter warms up my tummy ;P

This sambal/ chilli dip is one of the must have in most Malaysian households. Its works like an appetiser, even though we usually have it alongside our main meal.

I usually served sambal belacan with deep fried fish and sliced cucumber, and of course hot steam rice drizzle with some kicap manis :D

In the good 'old days', before all sort of cooking gadgets ’that makes our life easier' flooded into the market, sambal belacan was prepared by pounding chillies using mortar and pestle.
If you hear ‘ketung-ketang’... echoing in your neighbourhood, yes that is the sound of music from mortar and pestle, and you’d know what your neighbour could possibly have for lunch that day ;P

Even though preparing sambal, the traditional way makes it all ‘authentic’...
I personally prefer to use food processor, less mess... to eliminate the possibility of getting my eye ‘burn’ from the odd chilli splatter... that one tiny splatter could ruin your day!!!

If you insist on preparing the ‘authentic’ way, I strongly suggest.... put on your safety goggles!!! :D
and wear gloves when handling the chillies... not a nice feeling too when your 'other’ sensitive anatomy get in contact with hands that handled chillies :(

Spicy and hot chilli dip

Hope you enjoy my short video on making Malaysian favourites :D


  1. Love sambal sauce! The pan seared fish behind look pretty awesome too, Lisa.

  2. Delightfully spicy! A great accompaniment to your gorgeous pan-seared fish.



  3. I love sambal belacan too.... love it with my fried fish on it. Sedappppp!!