Sambal Sotong – 三峇烏賊

Sambal Sotong – Throw in fresh squid with a spicy mix of chili, tomatoes, belacan, and many other spices, and you’ll have this popular dish that goes in so many Nasi Lemak stores. An evergreen dish, it’s often served over banana leaves in zi char and seafood stores as well!

Now, cooking this dish is not difficult as you need to get the spices right to cook yourself this yummilicious dish. That will really give that extra oomph!

This goes well with rice, other zi char dishes, or even on it’s on. Cook this dish and tell us what you think about it!

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  • Servings: 4

  • Time: 10 min

  • Skill: Easy


  1. Sambal Recipe

  2. 20g dried chillies

  3. 20g belacan

  4. 80g red chillies

  5. 150g shallots

  6. 60g garlic

  7. 40g lemongrass

  8. 25g ginger

  9. 40g palm sugar

  10. 2 tbsp tamarind mixed with 3 tbsp hot water

  11. 1 tsp salt

  12. 100ml oil

  13. Sotong

  14. 1kg Sotong (squid)

  15. 1 onions

  16. 2 tomatoes

  17. 1 tbsp sugar

  18. 1 tsp salt

  19. 2 tbsp oil

  20. 1 banana leaf

  21. 6 calamansi


  1. Cut 2 tomatoes each into eighths

  2. Peel and slice an onion

  3. Remove inners from 1kg of sotong and peel off the skin

  4. Cut sotong into 1/2 inch rings

  5. Add 2 tsp oil to pan

  6. Add sliced onions, then tomatoes

  7. Add 1 cup sambal paste

  8. Add 50ml water, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp salt

  9. Add sotong rings

  10. Cover and let it cook for 6-8 mins

  11. Serve with calamansi

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