Sambal Lampung – Lampung Chili Sauce Recipe

Most Indonesian enjoy savory food with a side of sambal (chili sauce). This practice is so ingrained in our psyche that even western food franchises such as KFC, Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, e.t.c. are forced to serve their food with a bottle of chili sauce alongside the requisite bottle of tomato ketchup.

I always thought that the pairing of sambal and tomato ketchup is a universal thing, and it only dawned on me that this is not so when I came to the United States for my college education.

Ye gods, I don’t want to talk about the chili withdrawal syndrome back in those days, you have no idea how happy I was when I finally got a hold of a bottle of chili sauce.

Sambal Lampung – Lampung Chili Sauce

Sambal Lampung or Indonesian bottled chili sauce

There are many kinds of sambal in Indonesia, but the one paired with tomato ketchup to serve alongside western food is derived from sambal Lampung, and since this sambal always comes in a bottle, we lovingly call them sambal botol (bottled chili sauce).

If you visit any supermarket in Indonesia, you will see many varieties of sambal botol, from spicy to mild to sweet. The one I present here is probably what I will call the normal version, which to me has a balanced amount of sweetness, sourness, and spiciness. You can adjust the amount of chilies, tomatoes, and sugar to suit your taste.

Sambal Lampung - Lampung Chili Sauce

Sambal Lampung – Lampung Chili Sauce

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