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Sambal Tomat Kecap – Indonesian Tomato Chili Relish Recipe

Indonesia is home to hundreds of chili sauce and relish. The easiest one to make at home is probably this sambal tomat kecap – Indonesian tomato chili relish. This sambal is a favorite accompaniment for fried/grilled chicken, fish, tofu, and tempe dishes. Also, unlike many Indonesian sambal with terasi (shrimp paste) in it, sambal tomat kecap is totally vegan friendly.

Sambal Tomat Kecap – Indonesian Tomato Chili Relish

Kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce)

You will need tomato, shallot, chili, lime, and of course kecap manis. You can buy kecap manis from online (e.g. Amazon), but if your neighborhood Asian market has them, it will most likely be much cheaper. If you must make a long trip to Asian market, be sure to stock up since they can last for a while.

Sambal Tomat Kecap - Indonesian Tomato Chili Relish

Sambal Tomat Kecap – Indonesian Tomato Chili Relish

Let’s make some sambal

Once you gather all the ingredients, all you need to do is some chopping, pouring, and squeezing. Dice tomato, slice the chili and shallot, and place them in a bowl. Next, cut and squeeze one lime into the tomato mixture. Finally, pour the kecap manis. Just mix everything together and your sambal tomat kecap is done.

Sambal Tomat Kecap - Indonesian Tomato Chili Relish

Sambal Tomat Kecap – Indonesian Tomato Chili Relish

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Terong Saus Tomat Pedas – Eggplant in Spicy Tomato Sauce Recipe

How do you prepare your eggplant? Indonesian love to prepare eggplant dishes with plenty of sauce which goes really well with steamed white rice. One of my favorite eggplant dish is this terong saus tomat pedas – eggplant in spicy tomato sauce. A great thing about this dish is you can adjust the strength of heat by using different types of chilies. If you want a milder dish, use fresno chilies. If you want a super spicy dish, go with Thai red chilies. And when you simply cannot tolerate any heat at all, feel free to sub with red bell pepper.

Terong Saus Tomat Pedas – Eggplant in Spicy Tomato Sauce

Eggplant

This time I use eggplant that is common in United States, which is more oval and round with a darker skin color. If you have access to Asian market, you can buy the thinner and longer eggplants. The ones you buy from Asian market is closer to what you get in Indonesia. Either way, just chop your eggplant into big bite size pieces.

Ingredients for Terong Saus Tomat Pedas - Eggplant in Spicy Tomato Sauce

Ingredients for Terong Saus Tomat Pedas – Eggplant in Spicy Tomato Sauce

Eggplant and Deep Frying

Most Indonesian eggplant dishes will require deep frying the eggplant first before further cooking with sauce. I know that deep frying is not exactly a chore most people are fond of, but when it comes to eggplant, there is no avoiding it. You can try coating with oil and roast in oven, but the final dish is just not quite the same as the one I get back at home, to my taste buds at least.

Terong Saus Tomat Pedas - Eggplant in Spicy Tomato Sauce

Terong Saus Tomat Pedas – Eggplant in Spicy Tomato Sauce

Here comes the sauce

Finally, it’s time to make the sauce. Simply sauté the aromatics (garlic, ginger, and chilies), and season with tomato ketchup, kecap manis, fish sauce, pepper, sugar, and water. Once the sauce boils, add the fried eggplants, and toss gently to coat. Transfer the cooked dish to a serving plate and garnish with thinly sliced scallions.

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