Indonesia is home to hundreds of chili sauce and relish. The easiest one to make at home is this sambal tomat kecap – Indonesian tomato chili relish. Not only easy, this sambal tomat kecap is a favorite accompaniment for fried/grilled chicken, fish, tofu, and tempe dishes. It is considered a super basic chili sauce that most won’t even consider one need a recipe for this.
What you need
You will need tomato, shallot, chili, lime, and of course kecap manis. You can buy kecap manis from 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.
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.
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1 shallot, thinly sliced (*)
- 1-2 jalapeno, thinly sliced (**)
- 6 tablespoon kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce)
- juice of 1 lime
- Mix everything together. Store in the fridge if there is any extra/leftover.
(**) For extra heat, use green Thai bird eye chilies, or a mixture of jalapeno and Thai bird eye chilies.