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Sambal Rebus - Boiled Chili Sauce

Sambal rebus is a must have for soto lovers. This fiery chili sauce is a breeze to make, with Thai chilies and shallots boiled until soft before pureeing with salt and sugar to get a smooth sauce. Most soto will taste heavenly when served with this sambal, along with kaffir lime (Indonesian: jeruk limo), and sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis). ♥

Sambal Rebus - Boiled Chili Sauce

Sambal Rebus - Boiled Chili Sauce

Author: Anita Jacobson



Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 20 mins

Serves: 1/4 cup


  • 20 red Thai chilies (Indonesian: cabe rawit merah), remove the seeds (*)
  • 2 shallots (Indonesian: bawang merah), peeled
  • 150 ml water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar


  1. In a sauce pan, boil together chilies, shallots, and water until the vegetables are soft and the water is reduced by 50%.
  2. Transfer chilies, shallots, and water to a food processor or blender, season with salt and sugar. Process until smooth.


  • (*) Do not remove the seeds for a super fiery chili sauce.

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