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Sambal Tauco - Chili Sauce with Fermented Soy Bean

Tauco is Indonesian version of fermented soy bean, and the best in my opinion comes from Medan. I am partial see, since I grow up in Medan and that’s what I have been eating all my life. ;) The theory behind adding tauco to chili sauce is exactly the same as the one where we add terasi (toasted shrimp paste) to chili sauce, both has the goal of infusing the final product with a kick of umami. If you are a vegetarian, this is a better choice since tauco is totally vegetarian, and pretty healthy too since it is made of soy bean. If you live outside of Indonesia and has no way to find Medan tauco, or any Indonesian tauco for that matter, just use Chinese version of fermented soy bean. ♥

Sambal Tauco - Chili Sauce with Fermented Soy Bean
Sambal Tauco - Chili Sauce with Fermented Soy Bean

Sambal Tauco - Chili Sauce with Fermented Soy Bean

5.0 from 2 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Serves: 3/4 cup

Print Recipe


  • 8 red anaheim chilies (Indonesian: cabe besar merah)
  • 6 shallots (Indonesian: bawang merah)
  • 2 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 3 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoon fermented soy bean (Indonesian: tauco)


  1. Boil the chilies until soft, a fork should easily pierce through the chilies once they are soft. Drain and set aside.
  2. Grind together chilies, shallots, garlic, salt, sugar, and lime juice with a food processor (or mortar and pestle) into a coarse paste.
  3. Heat oil and sauté the chili paste until fragrant and bubbly, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the fermented soy bean, and mix well. Cook for another 1 minute.
  5. Turn off heat, and serve immediately. Or transfer to a glass jar, let cool, and store in the fridge. Always return to room temperature before serving.
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  • Edith Edith says:

    goedmorning , where can I buy this produkt in the hage ? thanks a lot for your`s anser.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Edith, I am assuming you mean the city of The Hague in Netherlands? I don't know where you can get tauco there, but here is a link to tauco being sold in Amazon, in case it helps :) http://www.amazon.com/Kokita-Indonesian-Salted-Soybean-Paste/dp/B001FB6A5M

  • Grace Grace says:

    Made this last week for a dinner on Saturday. I replaced the anaheim chilies with bird eye chilies (thai chili padi) as I couldn't find anaheim. These are wonderful as I really like fermented soy bean. Family and friends love it! I did omit the salt as I find my fermented soy bean is salty enough. Thanks again for the recipe!

  • Andhino Glenardo Andhino Glenardo says:

    I used anaheim and bird eye chilies for extra kick and it's work really well. These recipes are tasty with rice and tempe or tofu. Thanks for the recipe.

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