Sambal Teri (Tapanuli)
Do you know Ikan Teri? Those super salty, dried and crunchy anchovies? I buy ikan teri dried at my local Asian store.
I think ikan teri is delicious. We eat it as a condiment with Indonesian food. It adds loads of saltiness and umami flavors. I am very curious about the sambal teri in Beb Vuy’s book. Ikan teri is the signature ingredient in this chili salsa. Let’s get started!
Sambal Teri (Tapanoeli) # 32 from Beb Vuyk’s Groot Indonesisch Kookboek, page
10 chopped chili peppers
5 tablespoons of chopped onions
1 stalk of sereh
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
50 grams of ikan teri
6 tablespoons of oil
Rub the chili peppers and the chopped onions and add tomato paste. Sauté this mixture in 2 tablespoons of oil. Fry the teri in 4 tablespoons of oil until they turn yellow. Mix the teri with the sauteed herbs and serve. No salt is added to this dish because the teri itself is already salty.
I opt for spring onions instead of regular ones; easier to rub in the cobek (mortar) and the green onions look pretty in the red chili sauce.
For my sambal today, I half the amount of ingrediënts: more than enough for two people. Sambal is easy to freeze though. Leftovers can be easily frozen.
I rub chopped onions and chilies in the mortar. I like to keep this sambal a bit rough because the ikan teri are big too. But I make sure all the chilie pieces and onions are crushed well to let all the lovely juices out.
The lemongrass (sereh) I cut into 4 pieces and hit them with something heavy. This opens up the stalk to let out its citrus flavor.
I add a tablespoon of oil to the pan and stir-fry my well-rubbed mixture together with the tomato paste and lemongrass parts.
I fry my ikan teri briefly. It is unclear in Beb’s recipe whether she means fresh anchovies or the already dried version that I buy at an Asian store. I use dried anchovies. But I think with canned anchovies it’s delicious too.
I fry in a bit of oil my dried teri for two minutes. It makes the tiny fish a bit easier to handle in the sambal. I let the fish drain their excess oil off.
Then I mix the ikan teri with the salsa.
I like this robust look 😉 with all the stalks and fish popping out.
The flavors are not complex, but the ikan teri really gives it a kick. The salt in the anchovies is non-dominant; there are enough other ingredients to bring this salsa into balance.
I fill up a super clean jar with my sambal teri and I add the pieces of lemongrass too. We finished a pot like this in about a week. Enak!
Want to see more chili salsa recipes? Check this link out!