The Asian Inspirations team returned from our food tour of Malaysia with a serious sambal addiction. These days we’re adding sambal to everything from noodle soups to scrambled eggs. Turn up the heat by making your own sambal, or have a jar of Yeo’s Sambal Paste on hand for authentic Malaysian heat in seconds.
Kickstart your metabolism with a sambal hit in the morning. Choose a traditional Malaysian breakfast of nasi lemak with a dollop of sambal on the side. Or, get creative by stirring 1-2 tsp sambal paste through your scrambled eggs, before garnishing with sliced spring onion and coriander leaves. Guaranteed to put a pep in your step!
Breathe new life into your midday meal by adding a splash of sambal. Choose a piping hot bowl of Malaysian chicken curry laksa or Penang hokkien mee, then swirl through a spoonful of sambal to taste. Or, jazz up your regular sandwich by smearing sambal on a tortilla and topping with poached chicken, baby spinach, sliced cucumber and avocado for a healthy lunch on the run.
Make sambal the star of the show for dinner with this Malaysian sambal chicken stir-fry. Using a jar of Yeo’s Sambal Paste, this speedy dinner can be on the table in 15-30 minutes. Sambal is also sensational in a marinade. Combine sambal paste with crushed garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce and kecap manis to create a tasty marinade for beef, chicken or pork fillets.
Add sambal to your side dishes, such as this stir-fried green beans with minced pork, or simply toss a tablespoon of sambal paste through roasted potatoes for an Asian twist on patatas bravas.
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