Sambal Oelek is a spicy Indonesian chili paste made with hot red peppers. It's typically made with hot red chile peppers, salt and vinegar. Some variations can contain onion, lemon, sugar, etc. Although the sauce originated in Indonesia, many countries (like the US) have recognized its greatness and made their own versions.
Ingredients: Chili, salt, distilled vinegar, potassium sorbate and sodium bisulfite as preservatives, and xantham gum.
While there are numerous variations, our dear friends at Huy Fong Foods have struck gold once more with their version of this full bodied and flavorful masterpiece of a sauce. Unlike Sriracha, Sambal Oelek is thick and chunky and contains whole jalapeno seeds.
So... how is it different than Sriracha you ask? Sambal Oelek is a bit less processed than Sriracha. Sambal is thicker and contains less seasonings like garlic. Many hot sauce purists enjoy Sambal's pure chili flavor.
Sambal Oelek has earned the respect of many chefs for it's pure flavor profile and made its way into many restaurant kitchens as a result.
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It was 11pm in Nevada, September 21st, 2019. Luckily, my truck broke down right outside a tiny diner with the faint glow of a red neon sign that flickered "The Beach Hut”. It was a Hawaiian-themed burger joint in the middle of the desert.
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