Sambal Peda to Accompany Your Meal

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Sambal Peda to Accompany Your Meal

One day, a fellow asked about Indonesian culinary, precisely for the sambal (spicy sauce). It wasn' that easy to answer since Indonesia has many kinds of sambal.

Every region has its own chili sauce. Just to mention a few of them: sambal ganja from Aceh, sambal ijo from Padang, sambal lado mudo from West Sumatra, sambal beranyut from Bengkulu, sambal kemiri, sambal matah from Bali, sambal gami from Bontang, sambal dabu-dabu from North Sulawesi, sambal banci from Banyumas, sambal kaluku from Makassar, sambal colo-colo and kenari from Moluccas.

There are a lot more, actually. But Bunda could not give him any sambal to taste.

Then suddenly, the idea came up! “Maybe you should try sambal peda. I can make it for you,” said Bunda.

Sambal peda is a sauce variant from Java, spesifically East Java or Central Java. This sauce is a little bit oily, but it’s savory and delicious.

“Is it hot?” he asked.

“If you want something that isn’t hot, try a candy, instead of sambal,” told Yayah.

Hahaha, well said. However, in fact, even candies can be spicy too in Indonesia.

Our friend looked interesting. He asked where he can buy it.

But, why buying it when you can making it?

We pretty often made sambal peda at that moment. Yayah loves it. And it’s simple to serve for Bunda. Just prepare:
  • peda fishes
  • cooking oil
  • vegetable oil
  • union
  • chili
  • salt
  • bay leaves (Laurus nobilis)
  • sugar

Peda fishes

And this is how to make sambal peda a la The Homerie:
  1. Clean the fishes, pull off the bones, and fry them
  2. Chop the boneless, cooked fish in small pieces
  3. Clean, chop and mix all the flavor
  4. Blend them with the fishes until they’re refined
  5. Fry them in small dosage of oil
  6. Add sugar and little bit salt (the peda fish is originally salty, so don’t pour salt too much)
  7. Put the peda fishes inside and stir it
  8. You’re done!
It’s easy, right?

Our friend keep on nodded while taste it along the fried tofu. “The taste is a little strange at the beginning. But overall, it’s really yummy. Plus, it’s not too hot. I love it!”

Peda sauce is delicious with any meal. The good news is, it can be kept in refrigerator. Just put it in a bottle and you can enjoy sambal peda for another few days.