Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mum's Spicy Sambal Omelette

Eggs and sambal. These are two of my favourite foods, and to combine them in one dish is just perfect for me. Sambal is basically a spicy sauce typically made using chillies and onions and is commonly used in Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine. I grew up eating a lot of spicy food which my mum put on the table everyday, and this ranged from curries to a variety of sambal-based dishes. There is one particular dish that she used to make that I absolutely love, and that is fried omelette with sambal. It's such a simple dish of fried eggs, but when mixed with the spicy sambal and sliced onions, it's so delicious that I could just eat it on its own.

In this recipe, I mixed through some of the sambal into the egg as it was frying, and then coated the omelette with more sambal so that it is slightly moist and saucy. This quick and easy omelette is terrific if you have a craving for sambal or just something spicy to whet your appetite. Serve it with some steamed white rice, or sandwiched between two slices of bread for a light snack. Either way, I'm sure you will love it as much as I do!

Sambal Omelette


1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 medium onion
2-3 tsp chilli paste (ground dried chillies)
3/4 tsp toasted belacan (shrimp paste)
1/2 tsp sugar
Salt, to taste
3 eggs, beaten with 1/4 tsp salt


Cut the onion in half. Finely chop one half, and cut the other half into thin slices.

Heat up oil in a non-stick wok/pan. Fry the onions on high heat for 3 minutes or until softened and caramelized, then add chilli paste, belacan, sugar and a pinch of salt to taste. Fry for 2 minutes, then pour the egg over 3/4 of the onion mixture, pushing the remainder of the onion mixture to the side of the wok (set aside for later). Lightly stir the eggs to mix it with the onions below. When the eggs are almost set, fold in the rest of the onion mixture so that the omelette is lightly coated with some of that sambal. Once it is just cooked through, dish out onto a plate and serve with steamed white rice.


Juliana said...

Wow Fern, this egg dish looks so tasty with all the spice in it...pretty color as well :-)
Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Fern @ To Food With Love said...

Thanks Juliana!

Janine said...

I always look forward to your posts, because your recipes always provide me with the inspiration I need for the week :) I was wondering what else I could do with my belachan and this seems perfect!