Sambal eggs with tamarind sauce

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I am constantly puzzled by the restaurant business – why is it so tough? Some restaurants served such wonderful food but still could not survive.

Many years ago I found this tiny Indonesian restaurant at Bondi that cooked he most amazing sambal eggs; however it closed down after a year of trading.  Nowadays I make my own sambal eggs with a lighter style – more of a modern Malaysian than Indonesian.This dish is so tasty – sweet, sour, spicy, salty and nutty. The sambal salsa is enhanced by a tamarind sauce, which is also called the ‘son in law’.

Sambal eggs with tamarind sauce

Recipe is as follow:


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 capsicum, diced
  • 1/2 punnet of cherry tomato, cut in 1/4 each
  • 1 tsp sambal paste (I use ready made Balado Sambal, available in Asian stores; You can also make your own, recipe below)
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tsp palm sugar
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  •  cooking oil
  • a little water
  • a little sesame oil (optional)
  • sliced shallot, to garnish (optional)
  • toasted sesame seeds, to garnish (optional)


Sambal Balado
Sambal Balado
  • Hard boil the eggs for approximately 8-10 minutes (be careful not to overcook the eggs); run eggs under cool water to cool the eggs (easier to peel); peel the eggs
  •  Heat up about 1 inch of cooking oil in a frying pan; pan fry the eggs until the outside is slightly brown; remove the eggs from the frying pan; set aside to cool; carefully cut the eggs into halves; place the eggs on a serving plate
  • To make the tamarind sauce. place the tamarind paste, palm sugar, fish sauce and a little water in a saucepan, bring to a gentle boil; stir until sugar is fully dissolved; The aroma will be quite strong but don’t worry, it will be delicious.
  • To make the sambal salsa, in a hot frying pan, heat up some cooking oil; add onion, garlic, sambal paste, stir fry for 1 minute; add capsicum, stir fry for 1 more minute; remove from heat and transfer to a bowl; once cooled, add tomato pieces, mix well
  • Carefully pour the sambal salsa on top & around the eggs; drizzle some tamarind sauce over the eggs and  salsa.
  • Drizzle some sesame oil over the eggs and salsa
  • Garnish with sliced shallot and sesame seeds.

Balado sambal

If you wish to make your own Balado sambal, blend the following ingredients in a blender (or in a mortar):

  • 3 red chilies
  • 5 Asian shallots
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 small tomato, cut into small chunks
  • salt to taste
  • juice of half lime
  • 2 teaspoon oil


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