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Quick Sambal Egg - Malaysian Inspired

Sambal is a thick red spicy paste made of onion, garlic, ginger and red chillies. It makes a good gravy over almost anything - shrimp, fish, eggs, chicken. It is best served over rice. This is a quick version of a typical Malaysian dish.


  • 4 to 6 eggs
  • 1 to 3 tbsp sambal oelek (or any store-bought chilli paste, adjust according to taste)
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 2 to 3 tbsp soy sauce, adjust according to taste
  • 2 to 3 tbsp lime or lemon, adjust according to taste
  • cucumber or cilantro for garnish, optional
  • 1 tsp sugar


  1. Sautee onion and garlic in oil until lightly browned and fragrant.
  2. Add chilli paste and fry until bubbly, being careful not to allow it to burn.
  3. Add soy sauce, lime juice and sugar into sambal mixture. Remove from heat once mixture gets bubbly again.
  4. Either boil or fry eggs in a separate pan.
  5. Pour sambal over eggs and serve over rice. Garnish with cucumber and/or cilantro. May substitute with lettuce sliced thinly.


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