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Best brand of Sambal?

learningtocook Oct 10, 2009 01:13 AM

Which store-bought brand of Sambal is the closest to the original? Making it from scratch just seems like so much work...

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  1. kubasd RE: learningtocook Oct 11, 2009 09:00 PM

    i like the one in the clear plastic jar with the neon green cap.... i can't think of its name right now.... but its pretty widely available in the asian section of your grocery store.

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    1. re: kubasd
      JungMann RE: kubasd Oct 12, 2009 06:57 AM

      You're thinking of Huy Fong. They're the brand of sambal oelek I purchase as well.

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        learningtocook RE: JungMann Oct 13, 2009 10:55 AM

        Thank You! I bought it yesterday and used it last night in a fish curry. It was great! Thanks again :)

        1. re: learningtocook
          Miss Needle RE: learningtocook Oct 13, 2009 11:12 AM

          I've got the Huy Fong brand, and it's perfectly fine. But I think there's another brand out there that tastes much better. It's made by Hulu and it's called Thai hot chili paste with garlic. Not the easiest to find, but worth it. Having made my own sambal before, I think this is closer to homemade.

          1. re: Miss Needle
            paulj RE: Miss Needle Oct 13, 2009 04:19 PM

            Sambal is a generic term, sort of a SE Asian 'salsa' (particularly Malaysian?). Sambal oelek is just one of many styles.

            1. re: paulj
              Miss Needle RE: paulj Oct 13, 2009 06:35 PM

              Yes, I'm aware of that. Sorry that I didn't use the complete term sambal oelek.

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