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Oct 10, 2009 01:13 AM

Best brand of Sambal?

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. 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

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

      1. re: JungMann

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

        1. re: learningtocook

          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

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

            1. re: paulj

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