Sambal Belachan Stir Fried Vegetables

Adding some oomph to your healthy veggie dish. Sambal Belachan Stir Fried Vegetables is a simple vegetable dish stir fried with aromatics in a rich sauce made with chillies and shrimp paste.


Sometimes stir-fried vegetable dishes can be monotonous, it’s always the usual stir fry that is flavoured by reduced stock, oyster sauce, soy sauce and sometimes with sesame oil leaving you that feeling you have after eating Chinese dishes many times in a row. It should not always be like that because there are many ways to stir fry vegetables and give it a different twist every time. One of those wonderful twists is what I learned when I used to live in Malaysia where they cook many of their stir fries with a chilli sauce called sambal combined with a pungent yet very tasty block of dried fermented shrimps called belacan.

Usually, vegetables used on this concoction are tropical vegetables like okra, eggplants, string beans, winged beans and stink beans to name some, which is just logical since Malaysia is a tropical country and abundant with these native vegetables. Today we are making something similar to that Malaysian dish but instead of using tropical vegetables, we will be using the usual vegetables used in Chinese stir fries, making this dish the best of both worlds.

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Sambal Belachan Stir Fried Vegetables

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Freestyle

Description

Sambal Belachan Stir Fried Vegetables is a simple vegetable dish stir fried with aromatics in a rich sauce made with chillies and shrimp paste.


Ingredients

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Vegetables


  • 1/2 small cauliflower, sliced
  • 1/4 Chinese cabbage, sliced
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 pc red capsicum, sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1/3 cup rehydrated wood ear mushroom, thinly sliced
  • water
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • oil

Sauce

  • 5 pcs red chilies, seeded and sliced
  • 10 pcs shallots or 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp dried shrimp, rehydrated and drained
  • 1 inch cube belacan
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. In a food processor blend together sauce ingredients until it becomes a paste.
  2. In a wok add heat oil then sauté the spice paste in medium heat for 4 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add the cauliflower and wood ear mushrooms then stir fry for a minute, add a bit of water, cover wok then cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the carrots, celery and red capsicum, stir fry for two minutes, cover the wok then cook for 2 minute.
  5. Add the Chinese cabbage then stir fry for two minutes, cover the wok then cook for 1 minute.
  6. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper then serve.

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5 Responses

  1. The sauce would be great for chicken too.

  2. Eye-pleasing and tasty stir-fry with some great flavours!

  3. Nice way to chuff up a veggie stir fry!

  4. suituapui says:

    We fry a lot of vegetables in sambal belacan…but not the ones in your dish! LOL!!!

  5. Hannah says:

    Now you’re talking my language with this dish! It looks so fresh, colorful, and flavorful. I could eat like this all the time. 🙂

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