Malaysian Cuisine - Seafood

Sambal Udang (Sambal Prawn)

July 01, 2019 | Recipe by Bake with Paws

I recreated my late mother's Sambal Udang.  During my recent trip back to Penang, my brothers bought us to have dinner at a local restaurant in Butterworth. They serve a very delicious Sambal Udang and it reminded me of my late mother's cooking. The meal made me a little nostalgic and inspired to cook this. 

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Recipe - Sambal Udang (Sambal Prawn)


400g prawn (De-shell and leave the tails)
1 1/2 tsp belacan powder (optional, I omitted)
15g tamarind pulp, resolve in 1/4 cup water
Salt and sugar to taste
3 - 4 tbsp cooking oil
1 cucumber, cut into your desired size

Spice Paste:
5 red chillie
5 dried chillie, soak in hot water for 30 minutes
10 (100g) shallots
2 cloves garlic
5 lemongrass, white part only
1 inch fresh turmeric

  1. Blend all the spice paste ingredients in a food processor with few table spoon of water.  
  2. Heat oil in a large wok then fry blend herbs until fragrant and you can see the oil separate from the gravy.
  3. Add in prawns and tamarind juice. Add more water and simmer to cook until gravy become slightly thick. You may add prawn at last if you do not want your prawn to cook so long.
  4. Off the fire and stir in the cut cucumber.
  5. Dish out and serve hot with steamed rice.