Sambal—precisely cooked sambal—is a notably versatile and robust component in traditional Malaysian cooking. It’s the building block of many scrumptious and colorful Malay and Nyonya dishes and marries well with wide array of ingredients: seafood, tofu, eggs, and vegetables.
Once you master the skill of making a great sambal, you can prepare numerous variations of lusciously addictive sambal-laden dishes, for example: grilled fish with banana leaf, sambal eggplant, prawn sambal, or in this instance, egg sambal or sambal telur. Sambal has the virtue of adding layers of complex flavors to any everyday ingredients; it brightens up a simple ingredient and adds zesty, piquant, and tantalizing notes to the finished dish.
Sambal telur or egg sambal is a Malay concoction. I usually fry up a huge batch of sambal in oil until it reaches the perfect texture, flavor, and consistency and then I’d store my sambal in the fridge for days or even weeks. To make sambal telur, I’d boil some eggs and then sauté them with sambal so they are nicely coated with it. Sambal telur is a quick and easy recipe but exceptionally pleasing!
Once in a while, I’d deep fry the hard boiled eggs so the outer layer of the eggs turns golden brown and crisp. This variation of sambal telur or egg sambal tastes even finer because of the mouthfeel of the eggs. Either way, sambal telur doesn’t disappoint.