Malaysian-style BBQ Seafood
BBQ Clams using sambal, a popular chili based from Malaysia and Indonesia
1 small bottle of store-bought sambal oelek, 8oz
2 medium-sized onion, quartered
1-2 stalks lemongrass, white part only, grated
1 tablespoon toasted belacan powder
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 small can tomato paste
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons tamarind juice (extract from tamarind pulp and water)
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
1 cup sugar
2. Heat up the oil in the wok on medium high heat. Put the above the ground ingredients A in. Keep stirring for about 10 minutes.
3. Add water, tomato paste, tamarind juice, salt, and sugar. Continue stirring for another 10 minutes. Add more salt or sugar to taste. Dish out and set aside.
My good friends Farina and Michael came over to visit last week and we made some Malaysian-style BBQ seafood, inspired by this popular hawker fare in Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia.
They are called Portuguese-style baked seafood. There is really nothing Portuguese about it but Malaysia do have some Portuguese descendants because Malacca was a Portuguese colony in the 16th century.
So perhaps this is how they bake their seafood—with fiery sambal, okras, and wrapped with aluminum foil.
Farina and I enjoyed our BBQ so much. As Malaysians, we concluded that this is probably the best way to serve seafood BBQ-style. Our favorite is the BBQ clams with sambal and okras. It was simply lip smackingly delicious.
To prepare these mouthwatering Malaysian-style BBQ, all you need are your favorite seafood and shellfish: shimp, squid, fish (we like stingray or white pomfret), clams, and some okras.
Mix the seafood of your choice (you can also do a seafood combination) with sambal, okra, and wrap the aluminum foil tightly (preferably two layers to avoid leakage), and off onto the grill. That’s it.
Try this new recipe this summer. You will not be disappointed!
Farina's Malay-style Sambal Recipe
BBQ Clams using sambal, a popular chili based from Malaysia and Indonesia.
- 1 small bottle of store-bought sambal oelek (8oz)
- 2 medium-sized onion, quartered
- 5- in ginger
- 1-2 stalks lemongrass, white part only, grated
- 1 tablespoon toasted belacan powder
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 small can tomato paste
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tablespoons tamarind juice, extract from tamarind pulp and water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
- 1 cup sugar
Grind all the ingredients in A.
Heat up the oil in the wok on medium high heat. Put the above the ground ingredients A in. Keep stirring for about 10 minutes.
Add water, tomato paste, tamarind juice, salt, and sugar. Continue stirring for another 10 minutes. Add more salt or sugar to taste. Dish out and set aside.
Bottled sambal oelek is very spicy, but the above sambal recipe will "dilute" the spiciness. The recipe yields about two bottles or more sambal. You don't have to use up all the sambal for the BBQ seafood, just use enough for each seafood parcel.
You can also try out my grilled fish sambal recipe here, which is more Nyonya-style.