Fried shrimp-potato chili (Sambal goreng udang kentang)

A very typical Indonesian side dish that I loveeee… It takes a few steps to make this, but the result is very satisfying. It can last in the fridge for quite some time (up to one week).


1kg                  Potato (peeled, cut into cubes about 1×1 cm)

2                     lemongrass (crush the bottom part, to release the flavor)

3 cm               Galangal (crushed)

5                    dried lime leaf (if you have a fresh one, better)

300 gr            Shrimps

3                     Long paprika (throw away the seeds, cut medium size)

3                     Tomatoes (cut into 4 pieces)

5                     Shallots          

6 cloves         Garlic

½ cup               small dried shrimps (udang hebi)

                        chilies (according to your taste)

500 ml             vegetable oil


  • Preheat vegetable oil in a wok/deep pan on medium-high. Deep fry all the potatoes until it’s slightly brown. You can do in a few rounds depends on how big your pan is. Set aside on the kitchen towel to absorb the excessed oil.
  • Fry the garlic and shallots in the same oil you used for potatoes for about 2-3 minutes until it’s half cooked. Set aside.
  • Deep fry the paprika, tomato, and chilies about 2-3 minutes until it’s half cooked.
  • Blend all cooked garlic, shallots, paprika, tomatoes, and chilies until smooth. I use a stab mixer to make blending easier.
  • Set aside the left-over oil and leave in about 2 tablespoons.
  • Cook the blended sauce in medium-high heat, throw in the lemon grass, lime leafs, and galangal.
  • Once the sauce becomes bubbly, add in the shrimps.
  • Cook the shrimps for about 1-2 minutes, and add in the potatoes.
  • Add the dried shrimp, mix it well, cook for another 1-2 minutes. Ready to serve. (You can also take out the galangal, lemon grass, and the lime leafs)
  • This dish is best to serve with rice. Enjoy!
  • This dish is best serve with rice. Enjoy!

Author: Dewi

Hello there! If you are stopping by this page, you are probably searching for easy Asian home-cook meal inspirations that are uncomplicated, quick, budget-friendly, and still tasty and delishhh….. That’s what I am going to share in this blog. I am not a chef, I cook because I love it and I enjoy it. To give you a little background of who I am…. My name is Dewi, a self-made home-cook who enjoys filling her kitchen in with tasty and delicious of Asian food. I was born and grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia where I have never learned how to cook (except frying an egg or two, add soy sauce, and eat it with rice) and never thought I would have to cook ever in my life. Because my mom, who was (still is) the “family chef” had never encouraged the children to be involved in the kitchen. So, my passion for food and cooking came later on when I went abroad. In 2006, I moved to Beijing, China where I lived for a good 9 years. I occasionally cooked as I preferred to eat out or to order in, for a simple reason, it’s convenient and affordable (back then). My cooking journey became more apparent in 2015 when I decided to move to Germany. Eating out, especially for Asian food is expensive and not authentic. The selection of Asian restaurants is limited and because of the high price, it would mean that I would have to burn a hole in my pocket if I want to do it often. So now that I have a small family (my husband, my son, and I), I cook not only for myself but also for them. I like to try new things like occasional baking or non-Asian food. For that being said, I want to share my cooking journey with you and hope that you can find new food inspirations that you can do yourself at home, either for yourself or your family, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Happy cooking! =) Xoxo Dewi

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