Sambal Matah

There is no literal translation for this recipe. It’s typical Balinese chili that use all raw ingredients. The original version use lime juice and lime leaves, but since I don’t have it at home, I try to be creative and use what I can find in my kitchen. It still tastes very good with a strong lemon grass taste and lemon juice. The amount of chilies is varied depending on how spicy you want to be. In this recipe the level is mild. This chili side dish can be paired with fried chicken, pork, fish, or simply anything that you can think of. I made this to be paired with my Chinese version of crispy pork. A little taste of Indonesian and a little taste of Chinese… 🙂_DSC1662.JPG

Total time: 15 minutes

Serving: 4


3                      shallots, sliced

1                       garlic, chopped

1                      tomato, sliced in small dice

3                      small chilies (according to taste)

1                      big chili (this is less spicy)

1                     lemon grass, chopped

5                      thai basil (optional), chopped

2 tbsp              lime/lemon juice




  • Cut and slice all ingredients above.
    • Squeeze lemon juice and sprinkle a pinch of salt._DSC1657.JPG

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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