Eat This Word: Sambal


WHAT? Fiery flavoring. The word sambal encompasses a variety of condiments and side dishes served primarily as accompaniments to rice throughout Indonesia, Malaysia, and southern India. The spicy sauces are made from different chiles combined with other ingredients, such as vinegar, tamarind, shrimp paste, fruits, vegetables, and meat, and are served either cooked or raw. The most basic sambal, sambal ulek, is an uncooked mixture of chiles, salt, and acid, ground with a mortar and pestle. As a seasoning, sambal is as essential to Indonesian and Malaysian cuisines as salt and pepper is to Western cooking.


WHERE? Hot Modern Australia 


WHEN? Friday, June 5, 2015


HOW? Sausage Roll with Ground Pork, Secret Spices, and Sambal Mayonnaise... Read more >

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A self-made spice master, Lior Lev Sercarz has rubbed elbows with the world's greatest chefs. Read on to learn more about his special blend of work.

James Beard Foundation: What’s your job description?

Lior Lev Sercarz: I own La Boîte à Epice, a line of unique and, at times, personalized spice blends for chefs all over the country as well as home cooks. I also produce a seasonal biscuit collection called La Boîte à Biscuits.

JBF: How did you get your job?

LLS: It took me 12 years to put the concept together while working around the world for some amazing chefs. One day, three years ago, I just started my own business, creating everything from nothing.

JBF: What past experiences have prepared you for your current position?

LLS: I started cooking 15 years ago for a catering company in Israel. I stayed there for three years,

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