In many of the recipes I have posted here on Gather, I have made mention of and used the Asian chili paste called Sambal Oelek. It is one of my favorite condiments to use- as a sauce, marinade, as a dressing for coleslaw and salads and even as a dip for chips.
The ingredients in this fiery paste are basically vinegar, chiles and salt. No garlic. It doesn’t need it.
My favorite food to use with this paste are baked chicken wings. I bake them til they are so tender they are falling apart, than simmer them in a mixture of Sambal and tomato juice. The juice is used to keep the paste from becoming too thick while it bakes with the wings (and also serves to cool some of the heat so other people besides me can eat them).
One negative to the paste is availability. Meijer no longer carries it (at least that I can find). They previously carried a large bottle for $3.99 and I would buy a few to last me for a few months. I have now found it in a small bottle at Kroger for $1.69. I buy every bottle they stock.
This paste is certainly not for the faint of heart. It’s HOT! I give it 4 1/2 out of 5 roosters. The only negative, as I said, is being able to find it consistently.
It can be purchased online: www.huyfong.com