This term is used in much of Southeast Asia
and implies a chili
or else any dish that has been cooked with a paste
of red chiles.
A cautionary tale
: A family friend once brought us a jar labelled Sambal olek
as a token
from his journey
s. Being inveterate
and tough salsa
consumers, we figured it would be no big deal. Boy, were we wrong. The toughest among us still quake
at the thought of sambal olek
. I don't know what became of the rest of the jar.