Sambal Oelek is made only of fiery red chilies, vinegar and salt - no other additives such as garlic or spices - for a simpler taste. Use this sauce to add heat to a dish without altering the other delicate flavors.
I eat spicy food every day of my life. When I want a sour, vinegary spiceiness, I go with Tabasco. When I want a sweet n' spiciness, I go with Siriachia. But when I just want a fresh spice straight from the pepper? I go with Sambal Oelek ground fresh chili paste. Sambal Oelek is a very direct spicy sauce — there's no smokiness, there's no sweetness or vinegar to distract from the good stuff, no garlic. They don't put in any additives that distracts from the chili. It just tastes fresh, … more