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Sambal Eggs

Sambal Eggs Recipe

Deep-frying the eggs give better flavour and texture, but it’s entirely optional. You can skip this step for healthier choice or if you are busy.


  • 12 to 16 quail eggs, or 4 regular hen eggs
  • half onion or 4 shallots peeled and roughly sliced
  • vegetable oil for deep-frying

(A) Sambal Sauce

  • 1 heaped tbsp sambal tumis
  • assam (tamarind) solution dissolve 1 tsp assam pulp in 1/4 cup water; solution strained
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder for extra heat; to taste
  • a small pinch salt (or use 1/2 tsp home-made ikan bilis powder; to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp fish sauce to taste
  • 1/2 tsp granulated gula melaka or regular sugar to taste


  1. To cook hard-boiled eggs, place them in a small pot with enough water to cover the eggs. For quail eggs, bring to boil for 5 minutes. For regular eggs, bring to a boil for 2 minutes, turn off the stove and cover the pot with a lid for 10 minutes. Cool eggs in a bowl of water and peel them when cool enough to handle. Set aside.
  2. Heat some vegetable oil in a pot. Add cooked eggs (make sure you pat them very dry with a paper towel first) and deep-fry until golden. Drain excess oil on paper towels or tempura paper.
  3. Add (A) to a saucepan. Bring to a quick simmer and season the sauce to taste.
  4. Add onions (or shallots) and cook them until just softened, adding a bit of water anytime the sauce runs dry during cooking. When the onions are cooked, return the eggs back to the pan, coating them evenly in the sambal sauce before serving.
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7 comments on “Sambal Eggs”

  1. Looks so yummy..
    Where can I buy sambal turnis. Any particular brand to recommend?

    • I make my own sambal and you can check out the recipe link on page two. I have not tried the ready made ones, I think it will be best if you can buy them fresh from the wet market, if not, I think most bottled brands sold at supermarket will be quite decent also.

  2. Delicious and yummy!

  3. Perfectly alright to not deep-fry as for me the sambal chili is enough in this sambal egg dish. :) So delicious and lovely presentation – you even have that kind of nasi lemak “plate”…v nice.

    • I saw the plate a couple of weeks back at those old neighbourhood shop and it is less than $2! Of course I grabbed it instantly ;)

  4. I loved sambal eggs, especially with nasi lemak. Yours look very tempting. Thanks for sharing.

  5. wow this is so flavourful and tasty. Love the nutrients packed quail eggs.

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