Sambal oelek exists as one of many sambals. The sambal class of condiments delivers a vast range of flavor profiles that includes sour with sambal asam and sweet with sambal kalasan.
Sambal oelek flavor profile
Simplicity is among the qualities that set sambal
The inclusion of the seeds and the thick consistency are two characteristics that set sambal oelek paste apart from sauces like sriracha. The seeds are mostly about texture and appearance rather than — as many people believe — heat. The texture is also far less runny.
The common commercially made types of sambal
Common uses for sambal o
Traditional Indonesian food is highly flavorful and rarely needs extra seasoning. Sambal
The mild flavor of sambal oelek allows it to work well in western dishes as well. In this respect, it is much like sriracha. Both sriracha and sambal oelek have become popular far beyond their homelands. Use sambal oelek in marinades, for beef jerky or on hot dogs.