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Sambal Hei Bee (Spicy Sambal Dried Shrimp)

I been dying for Sambal Hei Bee aka Spicy Dried Shrimp ever since I live in US.Too bad when I was in Malaysia early this year,I don't have the chance to taste my mom Sambal Hei Bee.The only sambal hei bee I tasted is from the Vegetarian buffet dish in Buddhism temple near KLCC during Chinese New Year.I wonder how they make vegetarian sambal hei bee taste like the real dried shrimp.Anyway,I get some nice and good price loose dried shrimp from NYC ,Chinatown.Those dried shrimp sell here is quite expensive ,unless you can get the loose one not the tiny bitty in prepacked quantity.


1 lb dried shrimp(soaked in warm water)

300gm dried red pepper(soak in warm water)

100 gm fresh red chili

3 stalk lemongrass(sliced)

1 lbs shallot(peel)

1 cup fresh garlic(peel)

2 tsp dried belacan(dried shrimp paste)

2 tbsp tamarind powder

2 inch galangal(sliced)

2 pc fresh turmeric

5 ps candle nuts(soak in warm water)

1 cup sugar

1-2 tbsp salt

1/4 cup oil

*Blend above ingredients until fine*

1/4 cup oil for frying


1:Prepared wok at high heat with some cooking oil.Add in all the blended ingredients,fry until golden brown or fragrant.Reduce the heat to medium,keep stirring until the paste dry or semi dry.Remove from heat and let it cool down before store away.

2:Adjust the seasoning(salt,tamarind and sugar) to your taste.Serve with rice,noodles or bread.


You can use tamarind juice but I prefer to use the powder to save time from frying the paste until dry.When making this dish ,you don't have to buy the best grade dried shrimp.Just use the medium grade dried shrimp since it's going to blender .Some people prefer to saute the spices first then dried shrimp,follow by the's up to your wok or skillet.Anyway,I used non stick hard anodize wok.It won't burn too fast or stick.



Anonymous said...
September 7, 2008 at 10:36 AM


Your Sambal Hei Bee, reminded me of my "Ah Mah" (grandma). I used to have this with her homemade bread, whenever I visit her in Taiping (small town in Msia). It was yummy.

After she passed away, during my teenage years, I never had it anymore.

I miss my Ah Mah and her sambal hei bee!

Anonymous said...
September 7, 2008 at 10:48 AM

Me love hei bee, especially with sambal ;) What kind of blender are you using? ;)

Anonymous said...
September 7, 2008 at 11:24 AM

I love sambal hei bee, so good with rice and as a filling for bun. Yours look really spicy and yummy too. Too bad right now I am low on hei bee, cannot make any. :(

Anonymous said...
September 8, 2008 at 5:11 AM

What a big bowl you prepared! Cook more and store it! Love Hei Bee Hiam with bread like you :)

Anonymous said...
September 8, 2008 at 5:47 PM

That looks tasty!

Anonymous said...
September 8, 2008 at 10:51 PM

thanks for dropping by:))I guess your Ah Mah is Penang lang?.

I used Hamilton beach food processor.I try so many brand but this one is the best I have so far.Thinking to send one to my mom in KL but the volt is different.This is the one I have

Welcome to the club!:))

yes,I always big quantity,dunno how to cook little bit! bad huh?

Thank you:P

Anonymous said...
September 9, 2008 at 9:10 AM

U make your own sambal hei bee? So good!!! I want that in a bread bun- toasted. =)

Anonymous said...
September 23, 2008 at 6:17 AM


Anonymous said...
September 24, 2008 at 12:52 AM

spot on! my "Ah Mah" is a nyonya who used to live in Penang.

Anonymous said...
September 24, 2008 at 12:53 AM

spot on! my "Ah Mah" is a nyonya who used to live in Penang.

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Hi!! My name is Lesley and I'm a simple SAHM(stay at home mom) who currantly live in Long Island,New York with my daughter Mishu and hubby Eliot .I'm Malaysian who live in US and A for many many moon and I'm also a person who love to eat, cook and bake. If you have any suggestions ,questions or comments please feel free to email me at beachlover1917(at)yahoo(dot)com. To know more about my life or my kitchen you can always hop over to my other 2 blog.