Definition of sambal in English:



  • (in oriental cooking) hot relish made with vegetables or fruit and spices.

    count noun ‘a plate of sambals’
    mass noun ‘fried noodles with sambal’
    • ‘In Vietnamese and Thai cuisine the cool effect of mint is used to sooth the effect of a hot chili peppers and fiery sambals.’
    • ‘As we moreishly devoured grilled tuna marinated in sambal, lemon grass and numerous other exotic spices, I was amazed at how quiet the street was with only the odd person passing by where we sat alfresco.’
    • ‘She said she cooked the grasshoppers and ate them with a little sambal (chili sauce).’
    • ‘A small jar of sambal is a standard condiment on the tables of Chinese-Indonesian restaurants in the Netherlands.’
    • ‘One of the Malays' popular breakfasts is nasi lemak, rice cooked in coconut milk and served with hot and spicy sambal (shrimp or anchovy paste), fish, eggs and vegetables.’