Prawn Sambal/ Sambal Tumis Udang Recipe

I make a terrible Nyonya and even more horrible photographer. I lack skill and flair needed for both, but I certainly have a few tricks up my sleeves. I’ve gotten my hands on some gigantic prawn recently, and it was almost as big as my palm, and I decided that there’s no better way to enjoy it than make a ‘sambal tumis’ for it and have it with plain rice along with a shrimp omelet.

Here’s the recipe for my sambal tumis prawn:



1 whole onion, sliced thickly/thinly according to taste

3 tablespoon of chilli boh

1 tablespoon of chilli sauce

2 tablespoon of tomato sauce

3 spoonful of tamarind juice

Some water

Salt to taste

It’s very easy to cook. Simply sauté the sliced onions with the chilli boh, chilli sauce, tomato sauce and tamarind juice til fragrant, add some salt to taste and water along with the prawn and cook til it sizzles. Simple, no? Well, I’m not much of a cook, so if I can do it, so can you!

Cleffairy: I love to keep my cooking as simple as possible. First it’s because I’m bad at it, and second is because life is complicated enough, so why complicate cookings? After all, the best things in life are simple. 😀


  1. eugene says:

    It has been a long long time since i savored this dish,don’t know why but i prefer that one type they fry the prawns and and dip them with sambal, the hot and spicy one,, that i like.

    don’t worry dear,the more you cook, the more you will enjoy it and from then you will become good….

  2. suituapui says:

    Saw this comment on your link on Facebook: “T_T ok that chilli crab oso look nice. dang!!! din expect you can cook… T_T evil elizabeth!!!cook for me…” Good grief…I wonder where’s the crab? Muahahahahaha!!!!

    Ok…this looks good enough, but THREE prawns for three persons. Aiyor…no wonder so skinny! Kesian….

    • Cleffairy says:

      That’s my friend… hahaha… she memang wan la… see things never see properly… must be see picture only never read…either that, or tarak pakai her contacts and den see crab instead.

      LOL… the prawns too big for the plate. It’s bigger than my palm…. so did not put all in the plate lorr…there was 10 of these, actually…

  3. claire says:

    Cleff, how come 3 prawns only ah??? if i come, mana cukup? I love big prawns but nowadays i heard the price went up to 60rm per kilo..i think i eat them after the cny is over!!

    • Cleffairy says:

      Hahahaha… actually the plate was not big enuff for the prawns, so I just put three on it first and take more when we finished this one. Ya, now expensive lo… here the big prawns is Rm75 per kilo. I got these cheap cuz the seller oredi mau tutup kedai that day. I was lucky.

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