Sambal Oelek


Sauteed Cod with Bitter Melon & Clams Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson | January 5, 2011

Photo: Jay Erickson

Cod is native to the United States, and was how many early settlers made their fortune.  It’s still a great option for seafood.  You can buy sustainable cod from the Gulf of Maine.  Check out Fish Watch for more information about sustainable fish.

Even though this dish has many ingredients, it’s easy to put together.  It is a great, healthy dish to celebrate the new year.  If you can’t find bitter melon, substitute an equal amount of zucchini or okra.


Noodles with Sambal Oelek Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson | January 3, 2011

Photo: avlxyz

Photo: avlxyz

Perhaps this New Year, you’re looking to break away from ketchup and mustard and to expand your repertoire of kitchen condiments.  Sambal Oelek is one of my favorite ingredients. This sweet, spicy Indonesian condiment balances salty and sweet in a fantastic way.  I use it to spike this noodle-based dish that takes it’s cue from the ubiquitous ramen, but this is much tastier than your average cup-o-noodles, it’s fresh, tasty, and packs a punch from the Sambal Oelek.  You can dress it up by substituting soba noodles and tossing in some grilled shrimp.

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