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Sambal Pencok: Sundanese Spicy Sambal with String Beans

Sambal Pencok: Sundanese Spicy Sambal with Long Beans

  • Author: Nunuk Sri Rahayu
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Sauces & Sambals
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Indonesian
  • Diet: Halal


Sambal pencok is a super-spicy, super-potent raw Sundanese sambal made of chillies, lesser galangal, and garlic, topped with fresh long beans that add a crunchiness to the dish.


  • 5 bird’s eye chillies
  • 1 big red chilli, chopped
  • 2 small cloves garlic, peeled, chopped
  • 2 cm lesser galangal, peeled, chopped
  • 0.5 tsp roasted shrimp paste
  • Salt to taste
  • A dash of sugar (optional)
  • 3 long beans, cut to small pieces

Sambal Pencok ingredients


  1. Using a mortar and pestle, pound into a coarse paste: bird’s eye chillies, red chilli, garlic, lesser galangal, roasted shrimp paste, salt and sugar. 
  2. Add the long beans and gently press against the chilli paste.
  3. Mix everything together. 
  4. Sambal pencok is ready to serve.


  • Always choose the freshest ingredients for the best result.

Keywords: Quick & Easy, Spicy, Shrimp paste