Telur balado - fried eggs in chilli sauce

    35 minutes

    Originated from North Sumatra, this is a standard street vendors' dish in Indonesia. I found a shortcut to make this lovely dish. Serve with rice with prawn crackers on the side.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 1 cup (250ml) vegetable oil for frying
    • 6 hard-boiled eggs, shells removed
    • 6 small red chillies, seeded and chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic
    • 4 medium shallots
    • 2 tomatoes, quartered
    • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste
    • 1½ tablespoons peanut oil
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon white sugar
    • salt and pepper to taste

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Heat 1 cup oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Deep fry the boiled eggs in the hot oil until they are golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes; set aside.
    2. Combine the chillies, garlic, shallots, tomatoes and shrimp paste in a food processor; blend into a paste. Add in peanut oil. Process again until smooth.
    3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large frypan over medium heat. Pour the chilli mixture into the skillet. Stir the vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper into the mixture. Add the fried eggs to the mixture, turning to coat. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until fragrant, about 5 minutes.

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    I am an Indonesian living in the US. This is my favorite dish and I am glad I found the recipe here. Thanks for sharing!  -  07 Aug 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Ini makan Indo asli! Real authentic cuisine and hot too in a good way.  -  30 Dec 2016  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I've lived in Indonesia a long time ago and so I wanted to recreate some dishes from there for my fiance, he LOVED this dish! He constantly asks me to make it again, I don't usually have shrimp paste where I live so I use anchovies instead (I looked it up as a substitute for shrimp paste) and it works just fine.  -  13 Nov 2014  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)