Sambal Chili Crayfish with Crispy Kang Kong

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Sambal Chili Crayfish with Crispy Kang Kong

by Eric Low

In celebration of SG50, Chef Eric Low shares how to prepare Sambal Chili Crayfish with Crispy Kang Kong! Singaporeans love their chilies and Sambal Chili is a spicy condiment used in many local food such as char kway teow, Hokkien Mee, Kang Kong or stingray.

Cuisine : Asian Course : Main Skill Level : Novice
Prep : 20 mins Cook : 30 mins Ready in : 50 mins Serves : 4


  • Sambal Chili
    • 200g Shallots, minced
    • 20g Garlic
    • 30g Lemongrass
    • 20g Candlenuts
    • 20g Belachan
    • 250ml Oil
    • 1 tbsp Cincalok
    • 50g Palm Sugar
    • 100g Chili Paste


    • 100g Kang Kong, trimmed
    • Flour for dusting
    • Tempura Batter
    • Salt to taste


    • 8pcs Medium Crayfish, shelled and clean
    • 2 tbsp Oil
    • 2 tbsp Chopped Dried Shrimps
    • 100g Red Onions
    • 80g Sambal Chili from above
    • 2 tbsp Ketchup
    • 100ml Water
    • ½ no Tomato, seeded and diced
    • 1 stalk Spring Onion, diced


  1. In a food processor, blend shallots, garlic, lemongrass, candlenuts and belachan. Heat oil in sauce pan, sauté the paste mixture and chili paste till fragrant. Add cincalok and palm sugar. Thin out with a little water if necessary and cook for 15 mins. Set aside.
  2. Dust kang kong vegetable with flour. Dip in tempura batter and deep fry in hot oil till crispy. Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in wok. Sauté dried shrimps till fragrant, add the red onions and cook briefly. Add the cray fish pieces and stir in the sambal chili, ketchup and water. Bring to boil, cook for another two minutes.
  4. Transfer crayfish to serving dish, garnish with extra sauce, diced tomatoes, spring onions and crispy kang kong.
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