Dabu-Dabu - Indonesian Salsa

I first encountered dabu-dabu on a trip around North Sulawesi, where it's the local sambal (the generic Indonesian word for chili sauce). Although almost certainly developed locally, dabu-dabu is definitely a dead ringer for Mexican salsa. It went very well with another Indonesian favorite: corn cakes.

Dabu-dabu
Dabu-dabu - the Indonesian "salsa"

I did a little investigating and found several recipes for dabu-dabu. It seems that like any popular dish, there are as many recipes as there are cooks, but the basics remain the same: tomatoes, chilies, lime juice and oil. Common variations include using shallots in place of green onions and the addition of fresh basil. No matter how you make it, be sure to give it a day or more to "ferment" before using. Otherwise it will taste quite "rough".

Ingredients

Plum Tomatoes250 gdiced
Cayenne or Red Spur Chilies10chopped
Green Onions3 Stalkschopped
Lime Juice2 T
Olive Oil1 T
Sugar½ t

Preparation Method

  • Mix all the ingredients together.
  • Store in the refrigerator for at least one day before using.
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