The Malaysian Peanut Sauce Recipe (Kuah Kacang)

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Finally here is the traditional recipe how to make the Kuah Kacang, or the famous Malaysian peanut sauce; this sauce is part of most Malaysian Satay dishes; it can be bought ready-made of course, but I find the taste from the ones bought at the store are bland and less flavorful than what this sauce should be...

Ingredients for the Peanut Sauce:

• 2 lb. of peanuts, unsalted and shelled
• 2 stalks lemongrass
• 1 inch fresh ginger root, soaked in water
• 3 tablespoons of sugar, or to your taste
• A bowl of blended tamarind sauce (Malaysian Asam Jawa)
• 20 dried red chillies
• 1/3 cup Malaysian shrimp paste (Belacan), or Thai red curry paste
• 20 small shallots stalks, sliced
• 3 Tablespoon cooking oil
• a pinch of salt

Procedure to make the malaysian Peanut Sauce:

1) In a skillet with oil, fry the peanuts until roasted; ladle out to a bowl and reserve.

2) In the same skillet and oil, fry the dried chillies, the sliced shallots, shrimp paste and mix until fragrant

3) Blend the Lemon grass, galangal, ginger in water using a spice grinder.

4) Add the oil and wait until the hot oil mix of materials to enter the oil breaks. turn down the heat.

Add sugar and salt, to your taste. Et voilà your Kuah kacang is ready!