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Sambal Dabu-dabu

Like any popular dish, there are as many recipes for Dabu-dabu Sambal as there are cooks, but the basics remain the same: tomatoes, chillies, lime juice and oil. Common variations include using shallots in place of spring (green) onions and the addition of fresh basil.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 day
Author: The Cook


  • 250 g plum tomatoes, diced (red and green, if available)
  • 10 chillies, diced (both red and green for colour)
  • 1 red onion, diced (or 3 spring onions, chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice , calamansi juice, if available
  • 1 tablespoon olice oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


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


No matter how you make it, be sure to give it a day or more to blend the flavours before using.
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