Refreshingly different, sambal hijau (green sambal) holds its own against its more fiery red-hot cousins.
If you still haven't made plans to celebrate Father's Day, it is not too late to get to the market or supermarket, gather ingredients and make this green sambal which you can cook with chicken or fish.
Or for that rustic flavour, eat it with boiled sweet potato - a tip from my colleague.
If you have trouble getting green tomatoes, the next best option is to get tomatoes which are less ripe.
Sambal hijau is more tangy than spicy.
But if you find that the green finger chilli or even the green chilli padi is not spicy enough to impress dad, throw in some sliced red chilli padi when you are frying up the mixture.
Don't worry if you cannot get kencur (sand ginger).
This aromatic ginger is not readily available at most wet markets. It does add a unique fragrance to the mix, but you can do without.
This article was first published on June 21, 2015.
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