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Telor Balado (Egg in Spicy Chili Sauce)

Posting Date: 11/11/15

Telor Balado (Egg in Spicy Chili Sauce)

Telor Balado (Egg in Spicy Chili Sauce) originated from Padang, the western part of Sumatra island in Indonesia. The dishes from that region are always spicy and hot. There are many variations of balado (spicy chili sauce). It can be made using hard boiled egg, eggplant, or shrimp. It is good to eat with warm rice. For this recipe, I make the telor balado (egg in spicy chili saucce) variation. Since it is hard to find red chili pepper in the stores, I use sambal oelek. Sambal oelek is made of red chili peppers, vinegar, and salt. Since the color of the peppers used is red, I use it as a substitute for recipes that are supposed to use red chili peppers in the ingredients. The red color in the chili peppers is the one that makes the food looks red and appealing. That's why I want to keep the same appearance. In addition, sambal oelek doesn't have garlic or any other spices in the ingredients, so this makes it a suitable replacement for red chili peppers.

This recipe uses hard boiled eggs. The hard boiled eggs is fried until light brown. During frying, the oil can splatter, so you may want to use splatter screen to reduce the mess.

For this recipe, I only use 2 tablespoons of sambal oelek. You can add more if you like it hot. If you don't like it hot, you can reduce the amount.

The recipe serves for 3-4 people.


  • vegetable oil
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, shell peeled
  • 1 small size shallot, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sambal oelek or 2 red chili peppers, chopped. You can increase or reduce the amount depending on your tolerance. I use Huy Fong brand for sambal oelek since they don't add shrimp paste or garlic to it and thus, I got the chili pepper I need without any other flavors I don't want.
  • 2 small tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • water


  1. Heat vegetable oil on medium heat. Fry hard boiled eggs until they are slightly brown. The oil might splatter when you fry the eggs, so you may want to use splatter screen during frying. Drain the eggs and place them on the plate lined with paper towel.
  2. Put shallot, garlic, sambal oelek, and tomatoes in food processor. Grind the spices until they become paste.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Saute the ground shallot, garlic, sambal oelek and tomatoes until they become aromatic.
  4. Add about 1/4 teaspoon of water to make the spices smooth like pasta sauce. Add more water if needed. Season with salt, pepper, and sugar.
  5. Add the eggs and toss to coat them with the spices.
  6. Remove from heat and serve with warm rice.

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