Recipe by: Hayden Quinn
Time: 45 minutes. Serves: 4
To make the sambal, soak the shrimp and chillies separately in warm water for 10 minutes, then drain and thoroughly rinse. Place the shrimp in a stick blender and pulse until you have a coarse sandy texture. Adding a little water if needed. Remove and place in bowl until needed.
Blend the chili and tomato with a stick blender until you have a paste. Remove and set aside. Add the garlic, ginger, shallots, sugar and fish sauce to the blender and process until you have a paste.
To finish the sambal, heat 2 tbs. of peanut oil in a large wok over high heat. Add the garlic, ginger and shallot paste and stir for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add the chili paste and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Next add the shrimp and stir-fry for another 2 minutes until well combined. Remove from the heat, cool slightly, then transfer to a small jar and cover with vegetable oil. To make the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Heat another 2 tbs. of peanut oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Gently place the tofu into the hot oil and cook for 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Drain on paper towel, cut into 4 slaices and sprinkle with sea salt.
To serve, place the cucumber and bean sprouts in a large bowl, add just enough dressing to coat and gently toss. Divide among plates and sprinkle with coriander, chili and lemongrass. Serve with tofu and a dollop of shrimp sambal.
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