Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tuna Sambal Matah and Bangkok Culinary Trip to Thailand with Mr. Bondan Winarno and Diatabs

Good Morning!

Some of you might already know that I won an instagram contest from Diatabs, and the prize is a fortune! Culinary trip to Bangkok!!! Can I scream my uber-high pitch-out of this world-kinda scream? Prepare to close your ears, peeps. Hahaaaha. Anyway, the truth is, the moment I found out that I won, I was confused, can't believe it. I it really true??

It was my dear friend, Ayu, who informed me about this contest. That was the last day of submission and I am running out of time. I have tried to look for some old pics that suitable for the contest, but came up with nothing. So I open my fridge, and do the best effort I can give with whatever ingredients available. After screening through every corner, every drawer of my refrigerator, I decided to make sambal matah. It is well known as a special sambal from Bali. That was not my first time making sambal matah, in fact it is one of my favorite sambal and I make it quite often .
Here is the pic that I submitt to the contest. Not bad rite?


12 thai red chili
10 shallots
2 garlic
3 kaffir lime leaf, remove the cord
2 lemongrass, peel and use only the tender white part.
1/2tsp shrimp paste, toasted
1/2 sdt salt
Pinch of sugar
1 tbsp lime juice
4 tbsp oil
1 can (128gr) tuna in oil
  1. Thinly slice the chili, shallots, lemongrass, garlic, and kaffir lime leaves
  2. Add lime juice, salt and sugar. 
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan, put the shrimp paste and with the back of a spoon, mashed the shrimp paste until all combined with the oil. Turn off heat
  4. Pour the mixture of oil and shrimp paste to the chilies. Add the tuna chunk. Mix well. Ready to serve.

A little behind the scene story,  I was in a hurry during the photoshoot, it was a bit late in the afternoon, not much sunlight left. Like a bad dream for every foodphotographer who use natural light and very depending on the availability of sunlight like me.  So i got to make it quick, and somehow my camera remote was nowhere to be found. So i use both my hands to do the action. My right hand to pick up the spoon, while my left hand click the camera shutter. It was a very acrobatic experience. At the end, the result is worth every single effort. Touchdown Thailand, for free! Thanks to Diatabs!

Do you guys want to know what we're doing when in Bangkok? Please read my story of our 3 days 2 night Bangkok Culinary Trip on the next posts 😁