Sambal Tauco (Yellow Bean Sauce Sambal)

• ¼ cup (70g) yellow bean sauce (tauco) or miso
• ¼ cup (60 mL) thick coconut milk

Spice Paste:
• 3 green finger-length chilies, deseeded
• 4 shallots, peeled
• 3 cloves garlic, peeled
• 2 tablespoons oil
• 1 stalk lemongrass, thick bottom third only, outer layers discarded, inner part bruised
• 2 salam leaves
• 1 tablespoon tamarind juice
• 1 teaspoon shaved palm sugar or dark brown sugar

• Make the spice paste by grinding the chilies, shallots and garlic to a smooth paste in a mortar or blender, adding a little oil if necessary to keep the mixture turning. Heat the oil in a wok over medium high heat and stir-fry the ground paste with all the other ingredients until fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes
• Add the yellow bean sauce or miso and stir-fry for 1 more minute. Reduce the heat to low, add the coconut milk, mix well and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring until the sambal is thickened. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool, then serve in small bowls. This sambal keeps a week in the refrigerator