Wok-Fried Okra Sambal
- 2 tbsp. Coconut oil
- 1/4 c. samba oelek
- Kosher salt
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 2 lb. okra trimmed & cut into 2-3 inch pieces
- 1-1/2 tsp oyster sauce
- Fresh ground pepper
- 1 - 2 tbsp. Fried shallots
- Julienne red Fresno or jalapeño pepper for topping
Heat oil in wok. Add chili paste and fry, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes. Add salt and all but 1 teaspoon of sugar and cook until the sugar begins to carmelize, about 5 minutes.
Heat oil in fryer and deep fry thermometer registers 375 degrees. Working in batches fry okra until bright green, about 30 seconds, then remove with a wire skimmer or slotted spoon and shake off excess oil. Add okra to the wok with the chili sauce and toss about 1 minute. Add the oyster sauce, 1/2 tsp pepper and remaining 1 tsp sugar and toss 30 more seconds. Transfer to serving bowl and top with shallots and Chile pepper.