Rempah (Spice Paste)

Recipe by 831c2bbed306d52121e560ed50646ca5?s=30&r=gTrish yee
Rempah is a Malay word that means spice paste and it is a blend of asian spices and herbs. Many asian recipes especially Singapore, Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine will require a rempah base. Dishes like laksa, curries, chillies, rendang etc will all require rempah. A good rempah recipe is what you will need to get you started in Asian cooking.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine Malay, Singapore
Servings 500 gm
Calories 1250 kcal


  • Food Processor
  • Wok


Rempah Ingredients

  • 100 g Dried Chilli soak and seeds removed
  • 5 pcs Big Chillies
  • 2 pcs Chilli Padi
  • 10 cloves Garlic
  • 15 pcs Shallots
  • 1 cm Turmeric
  • 20 g Galangal
  • 1 tbsp Lemongrass Minced
  • 5 pcs Candlenut
  • 1 tbsp Belacan


  • 200 g Oil
  • 2 tbsp Palm Sugar
  • 1 knot Pandan Leaf
  • 1 tsp Salt


  • Toast the belacan.
  • Blend all the rempah ingredients till fine paste.
  • Heat half the oil and add pandan leaf and add the paste and belacan to fry.
  • Add table spoons of oil in as you fry.
  • Continue frying for 1-2 hours till it turns dark red and oil comes out.
  • Season with salt and palm sugar and ikan bilis stock powder (optional)


Did you know we teach how to make this rempah at our Cooking Class in Singapore?


Calories: 1250kcal
Keyword asian, chilli, spicy
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