Course Main course
Place of origin Indonesia
Region or state North Sulawesi
Creator Gorontalo cuisine
Serving temperature Fresh
Main ingredients Hot and spicy condiment made from chopped red chili peppers, bird's eye chili, shallots, red and green tomatoes,salt and sugar, mixed with fresh calamansi juice
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Dabu-dabu is a type of hot and spicy condiment commonly found in the Gorontalo and Manado cuisine of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Dabu-dabu chopped red chili peppers, bird's eye chili, shallots, red and green tomatoes, and a pinch of salt and sugar. All of the chopped and diced spices are mixed with fresh calamansi juice or locally known as lemon cui or jeruk kesturi; sometimes calamansi is replaced by kaffir lime or lemon juice. The chili pepper and citrus juice give it a fresh sour and spicy flavour.

It is usually used as a condiment for seafoods, especially various recipes of ikan bakar (grilled fish).[1] Dabu-dabu has a flavor similar to Mexican salsa. It is sometimes described as Manado's raw sambal.

See also


  1. "Ikan Bakar Dabu-dabu" (in Indonesian). Sajian Sedap. Retrieved April 2014. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
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