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One of the participants in the Sambal Exchange project, Kamini (above), is a Central-Javanese domestic helper who insists that a sambal must include bird's eye chilli. Her employers let her, even though some of them can't take the heat.

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The sambal she cooked was Sambal Ayam Penyet (above).

Spicing up food conversations

Sheere Ng explains how she came up with the idea of having two strangers exchange their personal sambal recipes along with the memories associated with them.
Apr 15, 2016 5:50 AM

Have you caught a whiff of something and suddenly being struck by a sense of deja vu? If the sense of smell can evoke such a strong sense of nostalgia, imagine how much more the sense of taste can do.

Sheere Ng, who runs writing studio In Plain Words with her fiancé, was moved to start a

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