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Pecel Lele
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Pecel lele served with sambal, tempeh and lalab vegetables, usually sold in humble tent (warung).
Alternative namesPecel Lele, Pecak Lele
CourseMain course
Place of originIndonesia[1]
Region or stateLamongan, East Java province, Nationwide in Indonesia and Maritime Southeast Asia
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsClarias catfish served with sambal traditional chili paste

Pecel Lele or Pecak lele is an Indonesian deep fried Clarias catfish dish originating from Lamongan, East Java, Indonesia.[1]


It consists of catfish served with traditional sambal chili paste, often served with fried tempeh and/or tofu and steamed rice. It is a popular Javanese dish widely distributed in Indonesian cities, especially in Java. However, it is often associated with Lamongan town, west of Surabaya in East Java, as majority of pecel lele seller hailed from this town. Often served in a street-side humble tent warung in Indonesian cities, pecel lele can be considered as an affordable food for everybody. Today, due to migrations of Javanese people to neighboring countries, pecel lele can also be found in Singapore and Malaysia.

Although it has a similar name, it should not be confused with another Javanese dish, pecel, which is a vegetables dish served in peanut sauce. Pecel lele is not served in peanut sauce, but in sambal terasi (ground chili with shrimp paste sauce) instead. However, some recipes might add a little bit of ground peanuts into their sambals.

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  1. ^ a b Adi Sucipto Kisswara & Budi Suwarna (24 February 2014). "Sejahtera Bersama Pecel Lele". Warta Kota (in Indonesian). Retrieved 13 January 2015.