Pecel Lele or Pecak lele is a deep fried catfish dish commonly found in Indonesia. It is consist of catfish served with traditional sambal chili paste, often served with fried tempeh and steamed rice. It is a popular Javanese dish and 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 has similar name, it should not be confused to other 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 recipe might add a little bit of ground peanuts into their sambals.