Nasi Lemak

If you want to serve an entrée that’s going to be hugely well received, try this recipe for Nasi Lemak. It’s a wonderfully unusual dish, and you’ll be absolutely amazed by the huge variety of flavours in it.


Coconut Milk Steamed Rice

2 cups of rice

3 screwpine leaves (tie them into a knot)

Salt to taste

1 small can of coconut milk

Some water

Tamarind Juice

1 cup of water

Tamarind pulp (size of a small ping pong ball)

Sambal Ikan Bilis (Dried anchovies sambal)

1/2 red onion

1 cup dried anchovies

1 clove garlic

4 shallots

10 dried chillies

1 teaspoon of belacan (prawn paste)

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1 tablespoon of sugar

Other ingredients

2 hard boiled eggs (cut into half)

3 small fish (sardines or smelt fish)

1 small cucumber (cut into slices and then quartered)

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- Just like making steamed rice, rinse your rice and drain. Add the coconut milk, a pinch of salt, and some water. Add the pandan leaves into the rice and cook your rice.

- Rinse the dried anchovies and drain the water. Fry the anchovies until they turn light brown and put aside.

- Pound the prawn paste together with shallots, garlic, and deseeded dried chilies with a mortar and pestle. You can also grind them with a food processor.

- Slice the red onion into rings.

- Soak the tamarind pulp in water for 15 minutes. Squeeze the tamarind constantly to extract the flavor into the water. Drain the pulp and save the tamarind juice.

- Heat some oil in a pan and fry the spice paste until fragrant.

- Add in the onion rings.

- Add in the ikan bilis and stir well.

- Add tamarind juice, salt, and sugar.

- Simmer on low heat until the gravy thickens. Set aside.

- Clean the small fish, cut them into half and season with salt. Deep fry.

- Cut the cucumber into slices and then quartered into four small pieces.

- Dish up the steamed coconut milk rice and pour some sambal ikan bilis on top of the rice.

- Serve with fried fish, cucumber slices, and hard-boiled eggs.

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