Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak
Pronunciation: nah-see lÉ™-mahk

As its name suggests, nasi lemak was originally a Malay dish. A rice cooked in coconut milk served with ikan bilis (fried anchovies), nuts, fried fish, cucumber and sometimes an egg omelette. The Chinese take on nasi lemak varies slightly with an offering of chicken drumsticks, chicken franks, fish cakes, curried vegetables and luncheon meat (Asian Spam) to compliment the fragrant coconut rice. Both versions are usually accompanied by a sweet chilli condiment to give it that extra oomph. Although typically enjoyed as a breakfast meal, the nasi lemak can be eaten at any time of the day.

Some eateries still retain the tradition of wrapping the rice in a banana leaf to enhance its flavour. An Indian version is also available which consists of fresh coconut cream, curry leaves, corn and fenugreeks in a delicate basmati rice.


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