When you were young, do you remember having nasi lemak wrapped in banana leaves from the pasar in the morning?
I can almost remember the taste of the nasi in my mouth with the sambal..brings back a lot of childhood memories
and then there again there is the ones that you can buy for supper at night with an ayam goreng “fried chicken” and fried egg.
There is this particular shop in my hometown kulai, called Yellow Corner. really well known for their nasi lemak. well actually for their sambal.Their operation times are from 730pm till 230am in the morning and it is always quite pack with people.I was so in love with their sambal and brought back their sambal from kulai so many many times that the aunty that sells them knows me.everytime when i go and visit her still, she would ask me if i wanted to buy the sambal back to melbourne. I think she must have thought to herself , she must have loved the sambal so much to bring it all the way back to melbourne. a little bit crazy I KNOW!!! . and true enough after sometime i ran out of the sambal.. and i have to try to find the subsitute. I have tried a variety of brands of nasi lemak sambal in melbourne. just to find that similiar taste of the sambal i love. even resorted to making my own but cant really find the same taste to it till this brand came along called “chilliz”. their range of products are quite popular amongst my household.
here’s my recipe for cooking nasi lemak, a quick and easy one. (it takes as long as the rice should cook)
I would usually prepare all the things as my rice is cooking, so as soon as my rice is cooked, all the condiments should be ready to go with it.
THINGS AVAILABLE FROM YAHWEH
- Chilliz Sambal Nasi Lemak
- Fenugreek Seed
- Dried Anchovy (ikan billis)
- Canned Coconut Milk
- Pandan Leaves (screwpine leaves)
THINGS YOU NEED TO BUY FROM THE MARKET/ SUPERMARKET
- Roasted Peanuts
Recipe for the Nasi Lemak (adapted from Kuali.com)-i am not a precise cook, not good with proportions. i like to taste and see as i cook ( agar agar a lot)
- 3 cups long grain rice
- 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
- 2 tsp cooking oil (to prevent the rice from sticking together)
- 1 1/2 cup water
- couple of slices of ginger, thinly sliced
- 1 red onion, sliced thinly
- 2 pieces of pandan leaves (screwpine leaves) knotted (optional)
- 1 tsp fenugreek
- Salt to taste
Wash rice in cold water and drain. Soak in 2/3 of the coconut milk for 10 minutes.
Pour 2 tsp of oil in the rice cooker, add the rice and let the oil coat the rice.
Now add water.
Add sliced ginger, fenugreek seedsr and red onions and pandan leaves (optional)
Cook rice in the rice cooker.
When it is cooked, mix the remaining 1/3 of the coconut milk to coat the rice for an extra fragrant flavour. (a little trick that i have learnt)
- Eggs (boil or fry them) however many you need
- Dried Anchovy (ikan billis) – a trick to frying it. place the dried anchovy from the packet on a microwavable plate/bowl. pour oil just enough to coat the ikan billis. Place a paper towel over the bowl and put it on intervals of 30seconds in the mircowave(mix them up a little bit before putting back into the microwave again every 30 secs) for about 1 and 1/2 minutes (depending on the microwave) till its crispy.
- Chilliz Sambal Nasi Lemak – pour out in a bowl and add 1 tablespoon of water to mix it up.
- Cucumber- Sliced them up
Assemble them all together on a plate to serve!!! Enjoy your nasi lemak