Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Nasi Lemak 椰槳飯 Coconut Rice With Side Dishes － "Malaysian Monday 14"
Nasi lemak (literally means fat/creamy rice in Malay) is a popular dish in Malaysia and Singapore. Fragrant rice cooked with coconut milk, pandan leaf and aromatics is served alongside a selection of dishes or condiments. Although it is traditionally a breakfast dish; one can easily find this delicious dish at most hours, be it at the roadside stalls or fancy restaurants these days. To call a dish so loved by all races in Malaysia a national dish is quite fitting I think. t sadden me to read about how there is a small group of people who are constantly trying to upset the racial harmony so cherished by the majority of my fellow Malaysians. I decided to do my part by writing a pantun (Malay poem) to counter all the negativities...please excuse my rather rusty Malay! (there is a rough translation st the end of the post;
Nasi lemak warisan kebangsaan kita
Sarapan yang terkenal sampai ke luar negeri
Mutu, Mei Ling dan Wati berkongsi semeja
Semangat Muhibbah membakar tanpa disedari
Sambal udang, telur and buncis tanpa kerang
Rendang, kari dan ikan bilis boleh ditambahi
Walaupun orangnya jauh diseberang
Tradisi dan adat tidak pernah dilupai
for the nasi lemak (coconut rice)
you will need;
500 g of jasmine rice, washed, rinsed and drained
1 pandan leaf, knotted
3 cm piece of ginger, sliced
2 shallots, sliced
1 star anise
200 ml of coconut milk
1 tsp of salt
1 cucumber, sliced
4 hard boiled eggs, halved
1 cup of anchovies, fried til crispy
suitable dishes from the blog;
Place all ingredients for coconut rice into the rice cooker. Add enough water and cook as one would with plain rice.
When the rice is done, remove pandan leaf and spices. This is now ready to be served with side dishes of your choice.
Hard boiled eggs and cucumber slices - compulsory
Crispy anchovies (ikan bilis) - compulsory
A sambal dish is also a must, I made a sambal prawns (sambal udang).
I also made a stir fried green beans with garlic and chili. Often blood cockles (kerang) are added too.
Serve the fragrant coconut rice with the condiments and you will have a very memorable one dish meal ready.
Mix well and enjoy!
The following the the rough translation of the pantun (poem);
Nasi lemak is our national heritage
A popular breakfast dish that is well known all over the world
Mutu, Mei Ling and Wati sharing a table
The spirit of muhibbah* is burning without being noticed
Sambal prawns, egg and fried beans without cockles
Rendang, curry and anchovies can also be added
Although I am thousand miles away
Traditions and costums have not been forgotten
* the spirit of goodwill and tolerance
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