Mar 082011

I think almost no one dislikes Nasi Lemak. Hands up if you don’t!

Apart from the cholesterol busting (coconut milk does not contain cholesterol after all!) rice that is filled with saturated fats that can raise cholesterol levels, i just can’t think of any other reason why would anyone not like this dish. Even my kiddos who don’t take spicy food, love nasi lemak! Hahaaa.. Kinda makes one wonders why they eat it in the first place aye?

Well, for one, they dig the ultra fragrant rice.

Two, they are suckers for the fried ikan bilis (anchovies)!

Three, they like the eggs, the peanuts and cucumber.

So yes, apart from the sambal cili, they really do enjoy nasi lemak whole heartedly. But i’m quite wicked sometimes. Do you know what i usually do?

(uh oh, my evil deed is about to be exposed!!)

I will sometimes, okayyyy, fineeee.. ..most of the time,  incorporate some of the sambal cili into their rice without their knowledge! HAhahaahahah!

You know, just a teeeny weeeny bit… hoping they can slowly adapt to the spiciness and not say NO to anything spicy as they grow up. I don’t quite fancy the thought of me being the only person in the family who eats spicy food — Darcy and helper not included. That will be soooo notttt fun!

Importantly, i think a real man eats spicy food, no? :P
(my opinion only lahh.. so if you don’t know me, u can jolly well ignore the sentence above ok? no offense intended! ;))

Nasi Lemak

(from famous cuisine no.64)

Nasi Lemak with Beef Rendang – Seriously, you can  never say NO to this! ^_^


3 cups long grain rice
2 small thumbs of ginger (flatten)
4 blades pandan leaf (knotted)
3/4 to 1 tsp salt
2 cups water
1 cup thick coconut milk

Serve with

  • sambal ikan bilis (recipe follows)
  • hard boiled egg
  • roasted peanuts
  • cucumber
  • fried ikan bilis


1. rinse the long grain rice, put it into rice cooker, add in water, coconut milk, ginger, pandan leaves and salt. cook together.
2. serve with the above.


Sambal Cili

Ingredients (A)

50g big onion (shredded)

Ingredients (B)

15g dried chilies (soak in the water until soft)
50g shallots
30g garlic cloves
150g chili paste / cili boh
4 tbsp cooking oil

Seasoning :

1/2 tsp salt
2-3 tbsp sugar
100-150ml tamarind concentrate (depending how tart you like your sambal)


1. stir fry the big onions in a hot wok with some cooking oil until fragrant. dish out.

2. blend all ingredients (B) in the blender until smooth.

3. heat up wok, add in (B), stir fry over medium high heat until fragrant. add in seasoning, toss well.

4. add big onions, mix well and ready to serve.



For myself, i like my Nasi Lemak with side dishes. I’ll usually just cook one side and that’s it. Having a spicy side dish with nasi lemak gives it more oommmppphhh! ;)

Trust me, the extra effort of  cooking up at least 1  side dish just to go with the nasi lemak is worth it. ;)


Submitting this to Shaz – Test with Skewer for Muhibbah Monday!