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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Nasi Lemak, the classic Fast Food.


Photo credit :Hko


Nasi Lemak at night
Originally uploaded by doctorchan.

For breakfast or supper, nasi lemak is one of the original fast foods. Packaged in environmentally friendly banana leaves, you can take it just about anywhere.

Nasi Lemak Wiki

Nasi lemak is a dish that is commonly sold in Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore. In fact, it has been called the unofficial national dish of Malaysia. In the east coast Terengganu and Kelantan, Nasi Dagang is very common. There is a similar dish in Indonesia called nasi uduk.

With roots in Malay culture, its name is a Malay word that literally means 'rice in fat'. The name is derived from the cooking process whereby rice is soaked in rich coconut cream and then the mixture steamed. Sometimes knotted screwpine (pandan) leaves are thrown into the rice while steaming to give it more fragrance. Occasionally, other herbs such as ginger and lemon grass may also be added for additional fragrance.

Traditionally, this comes as a platter with cucumber slices, small dried anchovies (ikan bilis), roasted peanuts, stir fried water convolvulus (kangkong), hard boiled egg, pickled vegetables (achar) and hot spicy sauce (sambal). Nasi lemak can also come with any other accompaniments such as chicken, cuttlefish, cockle, beef curry (beef stewed in coconut milk and spices) or paru (beef lungs). Traditionally most of these accompaniments are spicy in nature.

Nasi lemak is traditionally a breakfast dish, and it is sold early in the morning at roadside stalls in Malaysia, where it is often sold packed in newspaper, brown paper or banana leaf. However, there are restaurants which serve it on a plate as noon or evening meals, making it possible for the dish to be treated as a delicacy.

9 comments:

toniXe said...

check out some KL spots 4 this fave !

Anonymous said...

KL Spots? Thanks, but no thanks.
Makan Penang brader, bukan Makan KL.

Anonymous said...

where can i get nasi lemak in penang???

Ed said...

Weld Quay food court Ali Nasi Lemak!

Ed said...

Another one is the stall in a coffeeshop opposite Bandar Baru Supermarket on Cantonment Road in Pulau Tikus. The coffeeshop is called Jin Hup, I think. Closed on Sundays.

kurobobo said...

wahhhhh..so hungryyyyyyyyyyyy!

Anonymous said...

I try new hawker stall in qbay area last week after i see report in Star newspaper, called mama lissa's, taste v good, i go back this week

JoJo said...

Ha....i go mama lissa @qbay after read star as well....vgood nasi lemak+laksa good to

Nicky said...

Actually Mama Lissa's hawker stall has closed at Queensbay & they have opened a restaurant at the entrance of Bukit Jambul shopping complex.

It's still the same prices but the menu has expanded & the environment is a lot better.