Nasi Lemak, the national dish of Malaysia!
Popular in Brunei, Thailand and Singapore, it’s Malaysia that lays full claim to Nasi lemak. And, perhaps there’s a reason for that. If cooked well, Nasi Lemak is downright great.
What is nasi lemak made from?
Nasi lemak means “fatty rice”. It get’s this name as the rice used is soaked in coconut cream, and then steamed until cooked. Exceptionally good Nasi lemak has pandan leaves added or lemon grass to add some fragrance.
Traditional nasi lemak is often served simply wrapped in banana leaf. Ordering nasi lemak in restaurant will often mean it will be accompanied with many side dishes.
It may also have a different coloring depending on what’s been added to it. Such things might include, egg, chicken, beef, roasted peanuts and some vegetables.
What does nasi lemak taste like?
The rice is soft, and very flavoursome. Yet, it’s not overly sweet, nor gooey. It works as a main meal, or small side of the road snack.
For me nasi lemak is best served with beef rendang. The combination of tastes really hits the spot.
I really wish other rice eating nations would learn to make nasi lemak like the Malaysians do.
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