Friday, December 4, 2015

Nasi Lemak - Nava K's Version

Nasi Lemak! Our Malaysian world famed coconut milk rice dish (Nasi Dagang, Nasi Kerabu, Nasi Bunga Telang/Blue Pea Rice, Nasi Pudina & Chinese Fried Rice). Indeed. Nasi Lemak indeed is our pride and joy famed dish and we Malaysians, you name it, we can joyously tuck into Nasi Lemak any time of the day. All throughout the day, until Nasi Lemak can be our supper as well. Nasi Lemak sincerely is the true calling for us Malaysians, until we, maybe not all of us, but some of us do go to extent of hunting or haunting down the best Nasi Lemak in town, out of town or anywhere for the matter. For me, if I am to pick the top 10 or even top 5 nasi lemak, the best among the rest nasi lemak has to be nothing more, nothing less except for their tastes of coconut milk pandan scented rice and sambal (Sotong/Squid Sambal). 

Otherwise, nasi lemak is a no show for me. Yes foodies. I reckon rice and sambal (Sambal Petai) must sum up how delicious Nasi Lemak should be because the rest of the other condiments are pretty much the standard ones. Tell me then? What by the way can be different about boiled egg, fried egg (Mushroom Omelette), fried anchovies, fried peanuts and cucumber. Of course the popularity of some nasi lemak is the lauk-pauk or call it the extras like Fried Chicken (Thai Style Fried Chicken, Rendang (Mutton RendangAyam Masak Merah), Fish Sambal (Asam Fish CurryIkan Masak Belacan, Fish Curry & Turmeric Fried Fish) and the list goes on and on, on what else can be paired alongside nasi lemak for a satisfying  nasi lemak meal (Chilli Mutton). 

Nevertheless, I can't help in keeping my mouth shut when bloggers in India especially replicate or shall I say steal our nasi lemak recipes and claim its their invention. Those bloggers who are trying to be nasi lemak show stealers. Damn irritating. Look, I am not saying they shouldn't make nasi lemak, yet when they claim its their invention, I really feel like puking. I, on the other hand, being a born and bred Malaysian, I strongly vouch I have garnered my own hands-on experiences of making nasi lemak (Nasi Lemak, Vegetarian Nasi Lemak, Nasi Lemak Prawn Sambal & Nasi Lemak Bungkus). To prove myself further, lemme now me share another version of my nasi lemak. Basmati rice pandan scented and coconut milk rice, not the same, its different mind you, paired alongside sambal ijo ikan, serunding udang kering/ dry style dried shrimp, boiled salted egg and the rest of the other standard condiments (Kangkung Belacan, Chicken Salted Egg, Cucumber Yogurt Salad, Long Beans Turmeric &  Egg Vindaloo).  

For the nasi
2 cups Basmati rice -rinse and drain off water 
8 pandan leaves - blend with some water to extract the juice
A few sliced ginger
1 1/2 cup thick coconut milk
1 1/2 cup plain water
Salt for taste

For the serunding
1 cup udang geragau/tiny dried shrimps
1 lemongrass/serai - shred
Chilli flakes - as needed
Powdered palm sugar - as needed
2 tbsp of oil
Lime wedges - as needed
Salt for taste

For the sambal ijo ikan 
For the fish
10 sardine fish - clean and de-gut
1 inch fresh turmeric (or turmeric powder) - nicely pounded or blend till fine
1 tbsp rice flour
*Gently mix these ingredients together 

For the sambal
8 fresh green chillies (or as needed)
1/2 inch ginger
6 garlic
8 shallots
** blend/pound till smooth with some water
Powdered palm sugar - as needed
Fish sauce - 1/2 tbsp 
Lime juice - as needed
Oil - as needed
Salt - if needed

To make
For the rice
Add all the ingredients in the rice cooker and cook.
Or you prefer to cook over the stove, please do so. 
Once cooked, fluff the rice up.

For the serunding
Heat oil
Add all the ingredients (please don't add the lime wedges)
Fry while stirring till shrimps are nice and crispy
Dish out and some lime juice to mix before eating. 
For the sambal
Heat oil
Fry fish till crispy and cooked. 
Remove and keep aside.
Drain/remove excess oil from the same pan and leave just enough to fry the sambal paste. 
Fry sambal till oil splits and aromatic.
Season with palm sugar, fish sauce, lime juice and salt (if needed or taste first before adding)
Stir and add fish.
Stir a couple of times and dish out

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  1. Oh yes, Nasi Lemak is certainly one of my family's favourite! xoxo

  2. mouthwatering indeed...the whole platter looks tempting

  3. WOW! Lots n lots of flavors. Looks so YUMMY!

  4. I have never had or made anything like exotic and delicious!

  5. wow..It looks delicious..very it :)

  6. Completely new to me.... Looks delicious and feels to grab them..... :)

  7. Except fish everything sounds delicious!! :)

  8. Haha, your husband seems fun :P Looks like that was a long cooking day for you :) I would love to try the veg version with that lovely rice..

  9. There may be many variations but this version looks so stunning! Would love to clean up that plate!!

  10. Mmm.... I thought I had commented on this but I'm not seeing it. Anyway, I love nasi lemak too & this certainly looks good! xoxo

  11. I don't like fish but can recommend this dish to my friends who do like to eat it.. thanks fr sharing

  12. Looks delicious.. Love the sides too

  13. looks special and tasty,love the fish most


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