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How to Make Nasi Lemak

…And now we are on to Malaysian food after a great write up from Irene on the 10 Malaysian Dishes to Experience. As mentioned, Nasi Lemak is known as Malaysia’s National Dish.

While it may not be so healthy, with nicknames like ‘fatty rice’, this flavorful rice will have you smiling at every bite.

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 2 cups of long grain rice
  • 2 pandan leaves
  • Ginger
  • Fenugreek
  • ½ cup of coconut milk
  • 2 cups of water
  • Pinch of salt

Nasi Lemak

I found this great video video to guide you in preparing your rice. It also includes a bonus recipe for Sambal – a spicy Southeast Asian condiment (ingredients below).

Ingredients for 4 servings of Sambal

  • 15 dry red chillies
  • 5 shallots
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 stalk of lemon grass
  • 5 tsp of brown sugar
  • ¾ cup of tamarind juice
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup of dry small anchovies

Good luck and happy cooking! Please comment and let us know how your dish came out.

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Lauren Vita Sgarlato quit her corporate New York lifestyle in 2009 to explore the world for a few months. Little did she know, a few months would turn into years. Having traveled around 30 countries or so, she decided to settle for love in Brazil, but she’s itching to return to Southeast Asia, especially for the food! Learn more about us

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