May 18, 2010

Nasi Lemak (Coconut Milk Rice)

Authentic Nyonya-style Nasi Lemak is simply coconut milk rice served with fried anchovies and peanuts, fried tamarind fish or fried tamarind prawn, cucumber, boiled egg and THE SAMBAL BELACHAN. Trust me, nothing is complete without the Sambal Belachan.

There are many version of Nasi Lemak....the coconut milk rice itself varies,....example; the steamed coconut milk rice (Nasi Lemak Kukus) and many different side dishes, some with fried chicken, curry chicken, rendang chicken, curry squid, curry cockles....and the list goes on and on.....depends on what you prefer.

Well,...what I cooked is a mild version. Not so much of coconut milk but I emphasized on the fragrance.

Check out the simple recipe...

Coconut Milk Rice: 
Use one cup of rice, wash and drain a few times till the water is clear.
Add it one onion, one slice ginger, screwpine leaf (Pandan Leaf), a pinch of salt, water and 1/4 of coconut milk (from one grated coconut)
Cook the rice in a steamer till almost dry, sprinkle another 1/4 of coconut milk and mixed the rice well.

Fried Tamarind Prawn:
Use 600g of medium size prawn (to your likings), wash and drain.
Marinate with one handful of (50g) tamarind pulp, a pinch of salt, 1/2 tbsp of sugar for 1-2 hours.
Heat up the wok, add in some oil and in goes the prawn.
Fry till aromatic. Some might want it slightly dry and burnt, some preferred still soft and juicy. You choose ! 

Check out the ingredients for Sambal Belachan:

This is my weekend favorite.....try it !


J said...

An update! :) :) :)

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

WAH!!! I want! It seriously looks so yummy. Tamarind prawns ... hmmm ... you mean just the tamarind and the salt/sugar and that's all? Eh, I must try your style the next time. Let you know ...

NyonyaChef said...


Apa cerita ?


Yes, it's that simple...and yet very appetizing. I can eat the whole plate of rice....never forget the sambal belachan !

mycookinghut said...

I seriously love to have nasi lemak now... you are so right that about sambal belachan.. i think that's something that makes nasi lemak such an addictive dish.. oh yum!

J said...

Apa cerita you lah?
Sudah banyak lama! :P

NyonyaChef said...


True, it's the Sambal Belachan...never leave home without it ! Erh, we actually smuggle in when we traveled to western countries...Go global,... Eat local.

J, work ! till no time to xplore food.

backStreetGluttons said...

We personally prefer the rice in loose form ( can see rice 1 by one ) with sambal belacan thicker,grainier & hotter.

Not the pasty chili-sauce style ( short-cut commercial trap ), as in NL Antarabangsa & many other kwik-fix cafes in town.

Some curry rice banana leaf packets without the sambal but only santan rice in curry gravy in small towns are also damn good

msihua said...

Oooohhh.. sudah return!! I also want nasi lemak!!!! Sigh... I must get some in my short return in July!

petite nyonya said...

wah this is so sedap! it's time to make some at home!!

Cooking Gallery said...

I miss nasi lemak (or nasi uduk in Indonesian). I haven't had it for a long long time...!

NyonyaChef said...

Petite Nyonya,

Try your version lah....! Want to learn from Melaka style.

NyonyaChef said...


Share with me your version! I am still learning from others...