Undoubtedly Malaysia’s Most Famous Dish: Nasi Lemak
Nasi Lemak (Coconut Milk Rice 椰浆饭) is undoubtedly the national dish that represents Malaysia and most probably the most popular traditional dish in Malaysia, to locals and foreigners alike. It is one dish that binds everyone together, despite the wide diversity of cultures and cuisines in Malaysia.
A truly remarkable Nasi Lemak (Coconut Milk Rice) is not to be taken lightly. It constitutes of good quality rice cooked in rich and creamy coconut milk with screw pine leaves infused during the cooking process. This is key to create the best flavours and texture in the nasi lemak rice. Hence, much effort is required to prepare this legendary dish.
Key Components Of A Plate Of Traditional Nasi Lemak
Sambal ikan bilis is a very important component for the cooking of Nasi Lemak. It is a vital accompaniment and a MUST have dish for Nasi Lemak (Coconut Milk Rice).
To make the sambal, first fry the dried anchovies and then cook them with a spice paste, tamarind juice and the flavourful shrimp paste. And what we have is a much craved for anchovy dish, sambal ikan bilis.
Ways To Enjoy A Truly Authentic Nasi Lemak
A typical plate of Nasi Lemak is served alongside fried anchovies, roasted peanuts, sliced cucumber, hard-boiled eggs and an addictive spicy sambal. For more elaborate versions, spicy fried chicken, chicken rendang, curry chicken are also included. See recipes below for perfect accompaniments to the classic nasi lemak.