Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Nasi Lemak

How coincidentally that on the day I made this meal, my friend little corner of mine had the same thoughts in her mind. Our versions are both very different, except for the hard-boiled eggs. Check hers out. I think her's looks more beautiful with the green rice. :) My version had store-bought otah, sambal oelek prawns, halfway fried then baked drumlets (these were most tender), hard-boiled eggs & cucumber slices. The sambal on top of the eggs was bought from the same otah stall.

For Otah & Sambal -
Lee Wee Brothers

51 Old Airport Road
Tel : 6348 9122

For the kid's version, no sambal (chilli paste) was present as you can see. There was an omelette, non-spicy otah (which is really just fishcake), ikan bilis (anchovies), a drumlet & cucumbers. She only ate some rice and some ikan bilis, and lots of cucumber. In fact, half of her dinner was left intact. Omelette not touched, and neither was chicken. She did however eat all the fishcakes.

I don't do nasi lemak quite a lot, in fact I've only done it a couple of times. Reason being I can't consume lots of coconut or any 'cooling' or what the Chinese would say 'yin' food. Recently, my girl has been on the catered food programme in her school and she tells me about her liking for nasi lemak, so I thought I'd try cooking it at home. Thank goodness I didn't suffer much the morning after the meal. When affected, the joints get all painful.

I had some remainder lemongrass which prompted me to boil them and make it into a drink to accompany the dinner. This drink is commonly found on the menus of Thai restaurants. From what I know, this drink helps to get rid of 'wind' in the body. I thought it would be the best accompaniment to counter the effects of the coconut. Maybe it did work after all.

This is very easy to do. Just boil approximately 5-6 stalks of lemongrass (after cutting off the top part & bruising them a little) with enough water for 4 glasses. Add sugar to taste.


HK Choo said...

You know, I have a confession to make, I don't know how to cook nasi lemk, hahah..I tried once, end up so oily because the recipe said to relace the liquid with santan, so inedible.

Will attempt the lemon grass drinks soon..

Great that you found the "key" to having more nasi lemak. :D

SIG said...

HK Choo - You use diluted coconut milk to cook the rice first. For my recipe, after rice is cooked, then you scoop the thick coconut milk to add to rice. Is the thick milk what you call santan? Well, I still can't have it often though. Just another idea for a meal.

HK Choo said...

Errr...thin and thick coconut milk, that means gotta buy the fresh dessicated coconut and squeeze the milk out on our own? I normally buy just the coconut milk (lazy mah).

Sohcool said...

I drank the lemongrass drink at a friend's place in Sg recently. Thanks for sharing the "one sentence" receipe. Hee hee Will go chinatown to get some. I got a lot of wind in my body.