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Nasi Lemak with Sambal Chilli Ikan Bilis

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Nasi Lemak is a favourite malay customary dish as well as a national dish of Malaysia. Not only a very simple dish to make but it has an enormous amount of flavour.  Nasi Lemak exactly means “rice in cream”, essentially rice cooked in coconut milk or cream with pandan (screwpine) leaves, sometimes with ginger or lemon grass added for the pungent flavour. Then the coconut rice is served on a plate lined with banana leave together with other condiments like hard boiled eggs, fried anchovies, toasted or roasted peanuts, sambal chilli with anchovies and sliced cucumber. The sugar and tamarind (Assam) added give the sambal chilli sauce a sweet and tasty flavour. For my gluten free recipe, I am cooking basmati rice in coconut milk with pandan leaves, ginger and salt. My side dishes include sambal chilli anchovies, toasted peanuts, fried crispy anchovies, hard boiled eggs and cucumber. This recipe is gluten free, soy free and dairy free. For nasi lemak special like the ones served in many Malaysian chain restaurants all over the world, simply add chicken curry or beef rendang. This recipe is not only naturally gluten free, it is also dairy free, soy free and corn free.

Gluten Free Nasi Lemak

Normally, nasi lemak is served in Malaysia as a street food or hawker food, with the rice and accompaniments wrapped in banana leaves with brown paper or newspaper. Traditionally, a favourite breakfast dish, but now its available all day for any meals. Due to the popularity of this dish, there are a big variety of side dishes served by many different chefs or home cooks according to their preferences. Some examples are chicken curry, fried chicken pieces, beef rendang, sambal prawns or sotong (calamari), fried eggs, small fried fish like yellowtail scad (yellow trevally fish) or sardine, and assam (tamarind) prawns. Other vegetarian side dishes are sambal kangkong (water spinach), long beans and achar (pickled vegetables) are also available. Malaysian Chinese will also add Hakka braised pork with woodear black fungus mushroom.

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak with Sambal Ikan Bilis

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