Nasi Lemak is to Malaysians, what the English fry-up is to the British. But whilst the full English breakfast has streaky bacon, eggs, fried or grilled tomatoes, fried mushrooms, fried bread or toast and sausages, the Malaysian nasi lemak has hot spicy sauce (sambal), hard boiled egg, cucumber slices, small dried anchovies (ikan bilis) and roasted peanuts at its core and to this you may add sambal cuttlefish, fried chicken, cockle, stir fried water convolvulus (kangkong), pickled vegetables (achar) or beef rendang (beef stewed in coconut milk and spices). Both are equally beautiful to look at when spread out on a plate and both are equally sinful and bad for the heart!
The name itself ” rice in cream” is derived from the cooking process where regular white rice is literally soaked in coconut cream and then steamed to give a gorgeous, aroma of coconut-perfumed white rice that is then wrapped in banana leaf or served on a plate and eaten with the other side dishes mentioned above. Sometimes a knotted pandan leaf, or ginger or a stalk of lemongrass is thrown it to make the rice all the more fragrant.
To the core nasi lemak, you may add sambal cuttlefish, fried chicken, cockle, stir fried water convolvulus (kangkong), pickled vegetables (achar) or beef rendang (beef stewed in coconut milk and spices)
The thing that the English breakfast and the Nasi lemak have in common is that they are both high in fat and calorific content. The thing that is different though is that whilst the English breakfast is mainly eaten in the morning in England, the nasi lemak can be eaten anytime of the day, and is eaten anytime of the day, here in Malaysia. Nasi lemak can be found in schools, sold at roadside stalls, at the morning market , wrapped in newspaper, wrapped in banana leaf of just plainly served on a plate in both coffee shops and high-class restaurants alike. We Malaysians eat nasi lemak when we are hungry, happy, bored, depressed, celebratory. We eat nasi lemak before we go out to party, after the party.. at the party, we eat nasi lemak with friends or sometimes alone.
Nasi lemak is hot, nasi lemak is cold, nasi lemak is wrapped, nasi lemak is laid out, Nasi Lemak is gourmet, Nasi lemak is peasant. But most importantly Nasi Lemak is Malaysian – Nasi Lemak is my country , my cuisine, my all.
Deep fried chicken that disappears no sooner has it been fried. It is really THAT popular!
Nasi Lemak every Malaysian’s pride and joy!
Nasi Lemak Daun Pisang Robson Heights.. just follow your nose to one of the best nasi lemak stalls in KL!Add: Nasi Lemak Daun Pisang Robson Heights,
Lorong Syed Putra Kiri,
Off Federal Highway,
Kuala Lumpur Open from 3pm – 2am