Sunday, April 16, 2006

Nasi Lemak & Sambal Prawns

Sambal Prawns was awesome!!! By me standards aite!
Ingredients for Sambal Prawns
1 dozen dried chillies - soaked & blend
2 onions & 3 garlics - blend
1 onion - sliced
1 inch belacan paste (fermented prawn paste) - blend
salt & water - blend
4 tbsp white sugar
King prawns
Heat up enough oil (veg oil) and fry sliced onions. Then add in the blended ingredients. Fry till it becomes no more watery. Add in sugar enough till you get a sweet-spicy taste. Add in King prawns and coat well till cooked.
Nasi Lemak, Sambal Prawns, Fried Chicken & Cucumber slices

Thus pairing with Nasi Lemak was the way to go. Nasi Lemak is rice grains cooked in grated and squeezed coconut juice and pandan leaves resulting in a creamy-coconuty flavoured rice. It'll be packed in banana leaves to further enhanced it's aroma and topped with sambal anchovies aka sambal ikan bilis by us. Now, it's no more then just that. Before, it's usually a breakfast meal thus a small serving was served. Now is more for ANYtime meal and trust me, the servings are way bigger and the sides are a LOT more! You can practically have lotsa side dishes along with the rice. i.e. Fried chickens/fried fishes/fried anything, sambal in all versions, fried/boiled/poached eggs, otak-otak, sambal goreng and much more. Your calories will shoot sky high boy! So... go real easy with the sides and being minimal is the right way to go! Hah! That's my split personality advising there for a while. Me, I'll gorge down first. Calories counting later!

Ingredients for Nasi Lemak
2 cups short grain rice - washed
1 1/2 cups coconut juice
2 pandan leaves - washed & tie into a knot
1 tsp salt
In a rice cooker, pour the rice, coconut juice, throw in pandan leaves and salt. Cover and let the machine do the cooking. Stirring occasionally is essential. So as not to get the coconut juice lay at the base but all around. You know what I mean?!!


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