Nasi lemak is a rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf with a Malay fragrance. It is commonly found in Malaysia, where it is considered the national dish. It is also a common dish in neighboring areas with significant Malay populations such as Singapore, Brunei, and Southern Thailand.
It can be found in several parts of Sumatra in Indonesia. In particular, you will find this dish in the Malay realm of Riau, the Riau Islands, and Medan. Nasi lemak can also be found in the Mindanao region prepared by Filipino Moro in Bangsamoro.
It is a hearty meal adorned by both the Malays and non-Malays who have their own version of nasi lemak. The rice is the same in most recipes, though due to the pandan leaves, some have a greenish hue. However, it’s the side dishes that set each variation apart.
About Malaysian Nasi Lemak
Nasi lemak in the North West Peninsular appears to have curry in it. The sambal seems to range from hot to moderately hot with a sweet taste. The original nasi lemak in Malaysia is a typical Malaysian breakfast in the Southern and Central Peninsula. It is considered to be of Malay origin. However, because of the dish’s popularity, it’s regarded as an international dish.
Most Malaysian Indians, however, are Muslims. Thus. they do not eat beef. Nasi lemak is served with curry in the Malaysian Indian version. These variations include chicken curry, fish curry, and lamb curry.
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