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Nasi Lemak with Sambal Ikan Bilis (Malaysian Coconut Cream Rice with Anchovies Chili Paste)

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Finally we cooked Nasi Lemak, a popular and authentic dish of Malay heritage. Nasi Lemak means “coconut cream rice” which is cooked in coconut cream instead of using plain water to give it a nice coconut aroma. You can add in Pandan or screwepine leaves for additional fragrance. Nasi Lemak is traditionally wrapped up with banana leaves with other sides such as roasted peanuts, hard boiled eggs, anchovies (ikan bilis) and most importantly the Sambal (chili).

For a more deluxe version, you can always order other entrees to go with it, such as Curry Chicken, Mutton Curry, Sambal Cuttlefish, Kangkung Belacan, Sambal Egg (mostly spicy dishes) and etc. You can find the recipes in the site and prepare to accompany the Nasi Lemak.

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Claypot Chicken Rice (瓦煲雞飯/煲仔飯)

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When we talk about the good food in Malaysia, you don’t want to miss the famous Claypot Chicken Rice (瓦煲雞飯).  I remember when I lived in Malaysia with my family, we loved to go to the hawker stall near my house in Klang for the claypot chicken rice.  Essentially, the claypot is filled with rice, topped with chicken and other ingredients such as chinese sausages, mushroom and especially salted fish pieces that gave an extra taste. Then the claypot chicken rice is cooked using the most traditional way on top of charcoal fire which makes it so fragrant and delicious.

To cook a perfect claypot chicken rice, the most important thing is to know how to control the charcoal fire. You practically have to stand there to fan the charcoal in order to control for high or low heat, and not to burn the rice.  One of the best parts of the claypot chicken rice is the crispy rice bits (not burnt rice) that are stuck on the side and the bottom of the claypot that makes it so unique tasty.

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Nasi Goreng Pattaya (蛋包飯)

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Hey guys, party was over and it is time to get ready for accommodating the new year of 2010.  Unfortunately, I had a minor problem so called “Party Aftermath” - leftover rice. How to deal with it? Porridge or fried rice? It has been a while since we made the Indonesian Fried Rice, so I decided to go for fried rice. This time I’ve prepare the Nasi Goreng Pattaya.

Nasi goreng pattaya, or simply nasi pattaya, is one of the common dishes around Malaysia which usually can be found at Malay hawker stalls. In Malay, nasi means rice and goreng means fry. So, you can name it Rice Pattaya as well.  The name comes from Pattaya, Thailand. It is actually a chicken fried rice wrapped with fried egg and usually served with chili sauce and cucumber.

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After Thanksgiving Turkey Porridge (Congee)

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Every Thanksgiving we will prepare a lot of food and it is always impossible to finish all of them. There are always leftover food for the next couple of days, we will be eating the same thing over and over again, especially the big roasted turkey. So what will you do with the leftover turkey?

Instead of eating the same roasted turkey for the next day, you can actually prepare a new dish with the turkey meat. You can make a soup with the leftover turkey, adding some preferred vegetables as well as noodles. This will make a perfect noodle soup as all the turkey essence is preserved in the soup.  Another way that we usually prepare is to make the turkey porridge, or congee.  Having a hot bowl of porridge in the cold weather will definitely warm you up.

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Indonesian Fried Rice/ Nasi Goreng (印尼炒飯)

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What’s the best thing to do if you have too much leftover rice? Fried Rice of course. In Indonesia or Malay, it is called “Nasi Goreng”. Nasi means Rice; Goreng means Fried. One main thing to remember when preparing fried rice is best to use cooked rice that has been cooled down ahead of time or refrigerated overnight, so the fried rice will not be soggy. You can combine a variety of ingredients of meat and vegetable to make the fried rice.  This time I was cooking the Indonesian Fried Rice that includes chicken and shrimp with red chili that gives you the extra spicy kick on it as well as a fried egg on the side.

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