Nasi Lemak from Singapore Deli

In Eating out on August 5, 2010 at 09:18

Nasi Lemak is a dish that can be found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. With roots in Malay culture, its name is a Malay word that literally means ‘rice in cream’. The name is derived from the cooking process whereby rice is soaked in coconut cream and then the mixture steamed.

At its best, this dish is served in a banana leaf wrapping. Unfold the leaf to discover a portion of fragrant rice that’s been cooked in coconut milk, a small deep-fried fish, some fried anchovies, a slice of plain omelette, some fresh cucumber and the all-important sambal (a paste made from chillies, dried shrimp and spices).

Originally a Malay dish, it is now prepared by the Chinese too, who added many accompanying ingredients, such as fried chicken wings, sausages and vegetables. Traditionally a breakfast meal, it is so well-loved that there are all-night restaurants in Singapore which specialise in serving nasi lemak for late dinners, suppers and wee-­hours breakfasts!

This is a dish I sorely missed since I moved to Dubai and especially after my supply of sambal ran out. I could always cook another batch but that may mean putting my poor neighbors through the flumes when I cook the sambal.

I found it in the Singapore Deli the other day and decided to order it as takeout since I had already had my lunch!

The rice was fragrant and had the wonderful taste of coconut. The sambal was close to the version from home but could be hotter. The fried ikan billies were nice and fresh. I took it home and added the fried egg and sausage to it. Yummy stuff but I was told to try the version @ First Malaysian instead, well will go hunt it down and check it out next time!

  1. Mmmm looks delish! Havent had sambal for 2 years!! Btw, where’s singapore’s Deli? Karama?


    • Dear Elaine,
      thanks for visiting my site, wow 2 years is a long time to not eat sambal. Singapore Deli is at Al Karama near bujuman mall…

  2. My goodness… my mouth is just watering…Looks so good. Singapore food is the only thing I miss most (beside my siblings and mum).I am going to call my mother to make them when I visit next month. Thanks.

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