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Nasi Lemak and Rojak @ Roxy Sq

In Eating out, Food from Home, Outside Dubai, singapore on January 30, 2012 at 11:30

One of the most unlikely locations is where I found my new favorite Nasi Lemak with otak-otak.

Nasi Lemak : Traditionally, this comes as a platter of food wrapped in banana leaves, with cucumber slices, small fried anchovies (ikan bilis), roasted peanuts, hard boiled egg, and hot spicy sauce (sambal) at its core. This one comes with ikan bilis (the Malay version of anchovies) and nuts, fried fish, cucumber and not forgetting the sambal!

This is comfort food at its simplest. No expensive ingredients needed. They serve this with a side of otak-otak.

Otak-otak: Otak-otak is a cake made of fish meat and spices. It is widely known across Southeast Asia, where it is traditionally served fresh, there is a spicy fish paste wrapped inside a banana leaf and grilled over a Charcoal fire.

They served a nicely spiced version version of otak otak that totally compliments the nasi lemak that they serve.

The highlight of any decent nasi lemak is the sambal and this version is one of the better ones around. It is spicy, sweet and salty all at the same time.

Its now my regular takeout joint for wkend breakfasts.

In addition to the yummy nasi lemak and otak otak. This coffeeshop also sells a kick-ass version of the chinese rojak or chinese fruit salad with fritters in a spicy prawn paste based sauce.

Fruit rojak consists typically of cucumber, pineapple, benkoang (jicama), bean sprouts, taupok (puffy, deep-fried tofu) and youtiao (cut-up Chinese-style fritters). Raw mangos and green apples are less commonly used. The dressing is made up of water, belacan (shrimp paste), sugar, chili, and lime juice. Ingredients vary among vendors with some also using hae ko prawn/shrimp paste, tamarind or black bean paste in the mix. The ingredients are cut into bite-sized portions and tossed in a bowl with the dressing and topped with chopped peanuts and a dash of ground or finely chopped bunga kantan (pink ginger bud).

The store owner is uncle who is very well dressed for a hawker. He is always in office attire and is always ever so neat.

His rojak is special as the fritters and tofu puff remain crunchy even if I do a takeout rather than eating the rojak at the store. He also has a very well balanced sauce that is sweet, savory, spicy and fragrant.

Just writing about it makes me want to head down for some rojak now! But now for some bad mews, with the current diet, got to avoid them for at least the next 6 months 😦

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