12 Facts About Nasi lemak


Nasi lemak is a dish originating in Malay cuisine that consists of fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf.

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Nasi lemak can be found in the Bangsamoro region of Mindanao, prepared by Filipino Moros, as well as Australia's external territories of Christmas Island and the Cocos Islands.

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Nasi lemak is featured as a national dish in most of the country's tourism brochures and promotional materials.

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However, because nasi lemak can be served in a variety of ways, it is often eaten throughout the day.

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Nasi lemak was mentioned in a book "The Circumstances of Malay Life", written by Sir Richard Olof Winstedt in 1909.

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Traditionally, nasi lemak is served with a hot spicy sauce, and usually includes various garnishes, including fresh cucumber slices, small fried anchovies, roasted peanuts, and hard-boiled or fried egg.

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In Indonesia, nasi lemak is a favourite local breakfast fare; especially in Eastern Sumatra .

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In Malaysia, nasi lemak can be found in a pasar malam with a variety of dishes.

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In Malaysia and Singapore, nasi lemak comes in many variations as they are prepared by different chefs from different cultures.

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Nasi lemak is not as popular as the indigenous nasi berlauk, nasi dagang, and nasi kerabu in North East Peninsular Malaysia.

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The Riau islands traditional nasi lemak is quite similar to Malaysian version; it comes as a platter of coconut rice wrapped in banana leaf, with cucumber slices, small dried anchovies, roasted peanuts, hard boiled egg, and hot spicy sauce .

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In March 2016, nasi lemak was mentioned as one of the 10 healthy international breakfast foods by TIME magazine.

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