Food Trip Sunday: Nasi Lemak of Malaysia

Saturday, March 22, 2014

It was our second day in Malaysia when we went to Genting Highlands. When we arrived at the Putra Gombak train station, about 30 minutes away from KL Sentral, we noticed some roadside food stalls selling breakfast. A lot of people line up to buy some bread and what looks like a 'binalot' in the Philippines.
I had no idea how to eat it.
We asked the food seller what the 'binalot' is, she answered something we could not really understand. So, we had no idea what it was at that time. The food is wrapped in a banana leaf and paper. It is formed like a small pyramid and you open it, you'll be surprised what's inside. I just did some research when we got back to the hotel to find out what it was. They call it Nasi Lemak.
My friend Maki
Nasi Lemak is a traditional Malaysian dish. According to my research, it is considered as a de facto national dish because it represents the different nationalities that make up the country (Indian, Malay and Chinese). It is a combination of rice cooked with coconut milk, hard boiled egg, sambai (spicy sauce), beef toppings, fried anchovies, fresh cucumber and roasted penuts. Different toppings are available as well like squid and prawns.
I mixed the rice with the toppings. I don't know if it was the right way to eat it though.
Do you know where I can buy Nasi Lemak in the Philippines? If I can't find it, I might do a DIY Nasi Lemak soon! It's been almost a year since I tasted it, but my palate still remembers it. Now, I am hungry! :)

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