Emmanuel Peranakan Cuisine: Homecooking away from home
What a lot of us need is to be able to eat a home cooked meal even when we are unable to cook at home.
When I was growing up, dinner was always rice with meat, veggies and soup. It is a nice balanced meal and should be the staple for most Chinese families. Unfortunately, with most people having to eat out, most end up eating a plate of char kway teow or a bowl of noodles instead. These are great one bowl dishes but not very nutritionally balanced.
Nasi Lemak is not complicated. At its most basic, all you need is a fragrant rice, an addictive sambal tumis, crunchy ikan bilis and peanuts and a perfectly fried egg with crisp edges and flowing egg yolk. The Malaysians will insist that it has to be hard boiled to be authentic, but for me, a perfectly fried egg beats a hard boiled egg any day. The other stuff, like fried Ikan Kuning, chicken wings, luncheon meat etc are bonus extras. Again, some might insist that the fried fish or fried chicken wing is essential or that luncheon meat should not even be mentioned. That's fine! You are free to choose whatever you like so long as you feel shiok after eating your nasi lemak.
Blue rice is currently the in thing! It’s actually not a new thing but an old thing, but somehow it has recently become THE thing! Blue food really does capture the imagination doesn’t it? There are not many foods that we associate the colour blue with. One can think of blue cheese and blueberries perhaps, […]
The idea of using basmati rice for nasi lemak is not new. Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak at Adam Road Food Centre had built its reputation upon it and even managed to win the patronage of the Sultan of Brunei! What is surprising is that aren't more nasi lemak stalls capitalising on Selera Rasa's idea after so many years.
The Coconut Club: Nasi Lemak, Cendol, Otah and other Coconut dishes!
You would be forgiven if you thought that The Coconut Club was some sort of beach bar serving piña coladas, but nooooo..., the reason it's called "The Coconut Club" is far more prosaic. They called it "The Coconut Club" simply because the owners were nuts over coconuts!
Nasi lemak has got to be one of my top ten best breakfast idea of all time! It might seem like a simple dish of coconut rice, chilli, fried egg and ikan bilis, but a mouthful of fragrant rice mixed with the sweet chilli and a few slivers of ikan bilis is as tasty as any Michelin Star meal in my books!
Yi Liu Xiang Nasi Lemak – Simple and Satisfying Nasi Lemak for $2.50!
In this day and age, it is hard to find something for less than $3 at the hawker centre and still hope that it is made with passion and quality ingredients. But here it is. The Nasi Lemak at Lor Ah Soo Market must be the holy grail of the economic-gastro pilgrim seeking the sacred chalice […]
International Nasi Lemak: Alamak, which Nasi Lemak!
If you have been to the newly renovated Changi Village Food Centre, you would be lost. It would seem that all the stalls have just played musical chairs and have relocated to another place even though the layout of the hawker centre seems to be much the same! I am not sure what the rationale […]
Nasi Lemak Kukus: Traditional Steamed Rice and Homemade Burgers!
If you are wondering what the future of Nasi Lemak looks like, then head towards Upper Thomson and you might just catch a glimpse of its evolutionary path in Singapore. I don’t know why it has taken so long for someone to do this, but eating Nasi Lemak in a laid back place with customer’s […]
Chong Pang Nasi Lemak hardly needs any introduction. Together with Ponggol Nasi Lemak, they are both probably the most well known Nasi Lemak brands in Singapore. Both actually started out making those pre-packed banana leaf wrapped Nasi Lemak but expanded to serve Nasi Lemak Ala-carte. In those good old days (they have been around for […]
Ponggol Nasi Lemak Centre: There is a good reason why there is always a long queue!
Ah Nasi Lemak. Just the mere mention of it makes you want to eat some right? I remember the very first time I started to like Nasi Lemak. It was during a Scout camp and we were served packets of Nasi Lemak which were wrapped in banana leaves for breakfast. Up till then, I hadn’t […]
Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak: Power to draw the Crowds!
If you live all the way in the West and are looking for a plate of Nasi Lemak late at night, then you would probably head for Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak. At least that would explain why there seems to be a perpetual queue of 20 people lining up for the Nasi Lemak. We […]