Thursday- Nasi Lemak 20 centThursday, January 06, 2011
BigDaddyO and I watched TV show a couple night ago and we saw this nasi lemak wrapped in banana leaves on it and it drool me big time that night hehe.. Straight away I planned to skip the meal on the menu planner for this nasi lemak.
So, early in the morning, Adam and I went to the wet market to find banana leaves and it cost me SGD3 for 10 big banana leaves. "Take it or leave it, cannot buy less than that.." and I went home with a bulk of banana leaves with me.. T_T
Nasi Lemak 20 cent is a simplified version of all the nasi lemak we have in town today. Today nasi lemak was so overrated with all kind of side dishes and it's way too much for me. I.e. of side dishes are fried chicken, fried fish, hot dog, sambal udang up to sambal puyuh, all type of veges, all type of fish ball and fish cakes.. way too much..and yet for this nasi lemak 20 cent, it was so original and humble. Only egg, sambal and fried anchovies are allowed inside. And sometimes, cucumber and nuts.
This 20 cent nasi lemak was very easy to prepare since it would only require nasi yg betul2 lemak and sambal yg betul2 sambal hehe the rice must has a balance taste of coconut milk, ginger and salt with nice pandan fragrant.. and for the sambal, it must be in between sweet, sour and salty. The extra accessories as fried anchovies, cucumber, nuts and eggs are up for you to put. I forgot to buy egg, so no eggs for the wraps.
The best part is when you unwrapped the banana leaves. The combination fragrant of banana leave with the rice was so aromatic. Remember to smoke the banana leaves first before you wrapped the rice and etc inside.
Any nasik lemak recipe [go google..hehe] will do for this nasi lemak 20 cent. the most important is the wrapper, the banana leaves itself.
that'll make a big different.. and I still have tonnes of banana leaves in my freezer..huhu
p/s: this really reminisce my early school days..my mom always used banana leaves to wrap nasi lemak, nasi goreng, or nasi bungkus for my Ko-Q days. My dad would take the school bags with him [after the school time over] and handed us the wrapped home-made lunch. and then, my sister and I would eat it in a quite canteen corner and wait together until the club session started. ...Oh I miss her..