Monday, September 14, 2009

Nasi Lemak Nite

We had a simple Malaysian cuisine for last Friday nite’s dinner. It was Nasi Lemak served with the simplest condiments of egg, cucumber, peanuts and sambal ikan bilis (anchovy). Nasi Lemak originates from Malaysian and can easily be found in many eateries. There are many different varities to this dish; some have more luxurious condiments, some are more basic (and original?). Never the less, this dish is loved by many.

I had planned to share the recipe to make the “Nasi” (Coconut Rice) which is rice cooked with coconut milk, lemongrass, ginger and some salt. I forgot to measure the amount of rice I used this time, so I guess I’ll share the next time then. SambalIkanBilis1However, I do like to share my Sambal Ikan Bilis (Anchovy) that I made to accompany the rice time and again. Hubby and I loved it to bit and it’s easy to make with the right ingredients on hand! I’ve always made it using a cheat method by using Sambal Oelek (that way, I do not have to cut up fresh chilies or reconstitute dried ones), onions, ikan bilis (dried anchovies..YUM!), sugar and seasoning. Here’s the recipe!SambalIkanBilis



  • 4 Oz Asian Dried Anchovies (Ikan Bilis), Wash & Drain
  • 2 Cups Thinly Sliced Onions
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Sambal Oelek
  • 5 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Water


Heat oil over medium heat and add anchovies. Fry anchovies until fragrant and slightly brown. Add onions and stir fry till onions are soft. Then add sambal, brown sugar, light & dark soy sauce and water. Let mixture simmer until sauce become slightly thick. Remove and serve with warm rice, fried or hard boiled eggs.

Here’s a picture of the sambal oelek, available from most Asian grocery stores in the US. You could also get this sambal from the regular grocery store in the US; look in the Asian aisle for it. oelek


Adeline said...

are you serious? sambal is that easy to make??! i've been craving for nasi lemak (mainly their sambal) forever. What onions do you use? Shallots or just regular red onions? How about making them spicier? I like mine super hot!

There is one more dish i am craving now.... ipoh sar hor fun. it's funny because i don't even remember liking it that much growing up. Maybe you can come up with an easier recipe and yet, authentic taste. =)

Simply June said...

well.. hubby and I likes it... and the in-laws too! =)... the sambal might look slightly different from those $1 /packet ones though....but the spice and the fishiness is there

i use red onions for this, u could use yellow onions too. this sambal oelek is already quite u could either add more sambal, or reduce a bit of sugar.

i'm trying to think...wat is ipoh hor fun?

i use

Adeline said...

i will definitely try this recipe out! add more sambal oelek to make it more spicy. :) I'll let you know the outcome.

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