Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Nasi Lemak & Nasi Goreng (Part III)

Upon my arrival in Kuala Lumpur, I said to myself, no matter how spicy the food is (not fond of spicy food) I should still try the Nasi Lemak. Visiting a country without trying their local cuisine is a really dumb move. The local cuisine actually tells a lot about the country your are visiting. It is part of their culture and history and you want to experience that part right?

Nasi Lemak is a national dish in Malaysia. It is also considered a national heritage. Nasi Lemak is of Malay origin wherein the name literally means "rice in cream". The rice is soaked in coconut cream and then steamed. Nasi Lemak is served with peanuts, steamed egg, slices of fresh cucumber, ikan bilis (fried & crispy anchovies) and sambal (chili paste). This dish is accompanied usually by fried chicken slices, at times, seafood replaces the chicken or Beef Rendang. There are other several versions of Nasi Lemak as the palette of people evolves through time.

Nasi Goreng is another signature local dish in Malaysia. It literally means "fried rice". The rice is spicy but very tasty and delicious. It is served with slices of chicken, chili, cucumber and prawns. Usually Nasi Goreng is accompanied by sliced fried chicken as well. There is also a clear soup in the meal.

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