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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Thai Styled “Nasi Lemak”

@ Sin Ming Cookhouse / Bakery / Whatever

The Chinese have their fried rice and the Malays have their Nasi Lemak, while searching the internet I found a recipe for what I think would qualify for the Thai version of Nasi Lemak: a simple shrimp paste fried rice accompanied with some sweet fried chicken.

  • 2 1/2 cups cooked jasmine rice
  • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste
  • 1/2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup dried shrimp
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup shredded green mango
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sweet soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper powder
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sliced small Thai chilies
  • 1 tablespoon sliced shallots
  • 1/4 - 1/2 lime
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  1. To make the sweet chicken, slice the pork thin (approximately 1-2cm thick). Fry the chicken in  in about 1 teaspoon of oil on high heat to seal in the juices
  2. In a separate bowl combine fish sauce, soy sauce, pepper, and palm sugar then add to the chicken in the pan
  3. Lower the heat to medium low
  4. Cook for about 10 minutes until the sauce becomes shiny and sticky. Set aside
  5. To make the egg strips. Crack one egg in a bowl and whisk until mixed
  6. Lightly coat a pan with a small amount of oil.  Pour the egg in and tilt the pan so the egg evenly coats the bottom of the pan
  7. Fry on medium heat until set and golden (not brown). Flip once. Take off heat and allow to cool.
  8. Roll the egg and slice thin to create strips. Set aside.
  9. Fry the shrimp in oil until crispy, about 30 seconds on medium-high. Strain and set aside.
  10. Slice the chilies & shallots thin. Peel the mango’s skin and chop with a knife to make thin strips
  11. Add a little oil (about a teaspoon) into your pan and turn the heat up to medium-high. When the pan is hot, add the rice, shrimp paste and fish sauce. Stir well to mix.
  12. Cook until the rice is warmed up and mixed well
  13. Garnish with cilantro.
  14. When you eat it, mix it all together and squeeze the fresh lime juice on top\
Sweet chicken vs. the fried chicken of the nasi lemak, the fried shrimp vs. the fried ikan bilis, the chili padi and lime vs. the sambal.  I have to say I do like this variant of cooking fried rice, this is a dish which I think I will be making more of in the future!
Bon Appétit – Sidney

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