Merdeka Open House 2007: “Muhibbah”

Babe_KL organised a virtual celebration of Malaysia’s 50th Independence Day called “Merdeka Open House 2007: Muhibbah” where we need to post an article on our favourite food from a different ethnic; either we cook it or do a review on a particular establishment where the dish is avaialble. I decided to submit my entry on one of my local favourite dish, the Nasi Lemak.

I went back home few weeks back and asked my mom to show me how to prepare the dish. I wanted to go to culinary school but she insisted I
study to be a pharmacy technician. Anyway, Mom has been cooking nasi lemak since we’re still a kid occasionally and it has become our favourite. From what I observed, it’s not difficult to prepare it.

Ingredients:

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Ikan bilis (anchovies) deboned, cleaned and halved.

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Raw peanuts, washed.

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Few pips of garlic, chopped.
Some shallots, chopped.
Cili boh (chilli paste).
Belacan (dried, fermented shrimp paste).

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Asam koh (dried tamarind), soaked in water.

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Eggs.

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Cucumber, cleaned, peeled and sliced.
Rice.
Daun pandan (screwpine leaves).
Coconut milk.

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Firstly, shallow fry the anchovies with medium heat till turned golden brown. Dish out (without the oil) and put aside.

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Then stir fry the garlic and shallots. When the garlic turn slightly brownish and shallots turn translucent, add in chilli paste and belacan. Mix well. Lower the heat and pour in the assam koh juice. Mix again and let it come to a soft boil.

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Throw in the fried anchovies into the sambal mixture and stir lightly to mix. Make sure the anchovies are completely covered in the gravy. The sambal ikan bilis is now ready.

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Next, fry the peanuts till they turn brownish with medium heat. Remember to constantly stir it to avoid burnt.

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To prepare the coconut rice, wash the rice few times with water till the water turns clear. Put into rice cooker. Dilute the coconut milk to a desired thickness and add into the cooker. Throw in a few strands of screwpine leaves (knotted) for extra aroma. Cover and let it cook. When it comes to a boil, stir it with a chopstick or spatula to avoid the base of the rice from burnt.

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Soak the eggs in boiled hot water for about 10 minutes. Then, transfer them to a basin of cold water to cool off and easier to peel.

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Serve the coconut rice with the anchovies sambal, hard boiled egg, sliced cucumber and peanuts. I usually will go for second helping, one whole hard boiled egg for myself, plenty of sambal with the gravy all over the rice and plenty of peanuts. Hohoho…

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23 thoughts on “Merdeka Open House 2007: “Muhibbah”

  1. at first, i thot, wah, this boy can cook..looks delicious.. then i came to the comment part and found out that it’s your mum who cooked it…;p

  2. Jackson: Ok, I need guinea pig as well. 😛

    Babe_KL: No problem. Luckily can make it on time. *pass tissue box to Babe.*

    LotsOfCravings: Yeap, 100% made in Ipoh. But not by me.

    Anonymous: Cheers!!

    Tankiasu: I got help out also! I help to boil the eggs and clean the anchovies.

    Ginger: Haha, thanks for the compliments!

    NKOTB: I cook once a while but this is cooked by mom.

    Tonixe: Thank you thank you. ^^

    SC: Hey, now that I know how to do it, I can cook it. Don’t play play! Heheh…

    Foodielianne: You’re welcome. Happy cooking!

    UnkaLeong: Tastes good as well!.

  3. Nasi lemak tambah lemak satu please. I want warm one ah… then can smell the lemak hehehe ;p And you make ah… U, Jackson and WMW all going back to mommy one

  4. wuah wuah…nasi lemak….:3~~~ reminds me of the nasi lemak near jetty! Havent have it for a long time!! =.=

    haha paiseh…very long din drop comment…T_T no energy to read so many blogs…

    Hm…recipe seems simple…hehe why not ask ur mom to take pic and u cook? ur blog visitors might increase 3 fold…kekeke

  5. WMW: Moms always there when we needed them 🙂

    Precious Pea: Oh ok, will let you know when I’m making it.

    Mei Yen: This is easier. Last time, my mom actually took all the effort to buy and shave the coconuts herself, just to extract the coconut milk!

    Durianberry: Hope that helps!

    Teckiee: Wah, tambah lemak?

    Jian: Long time no see! My mom will tremble when holding the camera, so cannot lor 😛

  6. Pingback: Merdeka Open House 2010: Food From Our Hearts « Ipoh Mali Talak Sombong!

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