Lately, I've been craving Malaysian food. Malaysian's national dish, Nasi Lemak, to be specific.

There is something about this dish that made me fall in love with it. I really can't tell what, but just the aroma of the steaming hot rice cooked in coconut milk, plus the exciting flavors of the fried fish mixed with a hot and spicy sauce triggered my appetite until I could take no longer. This occurred to me when I had lunch with my daughter at the Banana Island restaurant, a Malaysian restaurant in Daly City, California, last Tuesday. They also have Singaporean and Thai dishes in their menu.

Nasi Lemak is a legendary dish. Traditionally, it is served on a banana leaf, with the newly cooked rice in coconut milk, served with slices of crunchy refreshing cucumber, topped with fried small anchovy fish cooked with hot and spicy sauce called 'Sambal Ikan Bilis'. It is also served with sliced boiled egg and sometimes with green beans and ground roasted peanuts.

My friend Kristy, from My Little Space, posted the recipe on her blog. Her version was done with style. She added boneless chicken legs marinated in different special sauces overnight and then fried in just enough oil on medium-low heat until golden brown. What a masterpiece!


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