Nasi Lemak Recipe – kampong style wrapping

6 Sep

Have you ever tried nasi lemak wrapped the old fashioned way, with newspaper and banana leaf.  This so called kampong-style way of packing will ensure that the rice stays more fragrant.  I am sure Malaysians and Singaporeans have seen or missed this nostalgic versions/memories.  This simple nasi lemak is accompanied by ikan bilis (anchovies) and curried tamarind gravy.   Brings back the memories, right?   Here’s the easy recipe to share:

Nasi Lemak Recipe after the jump

Anchovies with peanuts
Wash 500g of anchovies and drain for 10 minutes.
Deep fry the washed anchovies till crispy.  Drain on paper towel.
Bake 250 grams of peanuts in the oven till light brown

In a frying pan
Heat up 4 Tablespoon of oil
Add in 1 Tablespoon of chilly powder, stir till red color appears.
Add in 70 ml of lime juice together with 175 g of sugar
When sugar dissolve
Stir in the anchovies and peanut and mix thoroughly

Chili Tamarind Sauce
2 Tablespoon chilly powder
2 onion
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon ground tumeric
1 teaspoon toasted belachan

Ground the above ingredients into a paste and sauté in the pan with ½ cup of oil. When red chilly oil appear, add in 2 cups of water, 20 ml lime juice, ½ cup sugar, ½ Tablespoon of salt, and lastly add 30 ml of tamarind juice. Bring to a boil and turn off the heat.

Coconut Rice
500g of long grain rice(wash and strain)
500g of coconut milk (tin)
½ Table spoon salt
Mix the 3 ingredients together in a rice cooker and cook.

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12 Responses to Nasi Lemak Recipe – kampong style wrapping



September 6th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Love nasi lemak! Definitely brings back memories of mamak stalls when I see it wrapped this way.


penny aka jeroxie

September 7th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Did you get the banana leaf and wrap it? Such a nice touch to an old favourite. Thanks for sharing.



September 7th, 2009 at 5:24 pm

@ Penny, Thank you for comment. Fresh banana leaf was used. Surprisingly, widely available in Australia.


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September 13th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

This another article where you will find more about ‘nasi lemak bungkus’.



October 23rd, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Hi madam Kwong,
Can you tell me how to wrap the Nasi lemak bungkus
We dont had fresh banana leaf in canada .Can i use different leaf?
thank you



October 23rd, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Hi Pauline,

Thank you for your comment. In regards to how to wrap the nasi lemak bungkus, fold the double layered newspaper into 10″ X 5″ and slightly bigger size banana leave (frozen if available) – top of the newspaper. Fill up the rice in a rice bowl and placed in the middle of the banana leave. Add the sauce and the ikan bilis. Fold length wise and meet in the center. Then fold back both the other ends. Hope this method makes sense. If fresh banana leaves are not available, try frozen ones which I use as well (no fresh banana leaves not available in Melbourne).


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August 2nd, 2010 at 10:44 am

Would like to alert you that a nasi lemak supplier by the name of Jean is using photos from your blog to advertise her nasi lemak packets. This is misleading customers because they think you are the supplier. Are you actually in business with Jean? The name of the shop is Best Asian Groceries and is situated in Kingsway Glen Waverley.



August 2nd, 2010 at 10:46 am

These nasi lemak packets are supplied on Saturdays.



August 2nd, 2010 at 11:20 am

Hi Sabrina,

Thanks for alerting us. We do know about the photos and they have our permission to use it :).


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