Nasi Ulam | Herbal Rice Recipe

6 Jan


Happy New Year, everyone!  Hope you had a wonderful new year!

Here’s a new start to the blog… a Nyonya favorite.

I love Nasi (rice) Ulam especially where I come from – Penang.  Penang Nasi Ulam.   If you live in Melbourne like me and can’t find any of the herbs, I suggest you use any Asian herbs.    I know we can’t find “cekur” leaves in Melbourne.  Last December (yes! just last year),  I spent a few days in Penang with my friends and made some Nasi Ulam.  Oh the memories!  Thank goodness, Suz who tagged along, brought her camera to take these wonderful Herbal Rice.

Recipe under the cut

Nasi Ulam Recipe

600g   cold cooked rice
20g   dried prawns/hae bee (pounded finely)
20g   salted dried fish (pounded finely)
40g   shallots (finely sliced)
10   kaduk/betel leaves
2-3   tumeric leaves
5   cashew/gajus leaves
20-30   cekur leaves (ground hugging leaves of the cekur ginger)
15g   fresh tumeric (sliced thinly)
2 tbsp   roasted coconut/kerisik (pounded)
1/2   tsp pepper
salt to taste
1 tsp belachan powder (optional)

Clean all leaves and slice thinly. Roast the dried salted fish and pound finely. Pound dried prawns finely and slice the shallots.

Add all the ingredients to the cold cooked rice in a large bowl and mix well. Add pepper and salt.

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5 Responses to Nasi Ulam | Herbal Rice Recipe



January 7th, 2011 at 8:21 am

ahhh penang has the best malaysian food! your nasi ulam looks so good! happy new year and here’s to another year of fabulous eats!



January 8th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Woahh….your nasi ulam looks fantastic! Yea as you said I couldn’t get most of the herbs here in MElbourne…=(….but looking at ur photo is enough…ahhaha…



January 19th, 2011 at 1:23 am

Where can i look for cashew/gajus leaves in the Nasi Ulam Recipe? Can i replace with cashew nuts?



January 21st, 2011 at 7:57 am

Hi Nacy, cashew leaveas are only available in the tropical countries. Try using other herbs, like Vietnamese Basil or any other herbs.


Hock Beng

January 29th, 2011 at 12:05 am

Hi Madam Kwong,
This is one of my favourite food, our Penang nasi Ulam. Once started to eat one can not stop eating it. And the aftermate of eating nasi ulam is……. its anti-flatulant effect of getting rid of ‘wind’ in the stomach so effective! That’s a happy problem! Thanks once again for this posting. Take this opportunity to wish you and family “Keong Hee Huat Chye” (Happy Chinese New Year).

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