I was hungry. I was too lazy to get take-outs. I was too lazy to do some grocery shopping. So I sloppily went into the kitchen and rummaged the refrigerator for food. Shucks. I have to cook. I am not much of cook.
(v). The act of preparing food and to throw and mix it in a pot, on to a stove with a dash of seasonings for flavour.
Cite: Snippets of Triviality’s Dictionary of the Slops and Lazy, 2016
With the little ingredients I have, I have decided to cook Nasi Lemak and Egg Sambal. This Nasi Lemak and Egg sambal is way different than your mama’s secret recipe. And YES, probably your mama’s recipe taste better than mine. This recipe is specially for lazy and hungry people like me. I want it quick, edible and filling.
Nasi Lemak is a Malay cuisine when rice are cooked with coconut milk and pandan leaves instead of plain water. The coconut milk give a richness taste while the pandan leaves makes it fragrant. Lemak means fatty or the richness in fats in Malay. Nasi Lemak is usually accompanied by cucumber, Sambal, fried anchovies and peanuts, fish or chicken and an omelette egg.
Nasi Lemak and Egg Sambal
Serves 2 – 3 people
1 1/2 cup rice (I used Basmati)
100ml coconut milk
1 cm ginger (skin peeled)
3 tablespoon of cooking or canola oil
1 red onion (chopped)
3 cloves of garlic (chopped)
3 tablespoon of dried chilli paste
1 tablespoon of tamarind paste
6 hard boiled eggs
Sugar and Salt to taste
- Rinse rice as usual. According to the marker on the rice pot, add the coconut milk and water. Mix well before throwing in the pandan leaves and ginger. Cook in the rice cooker as per normal. (Do check it after 10 minutes to see if may need more water or stirring
- Heat the oil in a wok or pot. Sauté the onion and garlic till fragrant. Then add in the chilli paste. Let it sit for a minute or two for the oil to come out from the chilli.
- Add in the tamarind paste, water and sugar and salt to taste. Lastly add in the hard boiled eggs and let it simmer until the sambal is of a consistency you prefer.
I could not find any cucumbers or any vegetables as a matter of fact, that would go along with my Nasi Lemak and Sambal Egg. I did, however, found some golden flax seeds which I threw a tablespoon of it into my Sambal Egg. I am not sure if that makes up for the lacking nutrients in my meal but it definitely makes me feel better. =)
I secretly wished for a bowl of salad to go along with it but I am definitely grateful for what I have, now. You should never be too fussy with your food because to have something to eat is a blessing itself. I thought to myself, “Decent flavours and minimal indeed”, thanked God for the food and chomped away. Took me no more than an hour for these.