Portion reduced by half an egg three years later but the killer sambal remains 2 Die 4. Still the best nasi lemak bungkus in London at £3.50.21/02/11
Nasi dengan semur ayam kentang (rice with chicken and potato stew plus a bit of pungent belacan)- £3.50
-----Nasi Lemak, and not satay, is the national dish of Malaysia. Says who? I do, because I’m so full of it and this is my blog (or isn’t it?). Nasi Lemak in Malay is literally Rice Fatty (personally I prefer plummy). To all intents and purposes Lemak (fatty) is the colloquial term for coconut rice. It’s a traditional breakfast dish consisting of the said rice that’s cooked with coconut milk and accompanied by a dollop of sambal (mind-blowing hot spicy condiment), fried peanuts and anchovies, hard boiled egg and some cucumber (to ying the yang of the sambal). Like Dim Sum, Nasi Lemak is no longer served exclusively for breakfasts, it’s now an all day dish and a Malaysian restaurant wouldn’t be one without featuring it. These days, restaurant versions include posh prawns, squid and chicken to enhance the perceived insubstantiality of the original dish.
This one dish meal is sold primarily at stalls all over Malaysia. They can be found at roadsides, stations, shopping malls, isolated villages, beaches and now (well for the past twenty year anyway) the High Commission of Malaysia in Belgravia.
The Nasi Lemak stall is located in the basement of the High Commission where the passport and visa offices are located. Originally there wasn’t a stall to speak of; a man and woman (of some maturity and obviously related) took turns to peddle boxes of Nasi Lemak within the confines of the waiting room to people queueing (actually more milling about) patiently to rectify their passport/visa matters.
Nasi Lemak aside, there are containers of different types of noodle dishes, cakes and savouries; none of them cost more than £3.50 each. If one so wishes the food can be heated up in the microwave and eaten there and then. Seating is limited to three; this is fast food after all!
Beehoon Goreng- Fried rice vermicelli. That red dollop of sambal means business, it's spicy!
The classic and purist Nasi Lemak- no additonal adornments or accompaniments needed.