Thursday, June 27, 2013

Nasi Ulam Nyonya ( Herbed Rice Nyonya )

My 3rd time making herbed rice. Basically, it is a rice dish mixed with a generous portions of variety of fresh herbs, it is  a healthy and non oily dish at all.  Previously , the ones that i made were more towards the malay version of nasi ulam ( herbed rice ) . Besides the common herbs or leaves like basil, laksa, lemongrass found in both versions,  this nyonya nasi ulam uses cekur leaves, kaduk leaves and kaffir leaves. To me, i dont find a huge significance in the taste comparing the two , both just as good, just as refreshing. Leaves like mint, kaffir, thai basil have a stronger taste and aroma, you can adjust to your preference , just be prepared to allocate some time to do the slicing job. Clean and let the leaves dry before slicing, it will make the job much easier..also do not let the laksa leaves out for too long, i find that these leaves can wilt very fast.

from bottom left clockwise - cekur leaf, kadok leaf, thai basil, lemongrass, torchginger flower, turmeric, mint  and kaffir lime .
toasted coconut
toasted dried shrimps and salted fish
the sliced ingredients

Recipe ( from Nyonya Flavours ) with slight changes
serves 2-3 person
3 chinese bowls cooked rice, cooled
1 small piece salted fish, about 15gm
40gm dried prawns
1tbsp toasted grated coconut
1 thumb sized belacan, crushed and toasted
2cm fresh turmeric, chopped
sugar and salt to taste

Finely sliced ingredients, some with estimated amount
5 shallots
1 lemongrass
1 torchginger flower
2-3 stalks laksa leaves
2-3 stalks basil leaves
2 stalks mint leaves
2 cekur leaves
2 kaduk leaves
1 small turmeric leaf
2 kaffir lime leaf

1. Place cooked rice in a large mixing bowl. Deep fry the salted fish until golden and crisp, cool before shredding finely. Soak the dried prawns in hot water for a few minutes before pounding and toast in a preheated wok until aromatic and lightly browned. Pound the toasted coconut and toasted belacan.
2.Add all the sliced ingredients to the cooled rice in the bowl and stir to mix well. Add salt and sugar to taste. Serve with sambal belacan if desired.

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  1. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.comJune 27, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Hi Lena,
    I am drooling... Will make it a point to try this one day!

  2. Hi Lena,
    You have me drooling over your nasi ulam! I don't even remember when was the last time I had any nasi ulam, must be really, really, long time ago!
    Looks so good!

  3. I never try this before, should try it one day!

  4. Your nasi ulam looks so appetising and very pretty with the bright colours!

  5. This dish is too beautiful to eat. I love nasi ulam and not many Peranakan restaurants here do this dish.

  6. Such colorful and flavourful nasi ulam! Love it!

  7. Lena this look beautiful! Love it!

  8. Must be very aromatic and tasty dish; it looks awesome!

  9. Lena, this dish looks so beautiful!!

  10. all the herbs with the coconut and lemongrass just make my mouth water! It looks amazing and so clean and refreshing

  11. Such a healthy and delicious dish! Love the flavours of the herbs.

  12. This looks very foreign and good to me.

  13. I tried some dish with very finely sliced uncooked kaffir lime leaves before and found that hard to chew. DO you have any tips on that?

    1. hehe..why dont you mince them instead of slicing them? or else dont eat in soup or in curry dishes as we just want the flavour of its leaves :)

  14. yum yum sedapnya Lena :) mewah dengan ulam-ulaman dan meriah dengan kalernya :)Ada warna hijau,pink dan kuning serta putih.Menarik.

  15. Lena , this is such a fantastic rice dish - lots of delicious flavors and texture ! Beautiful presentation as well :)

  16. I love rice dishes. This looks fantastic! What a great mix of ingredients!

  17. Love this dish!!!!! Looks super beautiful and refreshing!!!!

  18. Lena, this is such a wonderful nasi ulam. You make my mouth water only.. :)

  19. Lena, your rice looks like art work! I've never tried nasi ulam but you've got me so intrigued!

  20. Hi Lena, I could certainly devour that large portion of your amazing herbed rice. So colorful, healthy and super delicious! Love the presentation of it as well:) xo

  21. This is totally yum, Lena. I would love some for the breakfast.

  22. Lena, your nasi ulam is so colorful and I bet it is fragrant and delicious too!

  23. I tell you this plate of colourful and must be super fragrant herb rice is so pretty!! But Sg so hard to find fresh good herbs...or maybe I just suck at finding it, hahaha!

  24. Lena,
    Your nasi ulam is like a pretty nyonya.
    Very colorful and I bet it is very good too!