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Monday, March 9, 2009

Bunny eats Nasi Lemak at USJ2

Hunny brought Bunny to eat Nasi Lemak at USJ2 last night. It was a nice and breezy night and we sat outside. So refreshing.

I had a Nasi Lemak with a Rendang like sauce Chicken. I could taste the Galangal in it. What is Galangal? As per wiki,

The Galangal plant (Galanga, Blue Ginger) is a rhizome with culinary and medicinal uses (Thai: ข่า ("Ka") , Malay: lengkuas (Alpinia galangal), Traditional Mandarin: 南薑, Simplified Mandarin: 南姜, T:高良薑/S:高良姜, Cantonese: lam keong, 藍薑, Vietnamese: Riềng). It used in various oriental cuisines (for example in Thai cuisine Tom Yum soups and Dtom Kha Gai, and throughout Indonesian cuisine, for example, in Nasi Goreng). Though it resembles the ginger that it is related to, there is little similarity in taste.

In its raw form, galangal has a citrus, earthy aroma, with hints of pine and soap in the flavor. It is available as a whole root, or cut or powdered. The whole fresh root is very hard, and slicing it requires a sharp knife. A mixture of galangal and lime juice is used as a tonic in parts of Southeast Asia. It is said to have the effect of an aphrodisiac, and act as a stimulant. In the Indonesian language, greater galangal is called lengkuas or laos and lesser galangal is called kencur. It is also known as galanggal, and somewhat confusingly galingale, which is also the name for several plants of the unrelated Cyperus genus of sedges (also with aromatic rhizomes).

Now, back to my plate. The chicken was wonderfully tender and the spices infused in it. I could taste the santan (coconut milk) in the slightly salty tasting rice, the ikan bilis (anchovies) were just right and salty to be enjoyed with the rice but I didn't quite enjoy the sambal (chilli paste cooked with onions and more ikan bilis) as it was too sweet for my liking.

Hunny had the Nasi Lemak Masak Merah. He didn't quite enjoy his chicken as the sauce was rather sweet.

We both had the Sirap Limau Ais (Iced Rose Syrup with Lime juice) which was very refreshing and came in tall mugs. I think the bill total was about RM16.00.

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At March 11, 2009 at 12:23 PM , Anonymous felicia said...

really miss those food.

i use galangal to cook tom yum.


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