The almighty nasi lemak holds a special place in the hearts of all Malaysians. Some even call it our national dish.
But eating the same old combination of coconut-flavoured and pandan-scented rice, sambal, fried peanuts and ikan bilis, cucumber, and hard-boiled egg can get pretty boring after a while
So why not try these innovative foodie inventions that turn our beloved national dish into unique concoctions that present those familiar flavours in a new light?
1. Nasi Lemak Gelato
Many are familiar with Cielo Dolci, a famous gelato franchise which opened in Malaysia back in 2011. They are known for their putting a local twist on traditional flavours, resulting in whimsical creations that leave Malaysians clamouring for more.
Their Nasi Lemak flavour consists of gelato made with coconut cream which is topped with peanuts, ikan bilis dust and chili sprinkles.
It’s one of those love it or hate it kind of flavours so go find out which side of the spectrum you fall on!
Check their Facebook page for updates on when and at which outlets this flavour is available to avoid disappointment.
2. Nasi Lemak Tea
Nasi lemak as a drink?! Now that’s really out there! But it indeed exists thanks to the experimentations of Ette Tea, a Singaporean tea company who have made it their mission to “promote & present exquisite tea blends with South East Asian flavours.”
Their Nasi Lemak tea is described as “a fragrant rice blend of houjicha, genmaicha, coconut flakes, dried pandan, dried chilli & flavouring” and is available for order on their website.
Perhaps it’ll make for a good alternative to teh tarik?
3. Nasi Lemak Cupcakes
If drinking nasi lemak isn’t really your cup of tea, perhaps you’d like to whip up a batch of nasi lemak cupcakes instead?
When Deborah Tan of Alpha Bakes reached out to her friends for unusual baking ingredients, they provided her with a jar of anchovy paste and the aforementioned Nasi Lemak tea which resulted in this glorious creation.
Its nasi lemak-inspired components include a Nasi Lemak tea flavoured butter, a sambal flavour core made with chilli and anchovy pastes, plus a peanut flavoured buttercream.
Grab the recipe and get baking!
4. Nasi Lemak Pizza
Forget about pepperoni and Hawaiian style, nasi lemak has morphed itself into a delectable pizza!
Only available at the Tujo Bar-serrie & Grill, the ‘Malaysiana Pizza’ is a thin squid ink or spinach (diner’s choice) infused crust with a sambal sauce base and toppings of crushed peanuts, onion rings and crunchy fried ikan bilis.
Be sure to give it a try the next time you have a hankering for pizza.
Tujo Bar-sserie & Grill
Ascott Kuala Lumpur
No.9, Jalan Pinang
50450 Kuala Lumpur
5. Nasi Lemak Cheesecake
Lepaq Lepaq café has made a name for itself by reimagining popular dishes into fantastical Instagram worthy creations. Their take on reinventing nasi lemak resulted in an ultimate Malaysian dessert creation, nasi lemak cheesecake!
Oreo biscuit base meets a glutinous rice and peanut studded cream cheese layer, paired with a thin sheet of cucumber jelly and garnished with chili flakes and whole fried ikan bilis.
Made fresh daily, it makes a good combo paired with a cup of coffee.
Lot 687, Jalan Ceylon Sekyen 57
50200 Kuala Lumpur
6. Nasi Lemak Sushi
Bored of soft shell crab maki rolls and salmon sashimi? Go for Ruyi & Lyn’s nasi lemak sushi instead!
This one-bite wonder truly captures the essence of nasi lemak with its cucumber wrapped sliver of coconut milk infused rice that comes dressed with ikan bilis, peanuts, sambal and tiny fried eggs.
The platter also comes with sushi inspired by other popular Asian dishes like Hainanese chicken rice and sticky rice with mango.
Ruyi & Lyn
Level 4, Bangsar Shopping Centre
285, Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya
59000 Kuala Lumpur
To those of you still apprehensive about these unique treats: