Coconut Milk Rice (Nasi Lemak)
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6 to 8
2 cups long grain rice, washed and drained
Combine all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer, cover the pot, and cook until the rice is done and fluffy, about 35 to 40 minutes. Remove the cloves and screwpine leaves before serving.
Here is the most popular rice dish on the west coast of Malaysia. It is served in coffee shops and roadside stands, wrapped in banana leaf and garnished with a sambal, peanuts, egg, and cucumber slices. It is a perfect side dish with any of the curries in this series, as shown above. Thin the coconut milk with an equal amount of water for a less pronounced coconut flavor in the rice.