Nasi lemak

Nasi lemak, a spicy coconut rice, is the national dish of Malaysia, where it is eaten for breakfast. If that is a little too adventurous, it makes a great weekend dinner for friends.


  • 400ml tin coconut milk
  • thumb-sized piece fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 lemongrass stalk
  • 350g/12oz basmati rice
  • salt
  • 1 piece pandan leaf, tied in a knot, to serve

For the sambal

For the garnish

  • 1 free-range egg
  • vegetable oil for deep frying
  • handful small dried white anchovies
  • handful peanuts, skin-on if possible
  • ½ cucumber, thinly sliced