Google Doodle celebrates the Malaysian dish Nasi lemak

Google Doodle celebrates the Malaysian dish Nasi lemak

Nasi lemak, a popular Malaysian delicacy, is being celebrated with a Google Doodle today.

The flavoursome and spicy concoction is considered to be the country’s national meal and is often eaten for breakfast by most Malaysians.

Translating to mean “rich rice”, the dish’s main component consists of rice cooked in coconut milk, along with panda leaf and galangal root flavouring.

A number of ingredients can then be added to the mixture.

The most popular of which are usually crispy peanuts, anchovies, sliced cucumber and hard-boiled eggs.

Topped with samba hot sauce or tamarind juice, the rich rice is often served with fried chicken or beef rendang on the side.

It’s then served in a banana leaf – or "bungkus" – to keep it warm.

Nasi lemak is regarded as being hugely significant to the culture of the south-east Asian country.

It’s thought to have been invented on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, intended the be a filling breakfast for farmers and labourers.

But sold at roadside stalls and markets, the meal is so fervently popular it’s regularly eaten for lunch and dinner as well.


A famous legend says the recipe was discovered by accident when Seri, the daughter of a widow called Mak Kuntum, accidentally spilled coconut milk into a pot of rice she was cooking.

“What did you cook?,” Mak allegedly asked.

“Nasi le, Mak!,” (Rice, other!) responded Seri.

Many variations of Nasi lemak have been developed over the years.

It’s now garnered a cult appeal across India and China as well.

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