Nasi Lemak is a Malay word which means "rice in cream". This dish obtained its' name from the cooking method whereby the rice is soaked in coconut milk and steamed with knotted screwpine (also known as "pandan") leaves to bring out the wonderful fragrance.
Nasi Lemak is a common dish which can be found in Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Riau Island and Southern Thailand.
It usually comes along with slices of cucumber, fried archovies (known as 'ikan bilis' locally), roasted peanuts, hard boiled egg or fried egg, spicy sauce (known as 'sambal') and sometimes with a side dish such as fried chicken or fried fish.
Nasi lemak can be eaten anytime of the day but most people have it duringbreakfast, It is a heavy breakfast for small eaters. Some restaurants serve it on plate while others such as hawkers or road side stalls, packed them in banana leaf for convenience and add further fragrance to this delicacy.