Nasi Dagang Trengganu

Posted: 25 October, 2009 in Babbles & Rants


I know … It’s usually for breakfast, but I forgot to take the Bonito Fish (Ikan Tongkol) out of the freezer. The fish got fully thawed at close to 10:00am. It’s not possible to cook for breakfast. In my books breakfast is a meal served before 9:00am. Even McDonalds stop serving breakfast menu at 11:00am.

I finished cooking about half past eleven, just in time for my wife to have a quick brunch before she leaves for an afternoon appointment. The expression I got from here was priceless … Not just the lovely smile but I can ‘feel’ she likes it a lot.

Personally, for me, the feeling of satisfaction is beyond words.

Here’s the recipe.

The Rice (Nasi Dagang)

  • – 1 cup gluteneous rice / sticky rice
  • – 2 cups long grain rice.

Mix, rinse and soak the rice for about 3-4 hours.

  • – 5 shallots finely sliced
  • – 5 pips garlic, finely sliced
  • – 1 inch ginger, julienned
  • – 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds

Add the above to the presoaked rice and steam the rice (in a couscous steamer preferably) until tender, but not fully cooked.

  • – 1 litre of thick coconut milk
  • – salt to taste

Add salt to the coconut milk and add to the steamed rice a little at a time mixing the coconut milk into the rice. Put back on the stove and steam for a few more minutes until the rice is cooked, tender and flaky.

The Curry (Gulai Ikan Tongkol).

  • – 5 shallots
  • – 3 pips garlic
  • – 1 inch garlic
  • – 1 inch galangal
  • – 1 inch fresh tumeric (1 tsp tumeric powder)
  • – 2 red chili.
  • – 2 tablespoon grated coconut.
  • – 2 tablespoon curry powder
  • – 1 litre coconut milk.

In a food processor, blend the above into a paste. Cook the paste with a cup of water to a boil for 2-3 minutes. Put in the coconut milk.

  • – 600 grams Bonito Fish (ikan tongkol) chunks.
  • – 10 bird eye chilli (optional)
  • – 1 cucumber cut into half inch chunks
  • – 6 Belimbing (can substitute with small green tomatoes).

Add in the fish and leave to simmer until the fish is cooked. Lastly add the chilli, cucumber and belimbing and continue to simmer for a couple more minutes untul the vegetables are cooked.

Serve the Nasi Dagang with the Gulai Ikan Tongkol.

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