“Sue Lynn, mari ‘jap!”
“Nak bg you try nasi ni”.
It used to be breakfast for royalty in Terengganu. This small, unassuming packet of rice packed a wallop. The fluffy rice grains, yellowed from tumeric and fragrant from spices (I picked out lemongrass and star anise), were just lightly flavoured. Not as cloying as a rich nasi lemak so it makes a good breakfast, or brunch.
The small piece of fish is called ikan ayer tawar. It’s supposedly similar to ikan tongkol but of better grade. The sweet-spicy gravy is meant to be this diluted – apparently, that’s how they eat it in Terengganu. And the cili giling (pounded chili) can be nuclear for the butter tongues.
Thank you Izami. For breakfast and introducing me to Nasi Kebuli.
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