Recipe of the week: Chicken rendang & nasi lemak
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Recipe of the week: Chicken rendang & nasi lemak

Anis Nabilah is Malaysia’s youngest celebrity chef and media personality with seven popular TV shows. She is best known as the host of television cooking shows such as ‘Icip-Icip’, ‘Sesedap Rasa’, ‘Enak Tradisi’ and ‘Rasa-Rasa’. She gives Asian Correspondent a taste of her skills with these two mouth-watering recipes!

Chicken Rendang


6 pieces chicken drumstick

7 pieces shallots (blended)

1 red onion (blended)

6 cloves of garlic (blended)

2cm ginger (blended)

3 stalks of lemon grass (blended)

3cm galangal (blended)

2cm fresh turmeric (blended)

5 pieces of bird’s eye chilli (blended)

4 tablespoon dried chilli paste

2 tablespoon grated, toasted coconut paste (kerisik)

1 cup fresh coconut milk

3 pieces of fresh turmeric leaves

2 tablespoon Palm sugar

salt to taste

Cooking oil


Chicken Rendang

Cooking methods

Heat a little bit of oil in a wok then sauté dried chilli paste. Sauté till fragrant or till you see the oil rises on the surface.

Add in all the blended ingredients, coconut milk, and palm sugar. When its boiling add kerisik, turmeric leaves and salt. Stir constantly till you get a thick gravy. Serve with rice.

* You can make your own kerisik by browning grated coconut. Do not use oil. Once its brown, blend it till it produces oil.


Pic: Anis Nabilah

Nasi Lemak (Rice cooked in coconut milk)


2 cups of rice

1 cup of coconut milk

1 ½ cup of water

2 pieces of shallots (sliced)

2 cm of ginger (bruised)

2 stalk of lemon grass (bruised)

1 piece of pandan leaf

1 teaspoon of fenugreek

sugar and salt to taste

Cooking methods

Add all the ingredients in a pot and cook using slow heat. You may also use the rice cooker as an alternative. Serve Nasi Lemak with Hard-boiled eggs, fried anchovies and groundnuts, sliced cucumber and Rendang.

Read a full interview with Anis and find out more about her story here