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Malaysian Coconut Milk Rice (Nasi Lemak)

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“This is a Malaysian breakfast dish, according to Mark Bittman in "The Best Recipes in the World." See note below in recipe for suggested accompaniments.”

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  1. In medium saucepan, combine everything (but not accompaniments). Add enough water to cover with liquid--about 1/4 cup. Bring to a boil over med-high heat. Turn heat to low and cover. Cook for 15 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Serve or keep warm over very, very low heat for up to 15 minutes.
  2. To serve, pile rice in center of plate. Flank iedges with hard-cooked, boiled eggs, sliced cucumber, fried peanuts, sambal oelek (available in most Asian stores).
  3. FRIED PEANUTS: Put at least 1 inch of oil in deep saucepan. Over med-high heat, heat to 300 degrees. Don't overheat it. Add raw, shelled, skin-on peanuts. Cook, stirring occasionally, until they are a rich golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and spinkle with salt. (The strained, left-over oil is great for using in stir-fries.).

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