Nasi Lemak Recipe

Nasi Lemak Recipe

Are you looking for a vegetarian twist on the classic Nasi Lemak recipe? Look no further! Using our award-winning funky vegan sambal for this beloved Malaysian dish, you still get that fermenty funky taste without the shrimp.

What is Nasi Lemak?

Nasi Lemak is a traditional Malaysian dish that consists of fragrant coconut rice served with various accompaniments such as crispy anchovies, roasted peanuts, cucumber slices, and hard-boiled eggs. It is typically topped with a spicy sambal sauce that adds a kick of flavor to the dish. Here we make a vegetarian version. 


  • 200g Jasmine rice
  • 2 Pandan leaves, tied in a knot
  • 150mL coconut milk
  • 1 stick lemongrass, bruised
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cardamom seeds, smashed
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced
  • 50 grams roasted peanuts
  • 4 tbs Funky Vegan sambal, or more to taste
  • Crispy shallots 
  • Coriander, for garnish
  • Optional: Fried tofu, or fried tempeh. We recommend choi kee tofu, or clark fermentation tempeh


  • Rinse rice well. 
  • Add rice, coconut milk, lemongrass, pandan leaf, cinnamon, cardamom and 150mL water to a pot. Bring to the boil. 
  • Stir once, cover, and set on a low heat. Cook for 15 minutes, turn off heat, but leave covered for 10 minutes.
  • Boil water, add eggs and boil for 7 minutes. Strain and run under cold water to cool. 

Once you have prepared all the components of your vegan Nasi Lemak, it's time to assemble the dish. Serve a generous portion of coconut rice on a plate and arrange the accompaniments around it. Scoop the vegan sambal on top of the rice and garnish with fresh cilantro.

With this funky vegan Nasi Lemak recipe, you can enjoy a plant-based version of this classic Malaysian dish without compromising on taste - simply replace the eggs with fried tofu or tempeh. Impress your friends and family with this flavorful and satisfying meal that is sure to become a favourite in your recipe repertoire.

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