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Monday, October 1, 2012

Traders Rice ~ Nasi Dagang Terengganu - MFF Terengganu #1

Blessed with the best beaches in Malaysia that I have ever seen. (sorry I've never been to Sabah yet)
Beautiful islands with white sandy beaches surrounded by crystal clear blue waters that one can see the corals right from the boat. It seems shallow because you can see them, but once you jump it, you might be shocked. LOL.

I have been to Terengganu 5 times before. I love this state. Been to most of the popular spots like Kenyir Lake, Lang Tengah Island , Redang Island, walked around KT town, been to the museum twice and Pasar Payang on every trip :)  , 1st 2000-Kuala Terengganu with Uni coursemates, 2nd trip 2001-Redang, 3rd 2002-Lang Tengah, 4th 2003-Kemaman, Kenyir and 5th 2006, East Coast Road Trip

During my 1st trip, my friend a local Terengganu girl, Saik Yann brought us to eat nasi dagang. I have never eaten that before and it was love at first bite for me. The sourish tuna 'curry' and pickled vege was soooo delish! But the star if the meal for me is the rice itself. The rice, perfumed with fenugreek had this weird unfamiliar texture. It's bouncy and chewy. Almost like eating bario rice. It's delicious! The next time I saw nasi dagang in KL, I bought one pack, but to my dismay, it's not what I was looking for. The one I bought is nasi dagang Kelantan which is more curry like and the red specked rice has no bounce. From then I knew, I only love Terengganu's version. I'm loyal, faithful to the one who stole my heart.

On my 5th trip, this time, my hubby and I stopped by Kuala Terengganu for 2 nights on our 8 day East Coast roadtrip. I just had to eat nasi dagang this time, no negotiations! I called my friend and asked her where was the place... and it was at Pantai Batu Buruk and the stall's name is Nasi Dagang Kak Pah. I was lucky that they were almost going to call it a day. Lovely, simply lovely. But my hubby wasn't very appreciative. He still prefers Kelantanese food.

For today's nasi dagang... I tried to do it the traditional way, that is, by steaming. If it's not because of this event, I would've dumped the rice into the microwave, LOL! I just had to try cooking this using the traditional method. The result was... frankly, not like what I've eaten.

Although there's minimal water in this recipe (the 50ml is not intended for cooking the rice, but diluting the coconut milk only), my outcome is a bit too soft. It should be chewy and bouncy. I blame it on myself that I washed the rice too long at step 4.

So, here's one recipe that I tried, although not 100% satisfied but I'm glad I did try doing it the hard way, LOL.

this is the colander I used to steam the rice

Nasi Dagang Terengganu
Source: Nor Zalina's Pondering

400gm fragrant rice (jasmine rice)
100gm glutinous rice
5 shallots, thinly sliced
1 heaped Tbsp thinly julienned ginger
1 Tbsp fenugreek
200ml coconut milk (undiluted)
50ml drinking water (I think can omit)
1tsp salt
½ tsp sugar

1. Wash and soak both rice together for 5 hours.
2. Drain rice and place into a colander (you can line the colander with cloth, but I just used it as it is)
3. Steam the rice for 15 minutes and transfer to a big bowl.
4. Wash the rice with clean tap water and drain. Pour the rice back into the colander.
5. Steam for another 10 minutes.
6. Place fenugreek, shallots, ginger, coconut milk, salt and sugar into the big bowl.
7. Pour the hot rice back into the big bowl and toss to combine. Try not to break the rice granules.
8. Steam the rice again for 10 minutes.
9. Let the rice rest for 30 minutes before serving.
10. Serve nasi dagang with tuna curry and pickled vegetables.

*Pickled Vegetables: Refer here. Cut vege into matchsticks instead of ribbons. Change calamansi juice to rice vinegar, and omit the peanuts.

*Tuna Curry~Gulai Ikan Tongkol Terengganu : Refer here (coming this Wednesday)

My microwave oven suggestion
Wash rice and soak for 5 hours, then microwave on high for 5 minutes (lid on). Leave to sit for 5 minutes. Mix in 1/2 cup water(extra) and fenugreek and zap again for another 5 minutes. Mix in everything else (don't omit the 50ml water) and zap for 2 mins. Leave rice for 30 minutes before removing the lid and serve.

I am submitting this to Malaysian Food Fest, Terengganu Month hosted by Lena of Frozen Wings


  1. Yuhuuu....yeayyyy me first! Love ur version of nasi dagang aka terenganu version aka my all time fav. Dis dishes not reminds me bout sandy beach...but dis will brings me to the memory of one lady wake up at 3am masak 10gantang u know gantang or not? 2 kuali of gulai almost everyday tofulfill an orders. That lady were l mymom. :( Maigad i cant resist to eat dis eventho my stomach full oredi.. Did u buy the rempah kuah nasi dagang at pasar payang?

  2. Tantalizing tastebuds !

  3. waa waa...nasi dagang my feveret also...tapi tak pernah buat...bila nak makan kenen kakak ipar buatkan...

  4. Chah,
    I know gantang as my grandaunt buys her rice with this term.
    Wow, makcik's nasi dagang must be really sedap!
    I last went sooo long ago, tak beli la. Tapi takpe, boleh DIY, tengok la nanti on WEdnesday :)

    Yaya Azura,
    Suka kan, saya juga :)

    Too Mai Lin,
    It's very addictive, seriously. If only there's one stall nearby, I don't know how often I'll be eating this

  5. Looks beautiful, I love the fish dish, that would go first! :)

  6. wow! marvelous nasi dagang... rajinnya wendy

  7. Wendy, your nasi dagang looks really good lah! Myself orang Terengganu dono how to cook this ***shame*** I love the rice but somehow I don't like ikan tongkol. When I eat nasi dagang, I only put the kuah.

  8. hi wendy, semestinya nasi dagang trg is the best hehe.. kuah tu nampak banyak cili mesin dan kurang rempah.. ada guna rempah kuah nasi dagang tak? boleh juga guna rempah cap bunga ros utk buat kuah nasi dagang yg lebih sedap :)

    seronok tengok yr post of nasi dagang ni :)

  9. Hi Wendy, I've been waiting to see this recipe since I posted my version of Nasi Dagang. Thanks will try yours that uses 2 types of rice.

  10. i'm learning here..especially the way how the rice is cooked. arent you going to submit this to mff?

  11. Thought nasi dagang have to use special beras..Love your cucumber salad, look really apppetizing ..Where did you buy that colander? I am looking to get one for steaming nasi lemak. Thanks.

  12. Marina,
    Hehehe... fish coming out on Wednesday :)

    Kalo kat sini takda, kenalah rajin skit barulah ada makan, kesian...

    Phong Hong,
    Very kasar la the meat :p

    K. Nor,
    I pakai rempah campur sendiri untuk kesenangan orang bukan Terengganu. Cili saya memang merah, masak apa oun nampak merah dan pedassssssssssssss

    you can use just pure Sunwhite :)

    yes yes, this morning haven't see ur link yet, hehehe

    The special beras is Kelantan's version, of which is specked with red. The texture is also different, this is more toing toing

  13. Thank you so much! I have been craving this for a long time. There's a restaurant called Village Park in Uptown PJ (near BHP) that sells this. Go before 12:30pm. They do all the yummy lauks and great nasi lemak too!

  14. your photo make me craving for it now.

  15. I see, could you tell me where did you buy that colander.

  16. Sonia,
    I bought it from Mr DIY.
    U can use a tight bamboo basket, or I've seen my canteen pakcik use those green net (for windows) to line his steaming rack.
    Of you can use a cloth if u have.
    Anything that allows steam penetration from below and to ease you taking them in and out and prevent the rice from falling into the steaming water can use oredi

  17. Me not a rice eating person, so not very motivated to cook haha! Moreover, kitchen sink leaking so no cooking until it's fixed:P

  18. Thanks, will go Mr DIY to check out. My favourite nasi lemak stall at my place, the makcik also told me she use the green net to steam rice, after i heard this, i have cut down the frequency to buy from her, sound not so healthy lor..

  19. Oh this is the Terengganu Nasi Dagang. The Perak nasi dagang has a bluish tinge on them :p I used to buy them from the Perak Stadium Stall...nice and thanks for sharing the Terengganu version :)

  20. thank u for this recipe wendy:I tried this last night...tasted very good with all the ingredients i could the fragrant..we eaten few bowls...


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