Friday 20 April 2018

Rainbow Nasi Lemak (AIA Vitality Healthy Cookout Showdown Winning Dish)

Rainbow Nasi Lemak
What we need...

A. Coconut Rice
B. Sliced Cucumber
C. Air Fried Chicken Thigh
D. Sambal
E. Sambal Kangkung 
F. Fried Beaten Egg
G. Air Fried Peanuts and Anchovies

A. "The Coconut Rice Ingredients"
15-18 dried blue pea flowers
3 tbsp hot water
2 cups jasmine rice
200ml organic light coconut milk
3 pandan leaves (tie a knot)
3 sliced galangal
3 lemongrass (cut into 2 sections each)
2 shallot (lightly smashed)
4 Indonesian bay leaves (optional)
3/4 tbsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar

1. Soak the dried blue pea flowers with hot water for 1-2 hours. The water should turn out bluish purple. Drain the water and set aside. 
2. In a small saucepan, bring the coconut milk to boil. Add salt and sugar to taste. Let it cool down before cooking the rice.
3. Cook the rice in the rice cooker with the cooked coconut milk and coloured water, you may want to top up some water till the water level is about 5mm above the rice.
4. Put the rest of the ingredients on the rice and drizzle 1/2 tbsp of organic light coconut oil 

B. Slice the cucumber in round shaped and set aside. 

C. The Fried Chicken Ingredients
4 chicken thigh meat

The Chicken Seasonings
5 shallot + 5 garlic (to be pounded)
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder
2 tsp salt
2 tbsp corn or tapioca starch

1. Marinate the chicken thigh meat with all the seasonings for at least 4 hours.
2. Pre-heat the Air Fryer to 180 degrees.
3. Place the 4 chicken thighs into the bottom of the AirFryer cooking compartment. Cook for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked. Remove.

D. The Sambal Chilli Ingredients (to be blended)
15 dried chillies (soaked and cut into small pieces)
4 red chillies (cut into small pieces)
6 bird eye chillies 
8 shallots
6 garlic
1 thumbsize belacan 

100-150g palm sugar (gula melaka)
1 tbsp salt or to taste 
Add on 1 sliced onion


1. Blend all the sambal chilli ingredients together except the sliced onion.
2. In a pan/wok, heat 1/4 cup of organic coconut oil (we need more oil as the chilli paste will absorb a lot of oil). 
3. Use low medium fire ans stir fry the sambal chilli till its thicken a little or till the colour change to dark red. Stir it constantly.
4. Add gula melaka and salt to taste.
5. Lastly add sliced onion and mix it for a couple of minutes.

E. The Sambal Kangkung

A bunch of kangkung, wash and cut into 3 sections
1/4 cup chilli sambal "C"

1. Heat 1 tbsp of organic coconut oil and stir fry the kangkung with the chilli sambal. Dish up.

F. The Fried Beaten Egg Ingredients
4 eggs

1. Heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil in a pan and use a round egg mould ring to cook the egg till the below is slightly brown
(Fry the egg one by one)

G. Use Air-fryer to roast the 1/2 Peanuts and 1/2 Anchovies till it browns or cooked.

To assemble The Stack of Rainbow Nasi Lemak 
Use a round cookie cutter to create the stack. 
First, compress the coconut rice on the most bottom. Second, a layer of sliced cucumber. Third, sambal kangkung. Fourth, the fried beaten egg. Fifth, the air fried chicken follow by a layer of sambal chillies. Last but not least, the roasted anchovies and peanuts.
Serve immediately and enjoy!

White Wine Creamy Tomato Soup Pasta with Seared Butter Prawns

1/2 packet *San Remo elbows pasta
Small bunch of parsley
3 thyme sprigs 
1/2 cup frozen vegetables (peas and carrot)
1/2 onion, chopped
2 tbsp minced garlic
10 prawns, remove head and shell but tail on
Some parsley flakes for garnishing

Prawns Seasonings
Black pepper
Garlic powder

White Wine Creamy Tomato Soup Seasonings
2 tbsp *San Remo sun dried tomato and garlic paste
500ml chicken stock (homemade or store bought)
150ml cooking cream
2 tbsp white wine
1.5 salt (to taste)
1 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp black pepper
25g butter
2 tsp olive oil


1. Boil water in a pot, cook *San Remo elbows pasta according to packet instructions.
2. Marinate the prawns with salt and black pepper. In a pot, cook the prawns with butter and olive oil, sprinkle some garlic powder. Set aside.
3. In the same pot, saute onion till transparent, add garlic and fry till fragrant. 
4. Add parsley and thyme and cook for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.
5. Pour in the chicken stock and bring it to boil. Add the *San Remo sun dried tomato and garlic paste, cooking cream and white wine. Stir well and bring it to simmer. Add frozen vegetables and season the soup with salt, brown sugar and black pepper. Taste and adjust the seasonings to your preferences.
6. Once the soup is ready, combine the elbow pasta in the soup. Serve with seared butter prawns and sprinkle with parsley flakes.

Optional: You may want to lightly torch the prawns for a few seconds to get the charred effect.