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Abalone nasi lemak: Yay or nay?

Nasi lemak à la the Palace of Versailles

Nasi lemak is a dish that’s integral in Malaysian cuisine. Using a few simple and affordable ingredients, it has found its way to the table of ordinary folks and national airline carrier Malaysia Airlines (MAS).

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Most Malaysians are usually content with the basic ingredients such as anchovies (ikan bilis), hard boiled eggs, peanuts, and sambal. But what if abalone is added into the mix? Is it considered too much when it comes to adding a unique twist to this famous dish? Some argue that it’s best to leave it as it is, while others say that it doesn’t hurt to try something new.

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Abalone nasi lemak: yay or nay?
Ramai Food Centre’s abalone nasi lemak (Photo from: Ken Kwan FB)

A nasi lemak hawker from the Ramai Food Centre in Puchong came out with the latest rendition of the iconic dish by adding prawns and abalone along with the usual toppings to make it more appealing and special.

Although this seafood combo gives the nasi lemak a luxurious vibe, it is actually priced at RM22.50 per plate (including a fried drumstick). Taking into account the crude price of the prawns and abalone, some may find it to be their money’s worth.

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Abalone nasi lemak: yay or nay?
A price worth paying for? (Source: Ken Kwan FB)

According to one netizen, the food centre and its hawkers are all actively part of a charity movement that offers free food to needy people who may go hungry during this difficult time. He also thinks that such acts of kindness should be supported despite the price.

The price may also be attributed to the sharp decrease in market price of abalones, thus inspiring the hawker to create the dish.

What do you think about the abalone nasi lemak? Will you try it out? Tell us in the comments!

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Sources: FB/Ken Kwan
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