Today I cooked 'kiddos nasi lemak' for dinner. My version of kids nasi lemak is sans salty fried anchovies and peanuts and sans spicy sambal. I replaced the peanuts with baked cashew nuts.
It was my first time trying out this brand of chicken curry paste, by Mak Nyonya.
The result was a HUGE success! My super critical and persnickety hubs polished off the entire plate of chicken!
It was pretty easy to prepare this chicken curry. First I heated up some oil, then put in the curry paste and fried it for a few minutes. Next, dump in the chicken, puffed tofu and potatoes and cooked until aromatic and browned (about 20 minutes). Then add in the coconut milk (santan) and some water and let them simmer for another 20-30 minutes until the chicken meat and potatoes are soft. You can add more water if the sauce is too salty for your liking. I added quite a bit of water as I did not want it to be too salty and spicy.
I separated the chicken curry into two portions. The one in the pyrex bowl was meant to be for tomorrow's dinner. But what do I know? Hubs liked this so much that he walloped the entire bowl of chicken himself and asked for the second bowl of chicken, woohoo! Pat on my own back for dishing out such a perfect curry dish :D Now, I have to think of something else to dish out for dinner tomorrow.
Mak Nyonya curry paste is mild in spiciness. Even the girls ate it without having to dip the chicken in another bowl of hot water to wash away the curry. And they did not have to run to the kitchen to look for ice cubes and water. And nope, I did not feel thirsty after eating this... which means that it is indeed MSG-free! I will definitely stock up more Mak Nyonya curry paste. It comes in a variety of curry pastes for chicken, fish (curry fish and Portugese fish), tomyam, nyonya laksa and vegetables and only cost RM4.90 a packet.
The rice was cooked with fresh coconut milk. The girls love santan rice incredibly and there is not a single time when we had leftover of santan rice. They can eat the santan rice on its own. Though I cooked double the portion of rice today, it was still not enough for everyone! I am so glad that everyone loved my nasi lemak! :)