Compressed rice (also known as “Nasi Impit”) is one of the accompaniments of the world-renowned satay or grilled skewered meat. It tastes best when dipped with peanut sauce. The texture of the compressed rice is firm yet not hard. Normally, it is kept in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving for it is best served chilled. It is a definite delight when eaten together with warm peanut sauce. This is yet another fantastic combination of hot and cold flavours.
Besides that, compressed rice can also be served in broth in a dish known as 'soto ayam'. However, if you are a lover of spicy food, have compressed rice with chicken rendang or chicken curry instead. You would definitely find it appealing too.
Compressed Rice for Chicken Satay is also known as: Nasi Impit
Wash rice thoroughly. Cook rice with water along with a knotted pandan leaf at highest heat. Bring to boil. Then, reduce heat to the lowest to let rice simmers for 5 minutes.
Using a fork or a potato masher, mash the rice until grains of rice are no longer obvious.
Fluff rice and allow it to cook for another 10 minutes. If it is still uncooked, add some water and mix well. Allow it to cook for another 5 to 10 minutes. Once rice is cooked, cover the pot and remove from stove.
Shape rice in a square or rectangular pan using cling wrap. Serve chilled (keep in refrigerator) or at room temperature.
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