This recipe will guide you to wrap ‘nasi lemak’ in banana leaf exactly like how it is done locally. Packets of these wrapped nasi lemak without the frills, just the basic accompaniments like 'sambal', fried anchovies, cucumber, peanuts and a slice of hard-boiled/fried egg are sold economically at most of the Muslims and 'Mamak' restaurants However, you may certainly add more accompaniments like fried chicken, chicken rendang or squids. Wrapping it in banana leaf enhances the aroma of the rice.
Where to buy banana leaves?
Fresh or frozen banana leaves can be bought at Asian grocers.
Size of banana leaf and newspaper
Usually, tabloid sized newspapers around 11 x 17 inches are used. The banana leaf should be longer width-wise and slightly shorter length-wise which is about 15 x 13 inches.
Can I not use newspaper?
Yes, of course. However, the banana leaf does not hold the shape well enough to keep the wrapped nasi lemak intact. You may replace newspaper with baking sheet or waxed paper.
Enjoy it together with a cup of 'teh tarik' or your favourite beverage.