Recipe: Oil with Rice

Text and Images by Sheere Ng @ Makansutra

Singaporean Chinese who were born before or just after independence would have fond memories of this – plain rice flavoured with lard oil and dark soy sauce. It was comfort food during those lean years. Then, most people were doing manual labour jobs to eke out a living. These were simpleton food cultures and culinary pleasures many Chinese folks inherited from their forebears back in the mainland. It also gave them the requisite fat which they converted to energy while performing elbow grease labour. Despite the squeamish concept (by today’s books), they actually meld perfectly and make a flavourful and heart-contending meal. Of course, health issues weren’t in their consideration at all then, when the side effects of affluence was an alien thought.

Another animal fat/oil-with-rice item that was common in Singapore then and even now, is Nasi Minyak, or Ghee Fried Rice. But unlike the Chinese who saw their version as subsistence, the Muslims devoured Nasi Minyak usually at special occasions like as weddings and festivals. This was because, according Mr Mohamed Hussin, a 53-years-old Malay food hawker, ghee was a luxury item, and so were the meat curries usually eaten with it…

Pork Lard and Soy Sauce with Rice

Recipe: Oil with RiceSimple goodness of plain rice with soy sauce and lard.

Ingredients: Steamed rice for 1 person (about 200g) 200g Pork fat 1 tbsp of dark soy sauce 1 tbsp of light soy sauce (optional)

Method: Cut the pork fat into 2cm cubes. Stir-fry the pork fat in a dry pan over low-medium heat. Oil will seep out within seconds and the lard will gradually shrivel. Turn down the heat if there’s too much smoke. It means that the pan is too hot.

Recipe: Oil with RiceCut the fat into bigger cubes, as they will shrink after frying.

Once the lard turns golden brown, about 10-12 minutes later, turn off the fire. Let it cool for 5 mins.

Recipe: Oil with RiceThe crispy lard is ubiquitous in street food like bak chor mee, while the oil is an important ingredient in the …

Drizzle 2 to 3 tbsp of the oil over the rice. Drizzle dark soy sauce, and also light soy sauce if you like it a little bit savoury. Lastly, sprinkle some of the crispy lard. You may also want to top it up with a fried egg. Mix well and the rice is ready to serve.

Nasi Minyak

Recipe: Oil with RiceTop with fried shallots for added texture and fragrance.

Ingredients: 1 cup of rice 1 ½ cups of water ½ tbsp of ghee 3 stalks of pandan leave, tied into a bundle 2 shallots, sliced 2tbsp of oil

Method: Brown the sliced shallots over low-medium heat with 2 tbsp of oil. Keep stirring to prevent them from burning. Once they start turning to a golden brown, turn off the fire. Be careful not to burn them as it will be bitter. Scoop up the fried shallots and set aside. Turn on the fire again to medium heat. Into the same pan, add the ghee to the residue oil. Immediately add the rice and pandan leaves and stir-fry for about 2 minutes.

Recipe: Oil with RiceFry rice with ghee.

Add water, cover the pan and let the rice cook over low medium heat, for about 4-5 minutes.

Recipe: Oil with RiceAdd pandan leave for its sweet aroma.

When the water is about to evaporate, remove the lid and gently stir the rice until it is completely dry. Turn off the fire and allow the rice to cool and breathe for a couple of minutes. Plate the rice and sprinkle the fried shallots over.

Follow @YahooMalaysia on LINE for daily entertainment updates.

Loading...
  • Kanak-kanak montel, comel atau berpenyakit?
    Azwa Iela - Tupai
    Kanak-kanak montel, comel atau berpenyakit? 7 hours ago
    Kanak-kanak montel, comel atau berpenyakit?

    Tampak comel namun hakikatnya bayi yang montel berisiko menghidapi penyakit obesiti. …

  • "Wireless key finder", penyelamat anda
    Azwa Iela - Tupai
    "Wireless key finder", penyelamat anda Wed, Apr 23, 2014 4:47 PM MYT
    "Wireless key finder", penyelamat anda

    Adakah anda merupakan seorang yang pelupa dan selalu kehilangan kunci akibat terlupa di mana anda meletakknya? …

  • Gaya Muslimah berjiwa moden
    Azwa Iela - Tupai
    Gaya Muslimah berjiwa moden Tue, Apr 22, 2014 5:31 PM MYT
    Gaya Muslimah berjiwa moden

    Wanita yang berlitup kini tampil dengan pelbagai fesyen terkini dan gaya yang lebih moden disamping mengekalkan ciri-ciri Muslimah. …

  • Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods
    LISA RATHKE and DAVE GRAM - Associated Press
    Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods 14 minutes ago
    Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods, underscoring a division between powerful lobbyists for the U.S. food industry and an American public that overwhelmingly says it approves of the idea. …

  • Five tips to protect your eyes
    Yahoo Newsroom
    Five tips to protect your eyes Mon, Apr 21, 2014 12:50 PM MYT
    Five tips to protect your eyes

    Just like every other part of your body, your eyes need to be protected too. …

Comments on Yahoo pages are subject to our link to Comments Guidelines. You are responsible for any content that you post. Yahoo is not responsible or liable in any way for comments posted by its users. Yahoo does not in any way endorse or support comments made by its users.