We’ve had nasi lemak cake, nasi lemak ice-cream… so next would be nasi lemak cookies, naturally.
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It was out of sheer curiosity that we picked up a bag of premix for nasi lemak cookies. Nasi Lemak is a savoury, spicy rice dish, while cookies are sweet and crunchy. How does that even work together?
The premix is by Bake With Yen, one of Malaysia’s most well-known baking supply shops, which offers everything from raw ingredients, pretty containers, edible decor, and now– premixes.
The premix comes in a simple plastic bag. The ingredients required and instructions are simple and clearly stated on the bag, so you can pick up the additional ingredients you need in the same trip.
For the nasi lemak cookies, it required additional butter and peanuts.
Making it is exceedingly simple if you have a standmixer, but it’s also possible to mix by hand with a bit of elbow grease.
The nasi lemak cookie dough will end up quite smooth and easy to handle. Once it’s fully mixed, simply roll them into small balls and flatten gently against your baking pan, then top with peanuts.
The Taste Test
The cookies really smell like nasi lemak. It’s savoury and spicy, with a sweet sugary and buttery texture and hints of coconut.
The addition of peanuts lend a delicious crunch and texture that is quite exciting, reminiscent of the thin crispy snack with peanuts and anchovies, rempeyek kacang.
Surprisingly, the verdict is a resounding yes. Despite merging something spicy and sweet, the cookie itself was quite delicious, with enough butter and sweetness to remind you that it is first and foremost a butter cookie.
It’s an interesting and novel flavour that would go great at parties for people to try. Personally, I find it rather rich and not particularly bingeable, but a few pieces at tea time with a hot cup of teh would be perfect.
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.