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Nasi dagang

Nasi dagang
Mak ngah nasi dagang.jpg
Nasi dagang from Terengganu.
CourseMain course, usually for breakfast
Place of originMalaysia
Region or stateSouthern Thailand, East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia (Kelantan and Terengganu)[1]
Created byMalay cuisine
Serving temperatureHot or room temperature
Main ingredientsRice cooked in coconut milk served with Malay fish, chicken and prawn curry

Nasi dagang (Jawi: ناسي داڬڠ, "Trader's Rice") is a Malaysian dish consisting of rice steamed in coconut milk, fish curry and extra ingredients such as pickled cucumber and carrots.[2]

It is a well-known breakfast food in the states on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia (Terengganu and Kelantan), southern Thai Malay provinces of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat. The most famous nasi dagang comes from Tumpat in Kelantan and Kampung Ladang in Kuala Terengganu.


Nasi (Rice)

The combination of fenugreek seeds and coconut milk gives nasi dagang its unique flavour and fragrance. The rice may first be soaked in water for several hours to soften it. It is then mixed with thick coconut milk, sliced shallots, lemongrass and fenugreek seeds. The rice is steamed until cooked. It may also be steamed twice, where more coconut milk is added when it is half-cooked. Then the rice is steamed again until cooked. This method ensures a more creamy finish to the rice.

Kari Ikan (Fish Curry)

This accompanying dish is only specially prepared for nasi dagang and is sometimes locally called gulai darat.

This curry the fish is cooked in is not an Indian-style curry powder but a Malay-style curry, i.e., coconut milk mixed with traditional Malay spices such as lemon grass, galangal, chilli paste, and turmeric.

Tuna is the standard choice of fish but other fish can be used as well, such as tenggiri.[3] Chicken and prawns are also used sometimes; however, the gulai darat is prepared slightly differently.

Kelapa Goreng (Fried Coconut)

Kelapa Parut is freshly shaved, mixed with sliced shallots and fried until golden brown.

Hard-boiled eggs

Hard boiled eggs are cut into four or eight slices.

Vegetable pickle

The vegetable is pickled in rice vinegar and sugar. The vegetables commonly used are cucumber, chilli and carrots.


Chilli sambal can sometimes be included.


The Terengganu version uses the normal white rice, while the Kelantanese variety uses a type of rice locally called 'beras nasi dagang', which is a type of wild rice that has a light purple colour and a little glutinous.[4] The Terengganuan version is also much simpler, eaten only with the fish curry (sometimes with belimbing buluh added) and pickles.[5]

Also a staple breakfast in the deep south of Thailand (Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat), the nasi dagang of southern Thailand features an additional Telur pindang (Herb-boiled eggs) to its menu. While across the South China Sea, the nasi dagang in Natuna attributed a similar kind with the Terangganese version of the rice, this is likely due to the strong historical connection between the island and the east coast of Malay Peninsula.

See also


  1. ^ "Nasi Dagang". JKKN. 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Nasi Dagang". Tourism Terengganu. 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  3. ^ Growing Up in Trengganu, By Awang Goneng
  4. ^ Tan Su-Lyn (2003). Malaysia & Singapore. Lonely Planet. p. 149. ISBN 9781740593700.
  5. ^ Richmond, Simon; Harper, Damian (2007). Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei. Lonely Planet. p. 302. ISBN 9781740597081.

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