Rules of Engorgement Saturday: Nasi Berlauk, Malaysia

By Mark Wiens 12 Comments

My passion of being a voracious connoisseur of all things edible from all over the globe has led to the development of a movement from “starving to stuffed” and “hungry to happy,” that will focus on displaying feasts from around the world.

What is “Rules of Engorgement?”

A weekly Saturday blog article posted on Migrationology that will showcase ambrosial culinary feasts and encourage world travel by way of delicious food.

Rules of Engorgement posts will include:

Name: Nasi Berlauk (rice with mixed dishes)

Location: on the street in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, near the Petronas Towers
Cost: 5 MYR ($1.55 USD)

Nasi Berlauk Malaysian Food
Nasi Berlauk Buffet

nasi berlauk

An unbelievable spread of Malay food specialties articulately arranged on portable tables beneath a shade tree emerged from a sketchy van not long before noon. 

In the midst of a chaotic hungry crowd, I was handed a banana  leaf wrapper that I stuffed with a chili fish, curried vegetables, and all kinds of random excitements (picture above was taken 1/2 way through the meal due to my excitement). 

After artfully blending my dishes, the host dolloped a chunk of rice in the middle, wrapped up the leaf, and secured it with a rubber band. 

The chili filled sweet fish, the coconut creamy taste of the green beans, and the pungent taste of cumin and turmeric, intricately balanced with each other in harmony.  Nasi Berlauk in Malaysia is an affordable and  joyous way to feast!

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  • Sandy Salle

    11 years ago

    Mark, I will definitely get you some images and a write up of a South African dish! Thanks for the wonderful opportunity!

  • Nisha

    11 years ago

    Mark,
    I agree with you on getting excited or feeling so hungry that camera gets pushed away. 🙂

    And this series ‘Rules of Engorgement’ looks interesting. Even I post about food with pictures but never thought of giving it a name or making it regular.

    Keep it up.

  • Heather on her travels

    11 years ago

    I sometimes also get so carried away with eating and having fun that I forget to take a photo until the meal’s half eaten – but it doesn’t look as pretty

    • Mark Wiens

      11 years ago

      Yah Heather, sometimes I’ll be thinking of taking a picture all the way till the food comes and then I just get over excited, dig in, and completely forget. Now I’m getting in a habit of taking a picture of everything I eat and I’m getting into more of a routine.

  • Mark Wiens

    11 years ago

    Nisha: Yah, I agree with you, I think these two countries have some of the best street food in the world.

    Sandy: That is very interesting! I have never been to South Africa but sounds like it was influenced to create an awesome and unique style cuisine.

    If you have time to snap a couple shots of an incredible South African meal and write up a brief description, I would love to post it for a Rule of Engorgement! Thanks for the comments.

  • Sandy Salle

    11 years ago

    Wow, that looks wonderful. Have you tried any South African dishes? I think some of those dishes would be wonderful to spotlight on your Rules of Engorgement Saturdays!

    In fact, many of the dishes from South Africa are actually influenced by Malaysia. The reason for this is because when Malaysian slaves were traded by the Dutch East India Company and brought to South Africa, the Malaysians brought with them an appetite for spices. They added spices to South Africa’s bland English and Dutch stews, bringing them to life.

  • Nisha

    11 years ago

    Hi,
    I am just back from solo backpacking trip to Malaysia & Thailand.
    And I can so much relate to your post. I ate all kinds of street food in both countries.