Easy to cook – Local favourites for four under $30

01 Aug 2018

Learn to make these 3 quick and yummy local favourites, featuring Nasi Lemak, Chicken Satay and Chendol!


Nasi Lemak


  • 2 cups of rice
  • 1 small pack of coconut milk
  • 1 Β½ cups of water
  • Salt and sugar to taste
  • Few pandan leaves
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass
  • Roasted peanuts (optional)
  • Fried ikan bilis (optional)
  • Fish otah (optional)
  • Banana leaves for plating (optional)
  • Sambal chilli (optional)


  1. Add water, salt, sugar and lemongrass to coconut milk and set aside.
  2. Wash and drain rice.
  3. Pour coconut milk mixture onto rice and steam rice in rice cooker.
  4. Serve on banana leaf with condiments on the side.
Ingredients Cost One Serving
Coconut milk $0.50
Water FREE
Pandan Leaves $0.40
Total $0.90 $0.45

Chicken Satay – 12 Sticks


  • Skinless chicken thigh 250g (Deboned)
  • Satay sauce
  • Satay sticks
  • Cucumber, cut into pieces (Optional)
  • Pineapple, cut into pieces (Optional)

Marinate Ingredients – Optional (but recommended)

  • Dark soya sauce 3 tbsp
  • Light soya sauce 1 tbsp
  • Sesame oil 1 tbsp
  • Greek yogurt 3 tbsp
  • Fine sugar ΒΌ cup
  • Salt 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder 2 tsp
  • Pepper a dash
  • Vegetable oil ΒΌ cup


  1. Cut chicken thigh into thin slices. Use the back of knife to cut fiber of chicken thigh into strips.
  2. Thread chicken strips on satay stick.
  3. Pour marinate mixture onto chicken satay sticks and ensure fully coated. Marinate for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 200-degree Celsius (roasting with fan). Apply oil and roast chicken satay on each side
    for 5 minutes.
  5. Serve with cucumber and pineapple (optional).
Ingredients Cost One Serving
Chicken Thigh $0.80
Satay Sticks $1.25
Cucumber $0.90
Dark soya sauce
Soya sauce
Sesame oil
Greek Yogurt
Cumin powder $0.90
Pepper $1.95
Total $5.80 $0.58



  • Coconut milk 250ml
  • Ice cubes 100 grams
  • Gula Melaka 120g (chopped)
  • Pandan Chendol jelly
  • Palm seed (β€œattap” seed)
  • Red beans / kidney beans / ready-sweeten red beans in can
  • Sugar 5 tbsp


  1. Mix 250ml of coconut milk, 100g of ice cubes and 120g of Gula Melaka and blend well.
  2. Wash and drain kidney beans. Pour kidney beans into a pot, then add 5 tbsp of sugar and 100ml of water and boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Set aside to cool.
  4. Pour mixture into glass, then add chendol jelly, attap seed and kidney beans.
  5. Ready to serve.

*If using ready Adzuki bean in can, no need to cook.

Ingredients Cost One Serving
Coconut Milk $2.00
Ice cubes $1.50
Gula melaka $0.30
Chendol jelly $0.60
Palm seed $0.90
Kidney beans $0.05
Sugar $0.20
Total $5.55 $2.78

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