Nasi Ulam Nyonya (Nyonya Herbs Rice) Recipe for House Warming Gathering

Nasi Ulam Nyonya by Miss Sunshine

Have you try Nasi Ulam Nyonya? Actually cooking this dish is not difficult but the preparation takes a lot of time and patience. Getting all the herbs and ingredient, after that slicing and chopping them. Nasi means rice in Malay while ulam means the assortment of herbs served during meal. Nasi ulam nyonya is the herbs are sliced or chopped and mixed with rice and other ingredients. 

Busy preparing and cutting the herbs still can smile
After getting all the herbs / ulam and ingredients that I need from Chow Kit Wet Market I am ready to cook. The rice I use Bernas Jasmin Royal Siam fragrant rice. The cooked rice is fluffy, soft and fragrant, I do not need to use pandan. Plus the rice maintain its grain shape not broken or stick together. Well, I was at my bestie Jenny's house cooking and prepare a simple dinner for her house warming gathering on Friday night. It was just a few of us; Jenny, Raj, Alice and me. 

Nasi Ulam Nyonya

I have arranged nicely, these are the herbs and ingredients that require for Nasi Ulam Nyonya. You 

Nasi Ulam Nyonya

The aroma of the different herbs, paired with rice and dry-toasted shredded coconut or kerisik, dried shrimp and fish floss (serunding ikan) arouse my appetite. It is delicious, aromatic, healthy and appetizing. If you are vegetarian then do not add the dried shrimp, fish floss and belacan powder. I like the combination of spicy, tangy and aromatic flavor. 

Add all the chopped and sliced ingredients to the cooked rice
Toss evenly plus some salt, sugar and black pepper

with Jenny and Alice

with Jenny & Raj

Our dinner: Fresh cucumber, tomato and carrot salad, nasi ulam nyonya, ayam goreng berempah (spiced fried chicken), sambal udang kering terung (spicy dried shrimp brinjal) and sambal belacan mangga

That night we had of course the main dish is the nasi ulam nyonya, sambal belacan mangga, ayam goreng berempah and sambal terung plus cucumber and tomato salad. We had pandan lemongrass drink dan ice cream for dessert. It was a fun and small gathering for us. So who is going to cook next?

Nasi Ulam Nyonya Recipe:

Ingredient 1
3 cups of Jasmine Royal Siam fragrance rice
3 lime (limau kasturi) juiced
100gms dried shrimps (soak, chopped, fry & cool)
100gms serunding ikan (fish floss)
1 teaspoon belacan (shrimp paste) powder
100gms kerisik (toasted and pounded grated coconut)
Salt, sugar and grounded black pepper to taste

Ingredient 2 (Finely chopped or sliced):
1 fresh turmeric (Kunyit)
6 small shallots (Bawang Merah)
6 small chilli (cili padi)
2 stalk lemongrass (Serai)
1 stalk torch ginger flower (Bunga Kantan)
6 kaffir lime leaves (Daun Limau Purut)
12 polygonum leaves (Daun Kesom)
15 mint leaves (Daun Pudina)
15 basil leaves (Daun Selasih)
10 wild betel leaves (Daun Kaduk)

cucumber (sliced)
tomato (sliced)
mint leaves

1. Cook rice. Leave it to be fully cool. Make sure the rice maintain the grain shape but still soft.
3. Mixed the kerisik, serunding and fried dried shrimp
4. Toss all the ingredients 1 & 2 evenly and serve
(Serves: 4 person)

The herbs, ulam and ingredients for my cooking
The rice I use Bernas Jasmine Royal Siam fragrant rice. The cooked rice is fluffy, soft and fragrant, I do not need to use pandan. Plus the rice maintain its grain shape not broken or stick together. 

Bon Appetit


  1. great job!can't wait to try this.

    1. hi Salma, thanks. if you have time try try :D

  2. looks yummy. i love spice rice too. never try nasi ulam though.

    1. Hi Jean, its aromatic esp all the herbs & spices. you can either cook or try it at the nyonya restaurant

  3. yummy....... long time do eat this already.
    cook for me ya...tapau-tapau :D

    1. Hi easter, if i go back penang i cook then i call you come to my house to makan :)

  4. wah sedapnye...tapau me please hehehe

    1. terbaek, tak sempat nak tapau. sekejap semua dah habis :)

  5. wah looks sedap loh.. i like nasi ulam

    1. Swee San, memang sedao la coz I cook one leh

  6. Ok, I shall invite you to my pot luck dinners aight. And you know what to cook k? Thanks in advance..(real thick skin *blush*)

    1. Hi Sycookies, ok ok when you want to organize pot luck dinners?

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    1. Hi Chef Kelly, i still have a lot to learn from you :)

  8. Wow, just as how I like it you did a fantastic job, drooling for your food! And, thanks for sharing so generously, I will take your complete menu to cook next. <3

  9. Have been surfing around for this recipe cos I miss this dish. It's an acquire taste and I like the herb taste and the fragrant. Thank you for sharing. Now to look for the ingredients.

  10. Hi, may I ask, why do you need to fry the shrimp? Can you just use them once you have soaked and chopped them? Thank you!!


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