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Pan | Aug 4, 2001 02:46 AM

I had supper at Sentosa again early tonight. 2 dishes: Ipoh bean sprouts and nasi lemak. I had no idea how the Ipoh bean sprouts would be cooked but figured they would be good, as Ipoh is known for its good food. They were very nice indeed, steamed or lightly boiled, put onto a plate with a sauce based on a light soy sauce with just a touch of sweetness (perhaps from sugar, but perhaps from some of the bean sprout juice itself), and topped with crispy fried shallots of the type that come out of a jar, dried. Though the dish was not starred as spicy, there was a distinct and welcome taste of black (not red) pepper. The dish, rather large, cost something like $2.75. The nasi lemak was good indeed! Nasi lemak is a dish of a number of sambals (small separate dishes) and rice on one plate, with the rice in the center and each small dish in a separate spot. What came with this version was a rich, coconutty chicken curry; raw cucumber slices; 2 halves of a hardboiled egg; roasted peanuts; cold anchovy sambal (tasty, with onion slices and some other stuff); and another cold sambal that included string beans and a wonderful sort of cabbage that tasted like it had been marinated in pineapple juice. Nasi lemak means "rice with fat," so it's not something anyone concerned about fat should order often (there really is a lot of oil on the plate), and I won't, but it was delicious! I think the nasi lemak cost around $3.50. The whole tab amounted to less than $8, including tax. I know I have to be a bit more careful about my diet, but you know how there are foods that may not be good for one's health, but soothe one's soul.

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