Each grain of rice is saturated with lightly sweet coconut milk. A knotted pandan leaf is commonly cooked in with the rice to perfume it. Coconut rice, usually served for breakfast, is usually accompaniment by fried peanuts, fried small fish, a hardboiled egg, chili sambal, and sliced cucumbers. In Malaysian and Singaporean eateries, guests select a myriad of curries, sambals, vegetables and other dishes to eat along with the rice. These determine the ultimate cost of the meal. Typically, the coconut rice is piled on a swatch of banana leaf, and all the other items are spooned on. Guests then eat right off of the leaf, or fold it up into a packet to go.
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