Nasi Lemak Muffins

Following past success, I decided to be a little more adventurous and experiment a little. Have always wanted to try to bake some savory muffins. I’m a savory person, less of a sweets person.

So here we go, Nasi Lemak Muffins. Eatventure! Adapted from my previous muffins recipe, just added a little savory treats and tadah! ❤


  • 120g cake flour
  • 30g plain flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder (double acting)
  • 40g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence/paste 
  • 20g granulated sugar, separate into 10g and 10g
  • 1 large egg at room temperature, separate yolk and white
  • 1 tablespoon coconut cream
  • 0.5-2 tablespoon Sambal Chilli (depending on your preference)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pandan Flavoring (See notes)
  • Handful of anchovies (See notes)
  • Handful of peanuts
  • Handful of shallots



  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Line muffin pan with cupcake liner or, if using cupcake paper cups, place cups onto a baking pan.
  • Combine flour & baking powder. Sift & set aside. 
  • In a large bowl, on medium speed of an electric mixer, combine butter, vanilla, pandan flavoring & salt. Cream until smooth. 
  • Add 10g of sugar and beat until fluffy, about 1 minutes. 
  • Add in egg yolk and beat for 1 min.
  • In another large bowl, on high speed, beat the egg white and 10g sugar till stiff peaks appear.
  • Scoop a spoons of the flour and baking powder into the egg mixture and beat till dough like. Then add all the butter mixture and beat till ingredients are fully incorporated. With the mixer still running, add the coconut cream and a few drops of pandan flavoring. Add the remaining flour into the mixer. Then add the Sambal into the mixture. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated, taking care not to over beat.
  • Mix in the anchovies, peanuts and shallots.
  • Fill paper cups or muffin pan with batter, 3/4 full.
  • Place baking or muffin pan on the middle rack of the oven & bake for about 20 minutes. If you’d like, fill a muffin cup with water and let it bake together with your muffins.



  • I used 13 pandan leaves, cut into 1inch pieces and place into a blender together with 2 tablespoons of water to blend. Sieve and you have your pandan flavoring for use in your cooking and/or baking adventures. 🙂
  • I bought uncooked dried anchovies from the supermarket. I washed and cut them into 0.5inch pieces. Cover the container and then placed them in the microwave for 2mins till they’re crisp. 

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