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Try This Vegan Nasi Lemak Recipe by Animal Rights Activist & YouTuber Chef Dave!

Bring social justice into your kitchen with this ethical nasi lemak recipe!


I WORKED 10 YEARS in the culinary world, in international 5-star hotels and sailed around the world on a Disney cruise line as a professional chef. But everything changed for me when I turned vegan overnight!

It happened when I was exposed to videos about global warming and climate change at the end of last year, and I was shocked. I never knew just how much animal farming contributed to the climate crisis.

That led me to videos on animal cruelty in the egg and dairy industry. Watching them deeply disturbed me emotionally. 

I started to feel sick being a chef, sailing around the world, working with top companies in the industry yet failing to even know where my ingredients come from!

Meat me no more

Just before 2020, I made the decision to go vegan to stand in solidarity with animals and to fight against the injustice happening against them. That decision to live without harming myself, the environment and others as much as I could truly had an impact on my future.

After losing my job as a chef due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I decided to dedicate my free time to my newfound passion.

I began to realise vegans often face issues eating their local favourites, such as nasi lemak, roti canai, or mee goreng mamak, but as a chef, I knew how to make these while staying vegan. That’s how my journey as a vegan YouTuber started. To date, the channel has garnered over 24,000 subscribers

Recently, even our Queen Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah gave her blessing to my vegan journey along with the permission to create vegan versions of her recipes from her cookbook!

A message for Queer Lapis readers!

I would like to share my vegan Malaysian recipes on Queer Lapis because I feel Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer (LGBTIQ) people know how hard it is to be a minority, oppressed, and wishing someone would speak up for them and fight for their rights. 

The Peaceful Planet

So I hope the LGBTIQ community can easily relate to the message that as a vegan chef and animal rights activist, what I’m doing is to be a voice for the voiceless, to fight for the animal rights and end the cruelty, exploitations that happen to them day and night

Now that that’s out of the way… Here comes the recipe!

My first recipe is easy vegan nasi lemak. Normally it’s accompanied by egg either boiled or fried and anchovies but this is a veganised recipe! Instead, I made tempeh goreng kunyit (wink wink) as a side dish! 



  • Lemongrass 1 stalk
  • Pandan leaves 3pcs
  • Cinnamon stick 1 small pcs
  • Star anise 1 small
  • Shallots 100g (blended)
  • Ginger 10g (blended or chopped fine)
  • Garlic 10g (blended or chopped fine)
  • Cooking oil (adequate amount for sauteing and fried tofu)
  • Dried chilli 60g (soaked and blended)
  • Chilli sauce 15g
  • Tomato sauce 15g
  • Vegetarian oyster sauce 15g
  • Salt as needed
  • Brown sugar 1tsp
  • Tofu 40g


  • Rice 2 cups
  • Lemongrass 1 stalk
  • Pandan leaves 3 pcs
  • Ginger 2 slices
  • Coconut milk 1 cup
  • Water 1.25 cups
  • Salt 1 pinch


  1. Saute lemongrass, pandan leaves, cinnamon stick, star anise, shallot, ginger garlic paste until golden brown and caramelised. 
  2. Add in blended chilli and some water and let it simmer and repeat this a few times until cooked.
  3. Add in chilli sauce, tomato sauce and vegetarian oyster sauce and let it continue to cook. 
  4. Add in fried tofu and let it braise for 10 minutes and it’s done. 


  1. Wash the rice. 
  2. Add in pandan leaves, lemongrass, and ginger slices. 
  3. Add in coconut milk, water and salt. Cook in the rice cooker as usual. 

If you want to add in the optional-but-mandatory-for-kunyits tempeh goreng kunyit, see here! (Head over to YouTube to see the full recipe).

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  • NoVeganNoLGBTIQ

    Vegan please don’t eat anything. Farmers use animals to harvest crops. Even they use machines, the oil and gas is from dead animals.

  • Kalidevan

    1. Veganism means to live a life without exploiting any animal. As much as we Vegans would love to 100% live this way the current modern society does not allow us to do so. Thus we do the maximum we can instead of using the unavoidable as an excuse to justify animal exploitation that is clearly avoidable.

    In this modern day and age there is no way to find out whether the crops we purchase involves exploiting oxen to till the land or from the use of a tractor. We also do not know if monkeys have been enslaved to pluck coconuts or if a donkey had carried the vegetables from the farmers place to the wholesale market. However, by default, coconuts, crops and vegetables are Vegan. Here the issue is only the method and not the final product. When it comes to meat, cheese, milk, eggs and honey it is the entire product itself that is problematic and not only the method. If there comes a way to ensure that our food reaches us without exploiting animals then we will choose that surely. In fact tractors, harvesters and lorries are already making these olden forms of exploiting animals obsolete so what you are saying is only a guess. Animals may be exploited currently for the rice I eat but animals are 100% tortured, exploited and executed when you consume meat, cheese, milk, eggs and dairy products.

    The question we Vegans will put forward to you is, “When we have the solution to 99.9% of all the intentional violence and exploitation happening to animals why do you focus on the 0.1% that we do not have and use that as a justification to support the 99.9% which is clearly avoidable?”

    2. No animals were exploited by humans intentionally to create petrol. Animals died millions of years ago due to various causes and their dead remains have now become petrol. So I believe comparing this to animal exploitation happening today make any sense? Would we compare petrol with the murder of a human? If not why compare it to the murder of an animal?

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