With fasting month happening just around the corner, Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur showcases an array of masakan kampung on top of its existing repertoire of international favourites. These dishes are prepared by Chef Din, the hotel’s sous chef with more than 10 years of experience in authentic Malay cuisine.
Here are my five picks for this year’s Ramadan feast, available at Mosaic, Lounge on the Park and Diamond Ballroom from 6 June to 5 July 2016. :)
1) Paceri Nenas
Paceri Nenas is essentially curried pineapples with palm sugar for a deep, caramelised flavour. Pineapple rings are usually used in this dish but Chef Din’s version features pineapple pieces which soaks up more curry gravy. Delicious with steamed basmati rice.
2) Gulai Kawah Rusuk Rebung
This was my favourite dish during the tasting session – beef ribs cooked to tender perfection in curry stew and honey bamboo shoots. The meat was delicious and very nicely seasoned, while the gulai was adequately thick and rich from the spices and coconut milk.
3) Ayam Percik Timur
There are many variations of Ayam Percik in Malaysia, and for this Ramadan, Chef Din prepares his version inspired by the one available on the east coast (Pantai Timur). This is similar to roast chicken but instead of pepper and Dijon mustard, chillies, garlic and lemongrass is mainly used for flavour and aroma. Eat this with some roasted pineapples for sweetness or try it with some paceri nenas. I like that combination best.
4) Sayur Lemak Lodeh
This braised mixed vegetables in turmeric coconut gravy is not your average vegetable curry. There’s tempeh (fermented soybean cake), green beans, carrots, eggplant, cabbage, cauliflower and beancurd sheets, cooked till the flavours bind together into this luscious, creamy curry base that is fragrant from the addition of dried shrimp and belacan.
Do look out for this and have it over steamed white rice for extra oomph. I like eating this with a dollop of sambal chili and it really kicks things up a notch!
5) Bubur Pulut Hitam Gula Nipah
Don’t forget to leave space for dessert, as the bubur pulut (black sticky rice) in coconut milk and palm sugar syrup begs for a second serving. It is thick, creamy and rich in flavour, with a deep caramel note at the end of each spoonful. Have it with some durian cheesecake, which the hotel makes rather well. Alternatively, there’s an assortment of Malay kuih including onde onde to choose from.
The Buka Puasa buffet is priced at RM188 nett per person and RM94 nett per child (age 4-11) at Mosaic and Lounge on the Park. For bookings made between 6 June to 12 June as well as 4th and 5th July, the buffet is priced at RM138 nett per person and RM69 nett per child.
For dining reservations, call 03-2330 8797 or email [email protected]