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Padang cuisine awaits this Ramadan

A view of the sumptuous buffet spread.

A view of the sumptuous buffet spread.

OLIVE Tree Hotel in Penang is paying homage to the Minangkabau community of Negri Sembilan this Ramadan with an elaborate buffet showcasing the sumptuous flavours of Padang food.

The cuisine will take centre stage alongside traditional Malay favourites of the various states in Malaysia at the hotel’s Sukkah Coffee House from May 27 until July 2, extending into Hari Raya itself.

One of the most popular food in Southeast Asia, Padang food is renowned for its rich taste of succulent coconut milk, herbs and fiery chilli with emphasis on gulai (curry), lado (chilli pepper) and bareh (rice).

However, senior sous chef Mohd Fauzi Ilias has toned down the spiciness to cater to local taste buds.

The flavour combinations are simply mind blowing with every dish deliciously distinctive with its own blend of powerful spices.

A must-have is the daging rendang minang, a dry beef curry cooked with coconut milk and spices for several hours, and pucuk paku masak cili api.

Roasted lamb from the action counter for more choices (Catherine Chong - Olive Tree Hotel)
Roasted lamb from the action counter.

Other Minangkabau delights include gulai daging salai, siput sedut masak lemak cili api, sambal udang petai berlado, gulai nangka dengan ikan bilis, ketam masak lemak, daging goreng berlado and ikan keli masak berlado.

To complement are local interpretations such as gulai ikan, kambing masak kerutuk, sambal ikan bilis petai, ayam masak ros, udang goreng kunyit, labu kuning masak lemak putih and hati lembu masak kicap berempah.

Adding to the selections are stir-fried crab with basil, baked mussels with cheese mayo, stir-fried squid with salted egg yolk, grilled fish with teriyaki sauce, fried mantis prawn with Nestum and Szechuan taufu with minced chicken.

The spread would not be complete without the varied choices of salad and appetiser, soup, dessert and beverages.

Also, not to be missed are the action counters featuring roasted whole lamb with Bukhari rice, bubur lambuk, chicken Pattaya kebab and popiah basah Penang, amongst others.

With four rotational menus, the breaking fast feast is priced at RM120+ for adults, RM60+ for children (aged 5 to 12 years) and RM80+ for senior citizens (aged 55 years and above).

Early bird vouchers are currently available. The 50% off voucher is valid from May 27 to 31 and from June 22 to 26 while the 20% off voucher is applicable from June 1 to 21 and from June 27 to July 2.

For more information and reservations, contact 04-6377856.

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