Eat & Drink

Friday, 19 May 2017

Go Thai for a change

Deep Fried Chicken with Pandan Leaf. The chicken is marinated overnight to make sure all the flavours are well absorbed. — Photos: M. AZHAR ARIF/The Star

Deep Fried Chicken with Pandan Leaf. The chicken is marinated overnight to make sure all the flavours are well absorbed. — Photos: M. AZHAR ARIF/The Star

THIS Ramadan, diversify your cuisine choices by having Thai food and local favourites at Imperial Chakri Palace KLCC and Chakri Palace Pavilion KL.

With more than 50 modern and authentic Thai and local dishes, you are bound to find something you like at the buffet.

Chakri Palace group head chef Chatree Hengmeechai, who is from Thailand, said the buffet line-up was created based on popular ala carte dishes from the restaurants, with some new additions.

One of the new dishes is the Crispy Morning Glory which was created after many attempts, said Chatree.

The Crispy Morning Glory is a unique dish.
The Crispy Morning Glory is a unique dish.

Another appetiser from the ala carte menu that stands out is the Mieng Kam.

It is a dish that requires one to balance out the taste of different ingredients.

Mieng Kam comprises a base of wild pepper leaves (daun kaduk) and a variety of ingredients.

“My recommendation for one leaf is three pieces of ginger, three to four cubes of red onions, one or two pieces of lime, one or two pieces of chilli padi, two pieces of dry shrimp and add more dry coconut and peanuts according to taste,” he said.

Once that is done, drizzle some dark sauce made with dried shrimp, belacan and palm sugar, blended together.

From the mains, a noteworthy dish is the Deep-fried Chicken with Pandan Leaf.

Chatree said the chicken is marinated with soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, black pepper, garlic, coriander and cooking oil overnight for the flavours to be absorbed into the meat.

“The chicken is then steamed and deep-fried with pandan leaves for added fragrance,” he said.

He said another must-try ala carte dish is the Stir-fried Squid with Salted Egg.

“The squid is fried with garlic, onions, green pepper, and red chillies.

An appetiser that stood out was the Mieng Kam which was simply appetising.
An appetiser that stood out was the Mieng Kam which was simply appetising. 

“It is then seasoned with soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, tom yam paste and fresh milk.

“Lastly, celery is added with the salted egg,” he said.

Other dishes to try are the Thai Mango Salad, Thai Crispy Fried Noodles, Lamb in Thai Green Curry, Prawn with Butter Sauce topped with Salted Egg, Tom Yam Seafood, Beef with Black Pepper Sauce and Fish with Sweet and Spicy Sauce.

To view of Ramadan, a variety of Malaysian favourites, including Rendang Daging Tok, Masak Lemak Gulai Daging, Ayam Kapitan and briyani are being introduced at the restaurants.

At the live action stalls are the chicken and beef satay, ikan bakar and tom yam noodles.

Finish it all off with famous Thai desserts such as Red Ruby Water Chestnut, Thai Mango Sticky Rice and also local favourites such as Malay kuih anda variety of sweet bubur.

The “Tantalising Tastes of Thailand” dinner buffet is available from May 30.

Chatree, who is from Thailand, chose buffet items based on popular ala carte dishes.
Chatree, who is from Thailand, chose buffet items based on popular ala carte dishes.

There are three different Ramadan menus on rotation, and the buffet is served from 7pm onwards.

It is priced at RM95.90++ (KLCC) and RM85.90++ (Pavilion) per person for adults.

Children between six and 10 years old can eat for RM49.90++ (KLCC) and RM42.90 (Pavilion) and this includes senior citizens (above 60 years old) while children under six dine for free.

IMPERIAL CHAKRI PALACE SURIA KLCC, Lot 417B, Level 4, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur (Tel:03-2382 7788) Business hours: Noon to 10pm, daily.

CHAKRI PALACE PAVILION KL, LOT C4.06.01, Level 4, Connection Pavilion KL, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2143 1141) Business hours: Noon to 12am.

This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.

Tags / Keywords: Central Region , Ramadhan , Imperial Chakri Palace KLCC , Spirit of Ramadan

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