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Thursday August 27, 2009

Resort’s Ramadan buffet focuses on traditional home-cooked dishes

SELERA COFFEEHOUSE,
Klana Resort Seremban,
PT4388 Jalan Penghulu Cantik,
Taman Tasik Seremban, Seremban.
Tel: 06-766 7888.
Business hours: 6am to 10.30pm daily.
The buka puasa buffet is available from 7pm to 9pm.

EVER heard of satay tulang? Well, this dish – a twist on the popular satay – is one of the many dishes one can indulge in this Ramadan at the Klana Resort in Seremban.

Executive chef Abdul Razak Abdul Ghani said the satay tulang, made famous by stalls in Jelebu, near Seremban, was bound to be a crowd-pleaser with hotel guests.

“The meat from the (chicken) bones makes for a more flavoursome satay and, served together with our spicy peanut sauce, it’s the perfect way to break fast.

Be our guest: Chef Abdul Razak inviting guests to sample the traditional Malay cuisine on offer this Ramadan.

“But, that’s not all. Diners will be spoilt for choice this Ramadan with more than 100 dishes, ranging from appetisers to desserts, to choose from daily,” he said.

Items on the menu for the buka puasa buffet will be rotated on a daily basis throughout Ramadan, giving diners a chance to sample everything on offer, but popular favourites like the whole-roasted lamb will be available every day.

“The lamb is still a crowd-puller and to keep up with the demand, we usually roast between eight and 10 whole lambs a day during the fasting month,” he said.

However, he said, the hotel’s focus this Ramadan was on traditional home-cooked food as many people were often reminded of mum’s cooking during the fasting month.

“We have many other dishes on the menu, including Chinese, Indian and Western dishes, but the highlight of our Ramadan food promotion is kampung-style food.

“This is the best time to sample traditional dishes from the different states as our menu items are not restricted to only traditional Negri Sembilan fare. Come and try our asam pedas ikan parang – a Johorean favourite – or our rendang tok from Perak. I’ve also included a family recipe – daging dendeng (braised beef with chillies) that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser,” said the chef, whose specialty is Malay cuisine.

Other interesting dishes on the menu include masak tempoyak ikan sungai (fish cooked with fermented durian paste), gulai ikan sembilang salai (smoked catfish curry) and masak lemak udang sungai dengan pucuk tangkis (prawn in coconut broth with local herbs).

If kampung food is not your cup of tea, fret not.

There is still plenty to choose from as the hotel has a wide array of dishes to please every one; these include pasta, Chinese favourites like dim sum and kuey teow, and even sushi and tempura for fans of Japanese food, in addition to the 11 “action” stalls that will be whipping up goodies from murtabak to refreshing cendol daily.

Finish your meal with sweet treats that include local kuih such as apam Johol, kuih sopang, and kuih penaram, and cakes and pastries, among others.

Adding to the festive atmosphere, the hotel will be holding Malam Tujuh Likur during which traditional favourites such as rendang, dodol, kuih bahulu and kuih goyang ros would be served in a traditional kampung setting at the hotel’s nature park on the seven days leading up to Hari Raya.

The hotel’s Ramadan Buka Puasa buffet is priced at RM48++ for adults and RM26++ for children, and diners who purchase 10 tickets will get another free.

Hotel general manager Shamsul Kamar Ahmad said Muslim patrons would also be able to perform their maghrib, isyak and terawih prayers in specially provided prayer rooms during the period.

To avoid disappointment and enjoy a 15% discount, make your reservations early as the hotel expects an average of 500 guests a day.

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

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