ENJOYING comfort food reminiscent of our home states will certainly be a treat as many have been stuck in the Klang Valley because of the ongoing movement control order.
With this in mind, Nook at Aloft Kuala Lumpur will take diners on a local culinary journey featuring uniquely Malaysian dishes.
Nook’s executive sous chef Norhanis Nordin explained that they hope to bring a taste of home with their “Jom Buka@Nook”, especially for those who have not been able to return because of the interstate travel ban.
“We decided to focus on Malay heritage dishes from the different states of Malaysia.
“Knowing that many families may be missing various signature dishes of their home states, we hope to bring that here this Ramadan, ” he said.
Some of the highlights include Sup Periuk, Asam Pedas Stingray, Chicken Rendang Negeri Sembilan, Pajeri Nenas Manis Perak and Daging Masak Itam Sarawak.
The asam pedas was a particular favourite as it was well-balanced; spicy and sour at the same time.
The tangy tamarind gravy, flaky fish and crunchy okra were a great combination of bold flavours that went well with hot rice.
The Daging Masak Itam Sarawak, meanwhile, was an earthy dish that would be ideal with ketupat or nasi impit.
The soy sauce gave it a hint of sweetness that was tempered by the spicy heat of the blended chillies and was rich and flavourful.
Not to be overlooked at the buffet line was the extensive spread of kerabu.
The selection of fresh sour, sweet and spicy appetisers were great to have in between heavier dishes in the spread.
Another crowd favourite was Kambing Bakar — lamb that had been roasted in a variety of local spices and served with homemade Sambal Bumbu.
There was also Sous-Vide Beef — a smooth, slow-cooked beef brisket rendang with mint gravy and tangy air asam kerisek.
Several live stations, including noodles in soup, rojak and satay, let diners savour these dishes freshly prepared.
There will also be international fare such as Wok-fried Kam Heong Crab, Chicken Kung Po, Pan-seared Fish Fillet with bisque sauce and Crispy Leek, Chicken Cordon Blue with Thyme Jus, Lala Omelette and Hainanese Chicken Rice.
End the night on a sweet note, including two types of Kuih Lapis, Cendol and Mango Pudding, Claypot Bubur Pulut Hitam, Sago Air Gula and Kolak Ubi.
International offerings include Toffee Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce, Salted Caramel Chocolate Pie as well as Matcha Religieuse.
The Jom Buka@Nook Ramadan buffet is priced at RM148 nett per adult and will be served daily from April 15 to May 15, from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.
There are also takeaway sets available, each comprising 10 items with a choice of three different main dishes: Daging Masak Rendang, Kambing Bakar Bumbu or Ayam Percik Kelantan.
Accompanying this are Roti Telur Johan, Bubur Lambuk Ayam, Tauhu Bergedil Ayam, Nasi Minyak and Pandan Sago Gula Melaka.
Each set also comes with chilled juice and dates.
The takeaway sets can feed four to five persons and are priced at RM228nett for the Daging Masak Rendang or Kambing Bakar Bumbu and RM188nett for the Ayam Percik Kelantan.
Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance and diners enjoy free delivery within a 10km radius of Aloft.
NOOK, Level 1, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2723 1154). Business hours: 6.30am to midnight daily.
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.