Nostalgia for kampung-like flavours

Al Muhaimin is proud of the roasted whole lamb that is served with tomato rice and percik sauce. — MUHAMAD SHAHRIL ROSLI/The Star

AN IMPRESSIVE spread of traditional Malay dishes full of nostalgia awaits diners at Wyndham Acmar Klang’s T-Cafe this Ramadan.

Chef de cuisine Mohd Al Muhaimin Nordin, who is well-known for his prowess in whipping up authentic Malay food, has been delighting diners at this hotel.

Al Muhaimin, who hails from Kampung Duyung in Melaka Tengah, describes the roasted whole lamb leg as the high point of the Nostalgic Kampungku Buffet, as it is cooked to tender perfection with tasty, succulent meat.

Asked the difference between a standard roast and his dish, he said the secret was in the art of marinating the meat with Malay spices and chillies as well as the use of coconut milk.

“Common during Ramadan is roasted whole lamb cooked over a slow fire. But ours gets a 24-hour marinade that comprises a blend of 18 spices, and a bath in coconut milk and chilli paste.

“It is important to get the composition right to ensure maximum flavour. Fine slits are made into the meat to allow the marinade to soak in.

“I use a time-honoured recipe handed down from generation to generation, ” he revealed.

He said the mouth-watering result was served with tomato rice and percik sauce.

“Our flavourful percik sauce, which is a combination of turmeric, cumin, coriander, fresh lemongrass, coconut milk and tamarind, packs a punch and sees diners going for second helpings, ” he added.

For the break of fast spread, traditional specialities like bubur lambuk (a lightly spiced rice porridge with legumes and vegetables) and sup ekor lembu (oxtail soup) are available.

Al Muhaimin said the buffet would feature 150 dishes on a rotating basis, including Sambal Petai Udang, Daging Briyani, Pucuk Manis Masak Lemak Keladi and Ikan Patin Masak Tempoyak, which can be enjoyed with white rice, sambal belacan and ulam on the side.“We use fresh produce and this is what draws people to the Ramadan buffet. They want traditional flavours during the fasting month and we want them to enjoy a similar, kampung-like experience, ” he said.

The hotel also offers a variety of salads and ulam as well as five types of sambal, namely sambal ijo, tempoyak and belacan as well as kicap cili and air asam.

Al Muhaimin said a Ramadan spread would not be complete without a fried dessert station, where diners can enjoy banana, cempedak and yam fritters as well as other deep-fried treats. There are also pastries, fresh-cut fruits and beverages to end the meal.

The Ramadan buffet is available from April 16 to May 9, from 6.30pm to 10pm, and priced at RM138nett (per adult), RM100nett (per senior citizen) and RM84 (per child, from six to 12 years old). For group dining above 10 persons, the price is RM128 nett per adult.

WYNDHAM ACMAR KLANG, No 1-G-1, Persiaran Bukit Raja 2/KU1, Bandar Baru Klang, Klang, Selangor. For reservations, call 012-590 9851.

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

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