East and west rendition of durian


Durian delights in the form of (clockwise from bottom) Serawa Durian with glutinous rice, Durian Choux, Durian Crepe Cake and Musang King Cheesecake. — Photos: MUHAMAD SHAHRIL ROSLI/The Star

THERE are few things more exciting than discovering how durian is featured at the dessert counter in a buffet.

While the King of Fruits is good on its own, at Flock in W Kuala Lumpur, it is given eastern and western twists to appeal to more diners.

W Kuala Lumpur executive pastry chef Kevin Lee has curated a selection of durian-inspired desserts to satiate varied taste buds.

“For the western palate, there is Durian Crepe Cake, Musang King Cheesecake and Durian Choux.

“If you are looking for something warm and traditional, we have Serawa Durian, ” he said.

The Serawa Durian was my personal favourite among the four durian dessert choices.

Sushi with a twist in this Chicken Satay Roll.Sushi with a twist in this Chicken Satay Roll.

Made with generous portions of durian flesh, it is served warm with a scoop of glutinous rice for a comforting and satisfying treat.

The Durian Crepe Cake was beautifully layered with whipped durian cream and was light in texture with the perfect amount of sweetness while the Musang King Cheesecake was dense and flavourful.

Those who like delicate pastries will love the Durian Choux. Each bite sends a burst of durian sweetness with buttery pastry.

There is also a variety of traditional Malay kuih-muih and plenty of non-durian sweet delights such as gula melaka and coconut gelatos, Pandan Kaya Opera, Mango Ginger Flower Panna Cotta and Chocolate Cake Pops in the Ramadan buffet’s dessert selection.

The theme at Flock this Ramadan is “Bazar Malam”.

Slipper lobster is among the grilled seafood available at Flock in W Kuala Lumpur.Slipper lobster is among the grilled seafood available at Flock in W Kuala Lumpur.

As the name implies, there are stalls serving up various street food much like at local night markets that many have missed out on.

They include takoyaki, roti john, noodles, chee cheong fun, fried snacks and grilled seafood.

The grill station is sure to be a hit with slipper lobster, tiger prawn, seabass, giant squid, mussels and clams.

Ramadan staples here are traditional Malay dishes.

For starters, a variety of Malay salad such as Kerabu Ramadan made with squid, prawn and chicken, Kerabu Pucuk Paku, Kerabu Nanas Johor, Kerabu Nangka Bunga Kantan and Kerabu Udang Kacang Buncis besides rojak buah are available.

Healthy and crunchy green beans salad with shrimp.Healthy and crunchy green beans salad with shrimp.

For mains, there are Limpa Masak Hitam, Sambal Tumis Udang Harimau Bunga Kantan, Ikan Asam Pedas Johor, Ketam Masak Lemak Nanas and Ayam Panggang Madu to name a few.

There is also a variety of ulam, chilli paste, keropok and fermented sauces to complete the dining experience.

Wash it all down with Nescafe tarik and teh tarik or if you prefer something cold, choose from milk rose syrup, chrysanthemum, sugarcane, dates and calamansi asam boi.

Boba tea lovers will be delighted to find the brown sugar pearl fresh milk among the beverages served, besides another speciality drink — mango milk.

FLOCK, W Kuala Lumpur, No 121, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 012-347 9088). Business hours: 6.30am-9.30pm (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday), 6.30am- 10.30am (Tuesday), 6.30am-10.30pm (Friday and Saturday) and 6.30am-2.30pm (Sunday). During Ramadan, 6.30am-10pm, daily.

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

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