Traditional dishes served up with care

At Citarasa Nipah, there are three rotational menus with Rendang Daging Lebaran, Siakap Tiga Rasa Nusantara, Ayam Goreng Mamu, Udang Gulai Nyonya and Assam Pedas among dishes featured. — Photos: CHAN TAK KONG/The Star

BUBUR lambuk is a savoury porridge served for the break of fast during Ramadan.

Most versions of bubur lambuk are made with either chicken or beef stock as its base, but at the Citarasa Nipah Ramadan buffet in EQ, it is prepared with fish stock.

Fish bubur lambuk is usually found in east coast states.

Citarasa Nipah chef de cuisine Ali Tuwin said this dish was a speciality, particularly in Terengganu.

“Beef and chicken bubur lambuk are served in many places. So, we want to offer something different.

“Another highlight here is the Negri Sembilan speciality Daging Salai Masak Lemak Cili Padi.

“We cook it here from scratch and put in a lot of effort.

“The beef is smoked in our kitchen with apple wood chips, which lends a distinct smokey flavour that sets it apart from others,” he said, adding that most commercially sold meats were smoked using coconut husk.

Kenduri favourite Daging Gulai Kawah is also on the menu.

Ali said he decided to include this gravy dish as many guests looked forward to it.

“We add bamboo shoots or brinjals to the gravy for flavour.

“Similarly, diners also look for Kambing Golek during this period.

“We marinate the meat with a dry rub consisting of Asian spices such as coriander, cumin and fennel to fit the theme,” he added.

These four dishes are staples at the Ramadan buffet.

There are three rotational menus, with Rendang Daging Lebaran, Siakap Tiga Rasa Nusantara, Ayam Goreng Mamu, Udang Gulai Nyonya and Assam Pedas among the dishes featured.

EQ executive chef Frederico Michieletto said the dishes explored Malaysia’s rich gastronomic legacy.

“Some recipes date back to more than a century and are passed down from generation to generation.

“So our guests can now enjoy these delicious traditional dishes and make time for friends and family.

“Citarasa Nipah stands out as the cornerstone for traditional Malaysian fare and this year is no different with Ali and the team outdoing themselves on the culinary front,” he said.

As for desserts, from the many traditional Malay kuih and a selection of cakes and sweet treats, a few items stand out.

A must-try is the ciku cheesecake, which is the classic American cheesecake topped with sweet ciku.

The buffet dinner is priced at RM208 per adult and RM68 per child, aged between six and 12.

CITARASA NIPAH, Ground Floor, EQ, Equatorial Plaza, Jln Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. (WhatsApp: 012-278 9239). Email: Business hours: 7am-11pm, daily.

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

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