OF THE many traditional Malay dishes, rendang is probably the most popular among Malaysians and there is good reason for this.
Marinated with herbs and spices before cooked over medium heat, this dish both fills an empty stomach and satisfies a craving for something familiar.
After all, it is a staple dish in many homes during festive season.
At the Shiso Dining restaurant in MiCasa All Suite Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, rendang and other hearty meals are on the menu for the breaking of fast this Ramadan.
In-house chefs Adrian Lai and Mutaza Sulaiman have prepared quite a selection and are eager to invite diners on a culinary journey.
Their rendang comes in two varieties – beef and chicken – and both balance the savoury elements with a tinge of sweetness and tanginess.
Tender and delicate, the meats easily fall apart at the touch of a fork, and pair well with some rice or lemang.
The Chicken With Percik Sauce deserves a mention for its smoky taste. The flavourful dish also comes with some hot sambal.
The meat is juicy and succulent, perfect either on its own or with some steaming-hot rice.
Meanwhile, the Prawn Sambal and Baked Snapper in Banana Leaf are guaranteed to capture the attention of seafood lovers.
Although the prawns are a tad spicy, their flavours are well balanced, while the snapper’s fragrant garlicky aroma will whet your appetite.
Those who prefer spicier dishes should check out the Lamb Masala as well as the Spicy and Sour Oxtail.
Other traditional dishes include the chicken and beef satay, as well as meat floss, served with some ketupat palas (sticky rice wrapped in coconut leaves).
Diners keen on adding a bit of greens to their diet, can make their way to a selection of ulam (fresh leaves and herbs) served with sambal belacan.
For thirst-quenchers, there are Ramadan bazaar favourites such as sugarcane juice and Air Bandung.
One’s meal is not complete here without some traditional pastries such as kuih ketayap, kuih bakar and jelly pudding.
The kuih bakar has a smooth texture, which tastes creamy and velvety, while the kuih ketayap is pleasantly sweet.
There is an assortment of cakes too, as well as a caramel pudding and tau fu fah, which comes with both brown and white syrups.
Available from March 23 to April 21, this dining experience is priced at RM148nett for two adults.
For details, call 03-2178 8000, WhatsApp 017-219 6126 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MiCasa All Suite Hotel,
368-B, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2178 8000. Business hours: 7am to 11pm, daily.
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.