Elaborate fare of local delights


The savoury chicken rendang is to be expected at the Ramadan buffet. — SHAARI CHEMAT/The Star

RAMADAN bazaars offer visitors the chance to indulge in an array of local favourites at one venue.

Ever since I was a child, I have loved going to Ramadan bazaars.

I enjoyed visiting the evening markets for the endless choices of savoury and sweet treats.

This was the feeling I experienced when I stepped into Kwee Zeen at Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, with the wide variety of traditional Malay favourites presented here.

Nasi Hujan Panas, served warm alongside a smokey roast lamb, was fluffy and fragrant with generous amounts of onions and garlic thrown in to perk up the taste.

There are plenty of other dishes that also go well with the rice.

The Rendang Tok Daging offered a mix of sweet and savoury flavours, which balanced nicely with the spicy accents.

Nasi Hujan Panas is splendid with roast chicken.Nasi Hujan Panas is splendid with roast chicken.

The tender and flaky meat fell apart easily and was lovely with rice.

The chicken rendang, which had the right blend of herbs and spices, is not to be missed for its appetising flavour.

Those with a more adventurous palate can opt for the Sotong Masak Sambal Petai and Sambal Tempoyak Daun Kesom which took the spice level up a notch.

Pajeri Nenas is a sweet and sour pineapple dish cooked in thick, creamy broth that can be expected at a Ramadan buffet.

For a less fiery pineapple dish, there is Sambal Nenas Madu with honey, caramelised to offer depth in flavour.

I enjoyed the Paru Goreng Berlada for its crispiness.

Those who prefer fish may want to opt for the grilled stingray.

Paru Goreng Berlada is a favourite among locals.Paru Goreng Berlada is a favourite among locals.

Wrapped in foil to retain the flavour, I was greeted with a pleasant aroma upon unwrapping the parcel.

I knew instantaneously that this would be a dish to remember.

Kwee Zeen’s succulent and tender chicken satay is great with the mildly sweet peanut sauce on the side.

Being a huge fan of kerabu, I was delighted with the many choices available here.

My favourite was Kerabu Mangga Muda for the perfect balance of sweet and sour.

Some diners ate this with rice but I preferred it on its own for its sourness, which I appreciated after the dishes I had consumed.

Ikan Bakar Berempah features smoked stingray.Ikan Bakar Berempah features smoked stingray.

The Kerabu Taugeh dan Kerang was a bit briny but one can find a generous amount of cockles in this local salad.

The other kerabu dishes include Kerabu Ayam, Kerabu Daging Bakar and Kerabu Aneka Laut dan Soo Hoon.

The Kelantan and Melaka favourites of budu and cincalok are among the condiments available.

For dessert, icy favourites such as cendol and ais batu campur are available.

Creamy and velvety Bubur Serawa Durian is another local dessert not to be missed, alongside assorted pastries and cakes.

Rojak buah is a fruity option at the dessert area, besides freshly sliced pineapples, watermelon, jackfruit and langsat.

The buffet dinner from 6.30pm to 9.30pm is priced at RM178nett per adult and RM89nett per child, and is available until May 12.

KWEE ZEEN, Level G, Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, 6, Jalan Damanlela, Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2720 6688. WhatsApp: 018-873 2028). Business hours: 6am to 9.30pm, daily.

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

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