Allure of curry and meat-based dishes

Bamboo Briyani is among the dishes at Pasar Baru, New World. — MUHAMAD SHAHRIL ROSLI/The Star

PART of the beauty of living in Malaysia is being able to enjoy food from many cultures.

It may be a Ramadan buffet but those who fancy rich Indian food and Malay fare cooked with loads of spices will certainly enjoy the buffet spread at Pasar Baru, New World Petaling Jaya Hotel in Kelana Jaya.Executive chef Khalil Zakhem, who is from Syria, loves Indian food. His years of experience working in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Morocco has made him an expert in catering to the needs of locals there who also fancy Indian food.

Khalil’s buffet spread is commendable as the taste of the various curry and meat-based dishes is mouth-watering. The dishes are skilfully prepared and the buffet provides value-for-money, based on the variety and quality of food served. He is also a big fan of nasi kandar and has prepared about eight different types of curry to go with the dish.

Among his signature dishes are the lamb, chicken and fish head curry as well as butter chicken.

The buffet spread also offers dishes such as bamboo briyani, ayam penyet, freshly made naan, murtabak and tandoori chicken.

“I love to cook Indian food and there’s a range of it here. Not forgetting the local favourites too such as the soup gearbox and Middle East’s kabsa rice.

“I have been living in Malaysia for nine years now and am familiar with the locals’ taste buds, ” said Khalil.There are also several action counters that offer variety, including grilled seafood and satay.

Throughout Ramadan, about 100 dishes with 60 main courses are lined up at the buffet.

Available until May 12, the buffet from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, is priced at RM148nett per adult and RM74nett for children aged four to 11 years.PASAR BARU, NEW WORLD Petaling Jaya Hotel, Level 2, Paradigm, 1 Jalan SS7/26A, Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. (Tel: 03-7682 0000) Business hours: 6.30pm to 10pm.

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

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