THE aroma of ikan patin tempoyak evokes memories of chef Mohamad Yatim Supaat’s childhood as he remembers eating this Pahang favourite while growing up in Kuala Lumpur.
Using his family’s recipe, Mohamad Yatim’s version of the dish features slightly watery gravy while giving balance in taste of the fermented durian against other ingredients.
“Ikan patin tempoyak gravy is usually thick but for this Ramadan, I have opted for a lighter version so it is not too rich and you will not feel stuffed after eating it.
“The lighter gravy makes it easy for diners to savour it without rice, if that is their preference, ” he said.
While I enjoy the one with thicker gravy, Mohamad Yatim’s style with blended bird’s eye chilli for that must-have spiciness, nevertheless laced my taste buds with subtle hints of pungent durian.
The dish is found on the Jemput Makan Ramadan buffet at The Resort Cafe in Sunway Resort, Petaling Jaya.
Serving up a myriad of traditional Malay flavours, the Jemput Makan buffet aims to give a balik kampung experience with familiar dishes and a village-like setting at the restaurant.
Groups of a minimum of six people can opt for the “VIP Serambi Dining” where diners dine on a dais or platform, in a private setting, complete with exclusive service.
“Due to the interstate travel ban, a lot of people may not be able to go home during Hari Raya.
“Just like how ikan patin tempoyak reminds me of home, I hope diners will experience a sense of nostalgia when dining at Resort Cafe, ” said the chef de tournant. Diners can start off their meal with steaming hot lamb soup or sup kambing to open up the palate.
Its pungent spicy fragrance and rich lamb flavour is appetising but a touch bit salty for my liking.
Another highlight here is the beef rendang with chillies, soy sauce, thick soy sauce and an assortment of spices in its recipe.
The tender beef found its balance between savoury, sweet and spiciness.
Another beef dish to look out for is daging dendeng which resembles beef jerky.
Similar ingredients used in beef rendang is used in daging dendeng but the latter gives a spicier aftertaste.
It can be used as a filling alongside cucumber, tomatoes and lettuce in assorted buns.
A selection of charcoal buns and wheat buns are available with fillings of fried chicken patty, tempeh and beef dendeng for those who want to make a local burger.The itik salai, too, did not disappoint.
Its pronounced smoky flavour is obvious, and it is slightly spicier than the beef rendang.
There are different stations at the buffet such as Warung Daging Panggang that serves roast beef; Warung Satay and Otak Otak for a variety of grilled meat as well as Warung Kambing Golek which is a show stealer for its succulent roast lamb marinated overnight with over 25 local herbs and spices.
Those with a sweet tooth will delight in Coconut Pudding and Bunga Telang Jelly served with gula melaka syrup in an eye-catching presentation.
This sweet caramel-hued creamy layer is decadent with the dome-shaped blueish jelly adorning the top.
The use of blue pea flower in the jelly gives it a beautiful hue, and offers a refreshing mouthfeel.
This dessert, however, is available on the VIP Serambi Dining menu.
Durian lovers can also try the restaurant’s home-made dodol.
The Jemput Makan buffet, until May 12, is priced at RM168nett per adult and RM78nett per child aged six to 12 years old while the VIP Serambi Dining is priced at RM288nett per adult or RM144 per child.
Diners opting for the latter package also get to enjoy dishes on buffet, which is available from 6pm to 10.30pm
For those preferring to dine at home, the delivery or pick-up option is available via Tableapp from the Jemput Makan Bazaar-To-Go from 9am to 2pm with a minimum of five hours advance notice for the kitchen team to prepare the order.
THE RESORT CAFE, Lobby Level, Sunway Resort, Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway, Selangor. (Tel: 03-7495 2009 or 03-7492 8000) Business hours: 10am to 11pm.
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.