GATHERING with friends or family has always been a mainstay during the holy month of Ramadan.
Traditionally a communal experience, this year’s buka puasa will undoubtedly be different with Covid-19 still afflicting the country.
But those observing Ramadan can still experience a smaller gathering with their loved ones at home, courtesy of St Regis Kuala Lumpur.
The hotel is offering a Malam Warisan Melayu Box, a takeaway option.
There are two takeaway sets, designed for four and eight persons respectively, and include the hotel’s signature dishes.
This time around, the focus will be on local dishes, taking diners on a culinary journey through Malaysia’s 14 states.
The recipes are courtesy of executive sous chef Norazizi Taslim and banquet chef Mohd Ridzwan Mohamed Rasit.
A notable dish is the Smoked Lamb Shank with fresh turmeric and bird’s eye chillies.
This Negri Sembilan speciality is similar to other masak lemak (coconut milk-based dishes) but here the meat and spices are simmered and cooked in only water, with no added oil.
The meat is smoked for several hours with kaffir lime leaves and chillies.
Fresh coconut milk is used to dial down the heat to render a slightly sweet flavour.
One dish to savour is the Rendang Tok — a Perak speciality by Norazizi.
Traditionally made with buffalo meat, here beef short ribs are used and braised for six hours for a melt-in-your-mouth experience.
The meat was flavourful, while the added roasted coconut helped enhance the flavours of the spices.
For those who enjoy seafood, the Smoked Red Snapper with coconut, green chilli and kerisik has a similar flavour profile to the lamb shank.
The fish is smoked before being cooked in gravy, lending it that nice aromatic smoky flavour.
This Kelantanese speciality was slightly spicy and sweet, enhanced by the smoked fish.
Also part of the takeaway set is a selection of kerabu appetisers.
Sabah’s kerabu features a fiddlehead fern salad, while Perlis’ kerabu daging is a traditional beef salad with a chilli and coconut dressing.
Both were fresh and an interesting introduction to these two states. The takeaway sets also include
a selection of sweet treats such as pomelo sago, pineapple tart, nutmeg madeleines and soursop pops.
The Malam Warisan Melayu Box is priced at RM448+ (serves up to four people) and RM888+ (for up to eight people). Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance.
This offer continues even after Ramadan.
ST REGIS KUALA LUMPUR, No.6, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2727 6696). Business hours: 6.30am to 10pm, daily.
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.