Melting Pot Cafe offers a variety of Penang and Johor specialities


By JOY LEE

A rare treat: The buffet features Nasi Ambeng, a dish that is said to be hard to find.

Melting Pot Café (Lobby) 

and Grand Ballroom (Level 1), 

Concorde Hotel Shah Alam, 

3, Jalan Tengku Ampuan Zabedah C9/C, 

Shah Alam, Selangor. 

Tel: 03-5512 2200 ext 2304

Business hours: 6.30pm to 10.30pm daily (during Ramadan).

THE lack of variety is something diners cannot complain about at Concorde Hotel Shah Alam. Here, they are spoilt for choice as the kitchen bubbles with an enthralling array of authentic Penang and Johor specialities during Ramadan.

There are over 100 dishes available at Concorde Hotel’s Melting Pot Café’s Ramadan buffet, spread out through the week so that diners can enjoy something new every day.

Following the success of the Padang-themed spread for Ramadan last year, Chef Syahuddin Arshad said the hotel was offering diners a mix of northern and southern cuisines this year.

Concorde has got industry stalwart chef Abdul Kinchi Mydin to helm the kitchen this time round to provide guests with the best of Penang fare. Mydin, from Penang, is a master in cooking Penang delicacies, particularly nasi kandar dishes.

He has more than 55 years of culinary experience and will be whipping up dishes like Ayam Masak Madu, Daging Masak Hitam, Crab Curry and Udang Galah Masala.

His signature dish is the humble but flavourful Fish Head Curry, which is a burst of flavours in your mouth. Thick and delicious, the curry is not very hot and can be enjoyed by those who cannot take spicy food.

Asked if there were any secret ingredients to make his dish special, Mydin smiles and shakes his head. “It is like any normal Fish Head Curry. The other dishes are done the way they would normally be cooked,” he said.

Perhaps, this is what makes his cooking special: he keeps his creations authentic.

Syahuddin, or more fondly referred to as chef Dino, has also included some of his Johor favourites in the menu such as Mee Rebus Muar, Gear Box Soup, botok botok and Laksa Johor.

But his signature dish, Nasi Briyani Gam, is a must-try. It is a wholesome dish of chicken, beef or mutton cooked with fragrant, coloured long grains and spiced rice served with curry and pickled cucumber.

The spices in the dish give it a distinctive taste without being pungent or overpowering.

The buffet will also feature appetisers such as Nyonya Kerabu Mangga, assorted acar as well as lemang and ketupat with serunding.

Guests can then move on to a variety of soups including bubur lambuk and Sup Ekor Berempah before sampling the mains.

Other dishes served are mee Bandung, Penang Assam Laksa, Spicy Marinated Baramundi and Mamak Spiced Roasted Whole Lamb.

And to cap the meal, guests can wind down the night with an array of Malay kuih and other local desserts such as bubur kacang, ABC (ais kacang) and pengat pisang.

The buffet is priced at RM89++ per person and RM44.50++ per children. Catch the special promotion of RM69++ per person during the last three days of Ramadan. On other days, one diner will be able to break fast for free with every 10 paying guests.

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

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