A taste of Borneo

Royale Songket Restaurant, 
Ground Floor, The Grand BlueWave Hotel, 
Persiaran Perbandaran, 
Section 14, Shah Alam.
Tel: 03-5577 8811 ext 2613 or 1800-38-1388
Business hours: Noon to 2.30pm, Monday to Friday

IN CONJUNCTION with its Borneo Food Fiesta this month, Royale Songket Restaurant has come up with a unique array of dishes from Sabah, Sarawak, Kalimantan and Brunei.

The-buffet style spread comprises an assortment of traditional dishes, altered to suit the more pronounced palate of West Malaysians, said executive sous chef Abdul Rashid Mohd Yusop.

“We wanted to give West Malaysians a chance to try Borneo’s delicacies by creating dishes that keep 60% of the original taste, allowing diners to become accustomed to the different flavours,” said Abdul Rashid.

We were first served the restaurant’s signature dish, Ambuyat. This item is an acquired taste and is a staple food for people of Kadazan-Dusun origin.

Hinava, traditional Kadazan-Dusun dish cooked with fresh fish, red chillies and lime.

“It is a starchy dish made of sago, as a replacement for rice and should be eaten with the deliciously spicy Pucuk Paku Goreng Cili, Ulam with Belacan or Ikan Tenggiri Rebus (steamed mackerel),” said Abdul Rashid.

Another speciality is the restaurant’s Pinaranas Sada, in which the raw fish is naturally pickled for at least three days before being fried, giving it an interestingly sour acidity.

The rich, lightly creamy Udang Masak Lemak Kapayas is finely baked and steamed with salted fish for its savoury taste with the young papaya providing a contrasting flavour.

Their Nasi Lapola Maluku is sinfully cooked with velvety chicken liver, seasoned with natural herbs and spices, taking an ordinary side-dish up a notch.

Other famous delicacies include Laksa Sarawak, Ikan Ampap and Maasim Maanghang Posit (Hot and Sour Squid), with a menu that rotates daily, giving guests the chance to try different delights each day.

Sushi and Western dishes such as Roasted Rosemary Lamb Peppercorn with Mint Chutney Sauce are also available, providing guests with a wider range of choices.

The promotion is available this month at RM75++ for adults, RM37.50 for children aged between four and 11 while senior citizens aged 60 and above pay RM55++ per person.

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

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A taste of Borneo


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