AFTER a long day of fasting, you can look forward to scrumptious fare featuring favourite kampung specialities at Gobo Chit Chat’s “Citarasa Santapan Ramadan” buffet.
There is something for everyone at the restaurant in Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, including Japanese and Western food.
Executive sous chef Mohd Amirul Ain Ismail said a new attraction, this year, is the live cooking stations where guests can see their favourite food made in front of them.
The grilling station also has a selection of seafood, from fish like stingray and pomfret to mussels and prawns for you to choose.
Prepared fresh at the buffet are roti canai and murtabak, and also popiah basah, where international guests can observe how these simple local treats are made.
If you are not keen on spicy food, just tell the chef that you prefer the thick spicy sauce on the side.
However, having the popiah stuffed with cabbage, carrots, fried shallots, and pucuk paku topped with crushed peanuts is quite filling.
Next to the popiah counter is a large wok of fragrant sup gear box, that is also a must-try.
Instead of having a variety of satay selections, Mohd Amirul went with simple chicken and beef satay.
The marinade makes the chicken and beef flavourful and on the side are the usual cucumber, onions and nasi impit.
At the quick bites section, I sampled the otak-otak that was tasty and not spicy.
While most Ramadan buffets have grilled lamb, Mohd Amirul decided to change things up this year and marinated the lamb with curry, instead.
The result is fragrant and juicy meat packed with flavour.
You can choose to eat this on its own or pair it with lamb briyani.
This briyani is special because the basmati rice is stuffed into hollow bamboo shoots and slow-cooked with spices.
There is also white rice and nasi minyak to have with the selection of Daging Masak Kicap, sotong sambal, or the variety of the chef’s special kampung dishes such as Asam Pedas Daging Tetel, Masak Lemak Perut, Rebung dan Nangka, Keli Salai Masak Lemak, Masak Lemak Kerang with Pucuk Paku or Sambal Udang Petai.
There is also a selection of Chinese dishes such as the Steamed Siakap with Soy Sauce, mixed vegetables, and one of my favourites, Roasted Duck with Plum Sauce.
Quench your thirst with a selection of cool drinks like some iced jagung, sirap bandung, iced Milo or sugar cane.
There are more than 50 desserts on the buffet including pengat durian, bubur kacang hijau and pulut hitam, dodol, as well as assorted French pastries and 12 types of New Zealand ice cream.
The buffet is priced at RM125 nett per adult until June 9 and RM135 nett per adult from June 10 to 24.
For every group of six persons, one dines for free.
GOBO CHIT CHAT, Level 5, Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur City Centre (Tel: 03- 2332 9888) Business hours: 6.30am to 11pm, daily.
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.