UNLIMITED servings of kampung-style dishes is the norm during the Ramadan season as diners look for comfort food reminiscent of home to break fast with.
For those opting to buka puasa in the city, the “Kampong Boy” promotion at Saffron Brasserie in Ancasa Hotel and Spa Kuala Lumpur is themed such to take diners on a gastronomic trail of kampung flavours.
The chefs who have years of experience cooking traditional Malay food have combined their ideas to feature different traditional recipes that are unique in their own way.
Visitors will definitely be tempted to savour more than 120 kampung treats this Ramadan.
A collection of stalls will be set up at the restaurant with innovative names hanging overhead such as Pembuka Selera Kampung Medan, Warong Kampong Pandan, Foch Avenue Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Warong Kampong Mempaga Tiga, Warong Kampong Kaspillay and Warong Kampong Bham.
For starters, there are myriad salads at the Pembuka Selera Kampung Medan stall featuring ulam-ulaman kampung, kerabu taugeh kerang and jelatah timun.
The appetisers also offer local fried snacks like tempeh goreng and begedil kentang.
Heartier favourites can be found at the main course area with a wide selection of traditional dishes like Rendang Ayam Pucuk Maman, Daging Masak Hitam, Udang Rangup Iman Madina, Sotong Sumbat Sos Pedas, Jenahak Sos Lada Itam, Dalca Tulang Kambing, Sambal Tempeh, as well as Rebung Masak Lemak Cili Api, which are the main highlights of the spread.
The dishes I enjoyed most were Rendang Ayam Pucuk Maman and Sotong Sumbat Sos Pedas.
What made the Rendang Ayam Pucuk Maman so special was its robust and appetising flavours derived from the exhilarating combination of numerous herbs, chillies and pucuk maman.
The chicken pieces in the dish were well infused with the sauce, giving a burst of flavours when eaten.
As for the Sotong Sumbat Sos Pedas, the small squid was stuffed with a mixture of chicken, prawns and vegetables, making the overall dish juicy and delightful.
Kambing golek, a massive whole roasted lamb is an attraction not to be missed. The meat was simply tender and fell apart easily.
For local street favourites, the ikan bakar (grilled fish) stall is the place to go to as it has different kinds of grilled fish including stingray.
Wrapped with banana leaf before grilling, the fish is marinated in spicy bright orange chilli sauce that helps enhance the seafood’s flavour.
Over at the Warong Kampong Malaysia stall, an all-time Penang favourite of nasi kandar is served.
Here, diners get to enjoy savoury seafood kandar as one can select the kind of seafood preferred and place an order with the chefs.
The seafood kandar concept was created by Ancasa Hotel and Spa Kuala Lumpur executive chef Moses Englu and Malay chef Mariam Ibrahim to give something other than the ordinary nasi kandar.
My personal favourite was the apam balik from the Ayu Apam Balik as it was crunchy and crispy.
The apam balik, loaded with generous amounts of roasted peanuts, cream corns and sugar, put a smile on my face.
Diners will be spoilt for choice at the Warong Batu Road section for its colourful, appetising desserts and Malaysian kuih such as kuih ketayap, kuih wajik, kuih talam, kuih seri muka and pastries.
The “Kampong Boy” Ramadan buffet will be available for dinner between 7pm and 10pm, from May 17 until June 13, priced at RM68 per adult and RM40 per child.
Those who place bookings before May 12, are entitled to the early-bird price of RM58 per person.
SAFFRON BRASSERIE, Ancasa Hotel and Spa Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2026 6060). Business hours: 6am to 10pm (daily).
This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.
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