FANCY some sambal with dim sum? It has proved to be a good combination.
Unlike a sit-down dinner where there is less room to improvise, a buffet, such as the one at JPTeres in Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, allows you to indulge and experiment with a variety of cuisines and flavours no matter how bizarre the combination.
At the restaurant, I paired my dim sum with sambal ketuk (pounded sambal paste), and it was delicious.
The sambal concoction comprised chillies, onions, garlic, tomatoes and anchovies that is dry-roasted and then pounded.
While the sambal is meant to be enjoyed with rice, I paired it with almost everything.
The restaurant offers a nice variety of traditional Malay dishes prepared the old-fashioned way to ensure authenticity, and they complement the various Malay sambal too.
Sous chef Mohamad Nazib Omar said they prepared the most authentic and popular Malay dishes and sauces.
“You are bound to find someone’s favourite here, from sambal ketuk, sambal gesek and sambal mangga to sambal kerisik.
“Our kerabu dishes are popular appetisers and we serve a variety of them,’’ he said.
Kerabu is a local salad that has vegetables, fruits and sometimes meat or seafood.
The mango kerabu and long bean kerabu were my favourites. The former had young mango cooked with onions, chillies, coriander and lime.
With the theme “Citarasa Malaysia”, Mohamad Nazib said 23 chefs from all over Malaysia who worked at the restaurant contributed their personal recipes for Ramadan.
The buffet spread offers everything from appetisers and condiments to main dishes. There are 13 live action stations.
There is also roti canai, various Asian noodles and Indian bread.
The Ramadan buffet is until June 13, from 7pm to 11pm. Full pre-payment is required to guarantee a booking.
It is priced at RM178 nett per adult and RM89 nett per child.
Group bookings until June 13 are RM168 nett per person.
A minimum booking of 20 people is required.
JPTERES, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, 12, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2182 1234) Business hours: 11.30am to 11pm, daily.
This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.
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