Indonesian fare for a difference





Ahmad (left) and Muhammad Hafiz have more than 150 dishes on rotation for the Ramadan buffet at Nook next month. — Photos: SHAARI CHE MAT/The Star

Ahmad (left) and Muhammad Hafiz have more than 150 dishes on rotation for the Ramadan buffet at Nook next month. — Photos: SHAARI CHE MAT/The Star

AN Indonesian-type buffet is a novel idea for the break of fast.

As the fasting month approaches, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral is ready to welcome guests to its line-up of local and Indonesian fare which is expected to lure the crowd in.

Nook sous chef Ahmad Zaki and junior sous chef Muhammad Hafiz Izham have identified more than 150 dishes to tantalise diners’ taste buds in May.

“During Ramadan, most restaurants will promote kampung-style food but we have decided to offer Indonesian dishes alongside popular local favourites,” said Ahmad.

Some of the highlights of the Indonesian dishes include Kambing Bakar Bumbu and Daging Sapi Gongso.

Kambing Bakar Bumbu is mutton marinated in spices such as turmeric, coriander seeds, chilli powder, ginger and lemongrass, then roasted for about three hours while Daging Sapi Gongso is a sweet and spicy braised lamb dish.

Indonesian food also has a range of sambal that are best paired with rice dishes like Nasi Kebuli, which is steamed rice using goat broth, milk and ghee.

Gulai Kawah Kari Telur is served in a large wok for the break of fast.
Gulai Kawah Kari Telur is served in a large wok for the break of fast.

The sambal can also be served as a dip accompanying fish, prawn or vegetable keropok (crackers).

The types of sambal to look forward to include sambal matah, sambal cabe ijo and sambal terasi.

Ahmad said Jakarta was popular for its street food and cilok (meatballs skewers) was popular among Indonesians.

This Indonesian street fare has been added to the buffet spread in addition to the well-loved chicken and beef satay.

There will also be a special section for gulai kawah, which are egg, beef and fish curry dishes prepared and presented in large woks.

Other Indonesian delights to expect are bakso (meatball soup), Ayam Cabe Ijo (green chilli chicken sambal), Tempeh Goreng Berempah and gado gado.

Daging Sapi Gongso, sweet and spicy braised lamb, is among the Indonesian dishes on the buffet.
Daging Sapi Gongso, sweet and spicy braised lamb, is among the Indonesian dishes on the buffet.

The Ramadan buffet will also feature Chinese, Indian and Western dishes such as Wok-fried Kam Heong Crab, Szechuan Style Bean Curd, Lamb Vindaloo, Spicy Mutton Masala and Vegetable Lasagna.

Bubur Sum Sum is a must-try at the dessert section. This rice flour-based dessert is served with palm sugar.

Early bird vouchers are available until May 3, priced at RM105nett each.

For groups of more than 26 people, the vouchers are priced at RM95nett each. The vouchers are valid from May 7 to June 3.

From May 4, the buffet is priced at RM138 per person.

Diners are encouraged to make reservations.

 

Bubur Sum Sum served with palm sugar syrup is a must-try dessert for the sweet-toothed.
Bubur Sum Sum served with palm sugar syrup is a must-try dessert for the sweet-toothed.

NOOK, Level 1, Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral, 5, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur (Tel: 03-2723 1188) Business hours: 6.30am to midnight.

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