WHAT better way is there to enjoy Ramadan than to be able to savour local dishes from Peninsular Malaysia?
Call it a culinary journey, because St Regis Kuala Lumpur will embark on transforming The Astor Room to celebrate a modern Malaysian heritage with its Barakat and Syukur buffets.
Chef de cuisine Norazizi Taslim and his team have whipped up local favourites with must-try dishes that include Mambau Smoked Lamb with fresh turmeric and bird’s eye chillies.
This Negri Sembilan speciality is similar to other masak lemak (coconut milk-based dishes) but here the meat and spices are simmered and cooked in only water, with no added oil.
The meat is smoked for several hours with kaffir lime leaves and chillies.
Fresh coconut milk is used to dial down the heat to render a slightly sweet flavour.
A sure crowd-pleaser is the Kampung Attap Prawn Sambal, with its spicy and sweet taste.
The prawns are cooked with torch ginger making this a fragrant offering.
It was not too spicy, so the natural sweetness from the prawns still comes through.
One of the buffet highlights this year is the Slow-Roasted Grass Fed Australian Spring Lamb Marinated with Malay Spices.
“The lamb is slow roasted for over 10 hours with lemongrass and galangal to tenderise the meat. It is served with a selection of pickles, mint sauce, mustard black pepper sauce and roasted coconut tamarind sauce,” Norazizi said.
One of the staples in the Ramadan promotion is briyani and the hotel’s Batu Pahat Basmati Moghul Gam Biryani does not disappoint.
Cooked over a charcoal stove, the rice’s smokiness complements the spices.
There will also be a seafood on ice section, a first for the Ramadan buffet at the hotel, and it is one of the 16 live action stations available for Ramadan.
Fresh lobsters from Sabah as well as clams, mussels and prawns are among the attractions.
Other must-try signature dishes include Sri Menanti Chicken Kalio, Melaka Spicy and Sour Red Mullet, as well as chicken and beef rendang.
These are accompanied by plain lemang (corn and pulut hitam) ketupat palas and beef and chicken serunding.
The Barakat and Syukur buffet promotion is from May 10 to June 2, priced at RM228++ per person.
THE ASTOR ROOM, St Regis Kuala Lumpur, No 6, Jalan Stesen Sentral 2, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2727 6696). Business hours: 6.30am to 10pm, daily.
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.