SITTING down to savour a truly Malaysian culinary spread is exactly what most diners look forward to when it is time to break their fast.
Hilton Kuala Lumpur is celebrating food and culture inspired by Ramadan’s true spirit of giving and sharing in the spirit of jom makan.
This common term embraced by all Malaysians to mean “let’s eat” perfectly encapsulates the culmination of good food, get-togethers and celebration with loved ones.
This year, the hotel is highlighting an array of all-time favourites, offering more than 300 dishes at its signature restaurant, Vasco’s.
Featuring “Santapan DiRaja” buffet, in other words, a meal fit for a king, guests can look forward to food usually enjoyed by royal families in Malaysia.
It would be hard to single out one item to go for as there is such an amazing assortment of Malaysian starters, various curries from the different states, noodles and even Western fare, not to mention desserts to satisfy every sweet toothed diner.
Guests can savour unique salads such as Kerabu Ayam Bersama Pucuk Paku Sri Paduka Raja (chicken salad with fern leaf and lemongrass); Sweet and Sour Salted Fish Achar with Pineapple; Pasembur Kota Lama; Urap Pegaga bersama Udang Batu Jemala (tossed pegaga leaf with spicy shredded coconut) and Kerabu Jantung Pisang Malin Kundang (banana heart salad with herbs).
Try something different from your ordinary everyday curry – the Gulai Clay Pot (at the action station) with beef vein, tripe and roasted beef, has an unusual sour yet spicy tinge mixed with a smokey flavour.
Up your spice quotient with Ayam Masak Rendang Cili Api Istana Menanti (braised chicken with herbs and cili padi) – a Negri Sembilan speciality. And not for the faint-hearted – Pais Ikan Patin Tempoyak Istana Abu Bakar (grilled fresh water cat fish with fermented durian) which you will either love or hate!
Look out for the Ketupat Sotong Istana Anak Bukit (stuffed squid with minced seafood served with coconut gravy), a rare and appetising treat, and there is even roast lamb and skewered chicken to go with Arabic briyani rice (Panggangan Membara Seantero Dunia).
For a truly hearty broth, the Sup Berempah Laksamana Melaka which contains beef ribs, oxtail, beef tongue and lamb is served with condiments like sambal kicap, sambal merah utara, spring onions and sliced cabbage.
Less adventurous diners can help themselves to Char Kuey Teow Kerang Raja Bersiong, “Malaysianised” pizza such as rendang, chicken serunding, satay pizza as well as pastas, breads, not to mention fresh oysters, crayfish and other seafood and a host of dishes from other cultures as well.
Western desserts such as cakes and pastries are in abundance but in particular, look out for jala mas and tahi itik which unlike their names, are sweet Kelantan desserts that will leave you wanting more.
Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, guests will be treated to traditional silat and gamelan performances.
The buka puasa buffet dinner is available from May 5 to June 4 from 6pm to 10.30pm.
It is priced at at RM188 nett per adult and RM100 nett per child.
VASCO’S, Lobby Level, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, 3 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2264 2264). Business hours: 6am to midnight, daily. Pork-free.
This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.