ENJOYING comfort food reminiscent of kampung living is a treat after a long day of fasting during Ramadan.
Even better are dishes that spark excitement and anticipation for the tasty, familiar flavours that remind us of our childhood.
Taking diners on a local culinary journey, One World Hotel Petaling Jaya’s “Kembara Tujuh Sajian” promotion at Cinnamon Coffee House highlights time-tested kampung delicacies and street food from seven states – Selangor, Penang, Johor, Kedah, Melaka, Perak and Negri Sembilan.
The buffet is showcasing six rotational menus with more than 100 dishes daily, helmed by executive sous chef Saiful Baharin who is featuring favourites like Kari Ayam Kandar, Sambal Udang Petai, Kambing Semur Kerisik, Gulai Daging Tetel Kawah Tok, Asam Ikan Pedas, Perut Lembu Masak Cili Api and Sayur Pucuk Manis, to name a few.
When it comes to buffets that emphasise local food, I am often drawn to the kerabu section and my mouth starts to water when looking at the colourful selection of fresh, mixed sour, sweet and spicy appetisers.
The trick is to start slow, so I filled my plate with small portions of Kerabu Nenas and Sambal Nenas (pineapple salad and sambal), Kerabu Paru, Kerabu Sotong, ulam, Kerabu Mangga, Kerabu Betik and Kerabu Kepah. Some Telur Goreng Belada was added for protein. There was a good balance of flavours in all these dishes.
My second round was a little of the briyani rice, with lashings of Ayam Biryani Madu, Daging Masak Hitam Manis, Sambal Udang Petai, Kambing Masak Kuzi and Ikan Goreng Cili Hijau.
The seafood on ice was another eye-catcher, where fresh prawns, oysters, scallops, mussels and crabs glistened, beckoning diners.
If you are a fan of roti john, they have chicken and beef versions, including Chicken Shawarma, Carbonara Spring Rolls as well as Asian Style Beef and Chicken Pizza.
The mains also include Shepherd’s Pie, Baked Mussel Shrimp Parmigiana and Baked Lamb Sweet Peas and Mint Jus as well as Chicken Ala King Mushroom Sauce.
At the Indian section, the Labu Masala and Sotong Sambal are a must-try. One of the diners raved about the Keema Buritto.
There is also a Japanese section where you can have your sushi, sashimi, and maki with assorted condiments.
The restaurant’s array of action stations also dish out apam balik, rojak, bubur lambuk, Ayam/Ikan Goreng Berempah, ikan bakar, roasted whole lamb, ayam percik, popiah and fried carrot cake.
For soup, there’s crab meat and sweet corn soup, Sup Daging Membawang and mushroom garlic soup.
I can usually control myself at the dessert section, but I had a hard time doing this with the vast variety of Malay kuih and Fried Banana Roll Caramel Sauce.
Western desserts include Coconut Choux, Apple Cinnamon Frangipane, Baked Lime Cheesecake and Mango Panna Cotta among many others.
There’s also Chilled Sugar Cane Juice Lotus Seed Fungus to cleanse the palate.
The Kembara Tujuh Sajian promotion is from 6.30pm to 10.30pm daily until June 4, and priced at RM175 nett per adult and RM90 nett per child from ages six to 12. Reservations are encouraged.
CINNAMON COFFEE HOUSE, One World Hotel Petaling Jaya, First Avenue, Bandar Utama City Centre, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. (Tel: 03-7681 1157). Business hours: 6am to 1am daily.
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.