ONE of the best ways to welcome National Day is to celebrate the occasion by savouring local delicacies that truly represent Malaysia.
A significant crowd favourite is none other than nasi lemak.
Knowing its appeal among diners, Grand Ion Delemen Hotel in Genting Highlands has created a food promotion called The Ultimate Nasi Lemak Buffet.
The dish synonymous with Malaysians feature the all-time favourite of steamed rice with coconut milk aromatised with pandan leaves, served with spicy sweet sambal, fried anchovies, roasted peanuts, hard-boiled egg and slices of cucumber.
Executive chef Sam Khaw said nasi lemak was enjoyed by all Malaysians hence the buffet which would feature everything about nasi lemak as well as special state recipes.
“The buffet comprises a wide range of mouthwatering fiery rendang and mild curries, there are varieties for everyone, even children.
“Nasi Lemak Burger is among the main highlights where soft fluffy buns are sandwiched with juicy coconut-flavoured chicken patty, fried egg, caramelised onions and cucumber slices topped with sambal.
“There is also Nasi Lemak Pizza with a contemporary twist added to the flat round base of dough.
“In short, there is a burst of nasi lemak flavour in every bite. It is simply irresistible, ” Khaw said.
He said diners craving for rendang and curries could opt for the Rendang Ayam Kuala Kangsar, pairing it with rice infused with coconut milk, fenugreek and pandan juice aptly called Nasi Lemak Halba Kuala Kangsar.
The other coconut rice variety is Nasi Lemak Pandan Kampung Baru.
“To evoke the nostalgic flavours of Malay cooking, the chicken is marinated overnight with exotic spices and mixed herbs before being slowly stewed for two hours to retain the meat’s juicy moisture, ” he said, adding that Paru Goreng Berlada Seri Menanti and Ikan Keli Sambal Bukit Melawati were also dishes on the menu.
Khaw also recommended Rendang Kerang Batu Pahat, a dish of cockles simmered in a blend of spices prepared the way Johoreans do it.
Diners can also look out for locally-inspired appetisers such as Pulut Kuning Berlapis Sambal Billis and Hati Ayam with Kacang Buncis, which are dishes not commonly found on a buffet.
For dessert, the choice of tropical fruits and an array of nasi lemak-inspired treats such as Cucumber Panna Cotta, Coconut Jelly and Nasi Lemak Ice Cream should entice the sweet-toothed.
Do not worry about finding a spicy aftertaste in the ice cream as this creamy treat is made with lemongrass and coconut milk.
The buffet is priced at RM62nett for adults and RM31nett for children, aged 12 and below and senior citizens, aged 60 and above.
For group bookings with a minimum of 30 persons, there is a special discount of RM45nett per person.
The buffet is available on Aug 31, Sept 1, Sept 14 and Sept 15 from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.
KEMBALI KITCHEN, Grand Ion Delemen Hotel, Level 7, Jalan Ion Delemen 1, Genting Highlands, Pahang. (Tel: 03-6433 2200 ext 8123) Business hours: 7am to 11pm.
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.