so I was looking forward to Masakan Mama, good honest home cooking, at the Parkroyal’s Ramadhan Buffet preview. I
wasn’t disappointed either. Most
of the dishes I sampled were definitely not made from ordinary recipes, but
instead were concocted with an inspired blend of aromatic spices and skilfully
rendered to produce delicious creations, several of which I felt were absolutely
|Kerabu Tempe dan Sotong|
|Ikan Duri Masak Berlada|
|Ketam Borlado Nogeri|
Some of the main dishes
looked similar, but each had a unique flavour. I enjoyed the spicy Ikan Duri Masak Berlada, fish in mixed
chillies and the Ketam Borlado Nogeri, chilli crab.
The chicken in the Ayam
Kapitan Nyonya was not at all tough, and it was interesting to be served
Otak-Otak Rambo, a well-seasoned fish paste, from a casserole rather than from
the grill. Other tasty dishes
included Kerutub Itik, stewed duck, and Daging Bahmia, beef cooked in cumin,
coriander and tomato paste.
and was as close to food perfection as I could wish. Rendang Hati or slow-cooked liver, might not sound at all
inspiring to many readers, but the fork-tender ox liver infused with
caramelized coconut, coconut milk and the ideal blend of spices was like a taste of
heaven. If you’ve always hated
liver, force yourself to try just a tiny morsel, and I’m sure you’ll be
hooked. Without a doubt, this was
the best Rendang I’ve ever eaten, and my dining companions were also very
impressed. Apparently, CNN conducted a poll to find the world’s favourite foods,
and Rendang was in the top 50.
It’s easy to understand why, since when Rendang is well-executed it’s always
|Patin Gulai Tempoyak|
Patin Gulai Tempoyak, catfish stewed in fermented durian. I’ve tried this combination a few
times, but the Parkroyal’s version was the best I’ve tasted, perhaps because the durian was not
overly fermented, and the spices complemented the fish perfectly.
|Bubur Pulut Hitam|
black rice cooked in coconut milk.
It was another success for the chefs at the Parkroyal. This combination is often
teeth-achingly sweet, but the judicious use of sugar produced a comforting rice
porridge, which I’m sure will remind diners of their mum’s home cooking.
visit: because this restaurant is serving a
number of less common Ramadhan specialties, and more importantly, to savour the
runs from July 21 to August 18 and is available from 7pm to 10:30pm daily. The buffet is priced at RM95++ for
adults and RM47.50++ for children aged 4 to 11. Guests staying at the Parkroyal are entitled to a 20%
discount on the buffet, while senior citizens above the age of 55 will enjoy a
50% discount. UOB, Standard
Chartered and CIMB card-members are offered special prices, while even greater
discounts will be offered to those with UOB cards for reservations made between
July 21 and 27.
for a minimum of 50 guests, at a cost of RM75++ per person. For reservations and enquiries, please
call (603) 2782-8447 or email [email protected]