The holy month of Ramadhan is a time when Muslims the world over observe fasting from sunrise to sunset. Following the fasting is feasting where the faithful gather to partake in glorious food and give thanks for having fulfilled their religious obligations.
Words: R. Rajendra
The holy month of Ramadhan is a good opportunity to feast on traditional Asian delights. The Starwood Hotels & Resorts group in Malaysia offers memorable feasts with exciting menus for the breaking of fast at these venues till July 27, 2014. Latest Recipe at Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur brings tradition back with a food promotion titled Muhibbah that serves up authentic Malay dishes. At Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, Essence creates a night bazaar setting with over 150 local specialities such as Chicken Briyani and Ayam Percik Terengganu (grilled chicken) spread on a 120-metre long buffet table! At Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral, take your taste buds on a foodie adventure with an A-list Malaysian Feast promo at Nook that serves up dishes like Stuffed Whole Lamb Kuzi. If you’re heading to Kota Kinabalu, drop by Circle Restaurant to breakfast at the Berbuka Puasa buffet serving local and international cuisines. www.lemeridienkualalumpur.com, www.sheratonimperialkualalumpur.com, www.alofthotels.com/kualalumpur, www.lemeridien.com/kotakinabalu
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Yau char kway, which translates as ‘deep-fried devils’ in Cantonese (yutiau in Mandarin), are deep-fried dough sticks that are a popular breakfast item in southern parts of China, as well as Southeast Asian countries. Yau char kway is crisp on the outside with a doughy interior. The Chinese prefer eating it with congee or dipping it into black coffee. Slices of yau char kway are also served with bak kut teh – a uniquely Malaysian Chinese herbal meat stew. The Malays too have taken a shining to the crullers and eat them dipped in spicy peanut sauce, while in South Thailand, a thick layer of kaya (egg custard) is slathered on the hot dough.
BEST STEAK IN TOWN
Virtually an institution in Malaysia, The Ship has been serving up delicious Western dishes and Malaysian favourites for over 40 years now. With restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya and Penang, The Ship offers crowd pleasers such as Oysters Rockefeller, a baked oyster dish with spinach and chicken bacon; and Escargots Bourguignonne, the restaurant’s version of baked French snails. The main attraction is undoubtedly prime cuts such as rib-eye, sirloin, T-bone and fillet mignon – all cooked to perfection and served with delectable sauces and sides. Enjoy these offerings in the nautical-themed ambience of the restaurant, and when visiting the Bukit Bintang outlet, adjourn upstairs for a live band and an entertaining revue at Funtheque! www.theship.com.my
With designated prayer rooms for diners to fulfil their religious duties before breaking fast, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre presents an exciting Ramadhan buffet titled Kampung in the City with classics such as Ayam Panggang Percik Gula Kabung (grilled chicken) and Ikan Pari Asam Pedas (stingray in hot tangy sauce) amongst others. The focus is on traditional favourites that city slickers will surely appreciate, and chefs will be dishing out many of these time honoured dishes straight from ‘Chef Action Stations’. www.klccconventioncentre.com
INDIA ON A PLATE
Jewel of India offers quick, authentic and delicious Indian cuisine made from natural ingredients and cooked using old family recipes. With a wide variety of dishes, finger foods, naan breads and side dishes, the range brings you fresh and flavour some meals that are ready in mere minutes. The Jewel of India range of quick meals retails from approx. USD6.50 to USD8.35 and is available at Woolworths, Coles, Thomas Dux and David Jones in Australia. www.jewelofindiacurries.com.au
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