Ramadhan is the ninth month on the Islamic calendar - time when Muslims seek to reunite with family and friends. Whether you're residing in Melaka or just visiting, invite your loved ones to share a good 'buka puasa' dinner in the comfort of Hotel Equatorial Melaka’s (HEM) Phoenix Ballroom.
HEM Executive Chef Mohamad Shariff and his team will roll out the red carpet for you food-wise, cooking up an extensive range of local and international dishes with some Middle Eastern cuisine starting from 18 June to 17 July 2015.
Recommended starter to sample will be Squid and Mango Salad, a classic combination of crispy yellow mango and squid julienne; perked up with fish sauce, lemon juice and traditional Nyonya sambal belacan.
One of the main courses that should strike a chord will be Prawns with Bamboo Shoot - fried marinated prawns and bamboo shoot coated in traditional Malay sambal.
Of course, no stopover in Melaka is complete without relishing some asam pedas - hot & sour fish curry. You'd want repeat helpings of Ikan Pari Assam Manga Muda (Braised Stingray with Spicy Young Mango Sauce) from the wide array of tempting dishes available. A droolworthy creation to appreciate the fleshy meat, soused in a robust gravy redolent with fresh turmeric and tamarind paste nuances.
For a heady sampling of Middle Eastern flavours, keep your eyes peeled for Roasted Rack of Lamb with Kabsa Rice. Marinated with seven exotic Arabian spices, the juicy lamb then bestows its rich accent to the fluffy rice alongside tomato, hardboiled egg and capsicum.
Alternatively, try Shish Tauk with Saffron Rice irresistibly redolent with the soulful overtones of Middle Eastern spices such as sumac and paprika. Served with skewers of grilled chicken kebabs for added appeal.
A major centrepiece at many buka puasa buffets, a whole roast lamb will also be given pride of place at HEM's. You must grab some slices of the tender meat imbued with Arabian spices and paprika and pair it with delicious Middle Eastern Biryani rice for that magical 1001 Arabian nights experience.
Always leave room for those perennial delights of Nyonya Layer Cake and kuihs. Rich, creamy and slightly bouncy to the bite, you'd never tire of eating the sweet treats to wrap up your scrumptious dinner.
Early bird bookings will receive a 20% discount - call HEM to reserve seats and tables from 15 May to 17 June 2015. The usual price is RM88 nett per adult and RM44 nett per child. For reservations, call HOTEL EQUATORIAL MELAKA, tel: 06 282 8333 ext: 3331.