Sunday, June 21, 2015


Classic Malay dishes and treasured family recipes from chefs Mohamad Zaidi Md Salleh, Shahril Firdaus Razale (top right) and Shahrom Saari (top left) take pride of place at The Majestic KL’s expansive breaking of fast buffet.
Right from the get-go, I find the Pajeri Kedondong - a special recipe belonging to Chef Shahril’s mother - a refreshing change from the more common, sharper tasting pajeri nenas. Slightly softened post gentle simmering, the little bulbous ambarella (spondias ducis) fruits make appetite-whetting mouthful in mildly spiced and tangy curry.
Comforting kampong-style Sayur Lemak Pucuk Manis – a type of leafy vegetable (sauropus androgynous) widely planted in villages also stands out for its rustic simplicity, cooked with coconut milk and dried shrimp.
The spice-rubbed Roast Lamb with Briyani is another crowd favourite; a delectable pairing of tender, gamey meat slices with fluffy, aromatically spiced long grain rice. Love ikan bakar? Grilled local fishes wrapped in banana leaves complemented by assorted dips are also served.
Chicken dishes that score highly in our book include Ayam Pongteh and Ayam Goreng Kunyit. Both options are memorable for moist chunky meat thoroughly scented by the distinctly different mixtures of dry and fresh spices designed to tempt the palate.
The breaking of fast buffets during this month usually boast some of the best Satays and The Majestic KL is no different. Served from a traditional charcoal grill pit similar to that of itinerant hawkers of old, the delicious beef and chicken skewers are good enough to eat on their own.
Action stalls proffering piping hot Roti Canai and Murtabak, Goreng-goreng (cempedak, tapioca and sweet potato) and Mee Rebus are notable too so make sure you stop by to grab your share.

Festive staples such as Serunding, Ketupat Palas, Lemang and Ketupat are served too, to get you into the Hari Raya mood ahead of time. 
After the surfeit of savoury fare, kick back with a cup of hot Nescafe, milky teh tarik or a bowl of Ais Kacang. Round the meal off with customary festive nibbles and sweet treats such as Rempeyek, Pineapple Tarts, Kuih Lapis, Tapai Ubi & Pulut, Kuih Bakar, Kuih Ros and assorted cookies.

The Majestic Festive Banquet Dinner is priced at RM100 nett per person until 18 July. For reservations, please call tel: 03-2785 8000. THE MAJESTIC KL is located at 5, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, Kuala Lumpur.

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