We reckon coming in a close second has to be grilled seafood, ranging from irresistible flower crabs to stuffed squid. The ones we had were fresh and sweet, their delicate flesh imbued with hints of spices.
Suffice to say, just the sight and aroma of them being grilled alone would leave you drooling. Other choices to try include local fishes: kembung and pari which are perennial crowd faves.
Of course, no buka puasa dinner is ever without the all-time Malaysian satay and rightly so. Whether it's beef or chicken, these tempting skewers must be enjoyed with the trad accompaniments of nasi impit (ketupat is even better!), peanut sauce, chunks of cucumber and onion.
True to its Sajian Nostalgia Kampung theme, the spread offers plenty of familiar delicacies such as tahu sumbat (stuffed fried beancurd with yambean and carrot shreds), assorted fresh ulam and kerabu (the kerabu tempeh ikan bilis is rad) alongside a wide plethora of kampung-style main dishes.
City folks would be pleased to find yummy fried snacks: keropok lekor, spring rolls, sweet potato and banana fritters to nibble on. Our multi-racial foodscape means yong tau foo, steamed baos (top marks for the chicken barbecued buns), siew mai dumplings, nasi briyani and acar sayur would likely be on the menu. We can vouch for the specialities mentioned on the sedap scale.
Kid-friendly fare is part of the equation too. My finicky teen gave thumbs up to the fried rice, spice marinated fried chicken, ayam madu mamak and deep-fried prawns with oats.
For reservations, call Spring Garden, tel: 03-8889 1188. The restaurant is located at Taman Botani Putrajaya, Presint 1, Putrajaya. Reservations are advisable during the fasting month.