1. Black Angus Ribeye at Chambers Grill, Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Black Angus Rib Eye (350g)
Being known as one of the most well-marbled steaks of all, the Black Angus Rib Eye is a delight that hardly any beef aficionados could resist. The steak is packed with such beefy flavors that just a pinch of salt and black pepper is enough to accentuate its tastiness. Grilled to perfection, the rib eye will gratify you with its natural tenderness and exquisite taste which would keep you coming back for more.
2. Beef Ribs Served In A Dry Green Curry at Tamarind Hill Kuala Lumpur
Beef Ribs Served in A Dry Green Curry
Despite its unpretentious presentation, this Beef Ribs Served in A Dry Green Curry has such a flavor that will make you feel awestruck. The beef can easily entice your taste buds with its hint of sweetness from the coconut milk and fresh smell from the Thai basil. Every shred of the meat exudes a succulent taste which will give you excitement in every bite. Rich in flavor and amazingly tender, this dish is a real winner in taste!
A true beef connoisseur would not ignore this Daging Rusuk – a whole solid big chunk of meat presented nicely along with acar, air asam jawa sauce and sambal kicap sauce. After hours of marination, the beef rib is grilled to perfection on an open coal fire until it has a beautiful charred skin which can easily whet your palate just by its look. Flavorful and juicy, each shred of the meat will disintegrate on your tongue without further notice. Mingle the beef with the air asam jawa sauce and its citrus taste will balance out the strong flavor of the beef while the sambal kicap will enhance the beef’s sweetness.
If you are an avid foodie who loves traditional Malay dishes, this Rusuk Pangang is a definitely a dish you cannot forgo! Only the best Australian short ribs are carefully chosen and meticulously prepared to be char-grilled until it is on point. Not only filled with beefy taste which is absolutely palate-pleasing, the dish is skillfully prepared to give diners a refreshing twist. The perfectly grilled short ribs are served with pegedil, sweet soy sauce and of course the all-time favorite sambal belacan.
5. Espresso Braised Beef Short Ribs at Two-Ox French Bistro Bar
Espresso Braised Beef Short Ribs
Beef with espresso? Yes, you saw it right! Should you scout for an adventure in taste, look no further than this Espresso Braised Short Ribs. The short ribs are selected carefully by the chefs to be slowly cooked for hours with fine condiments, soft fondant potatoes and king oyster mushrooms before being braised in the special bittersweet espresso sauce for hours until it’s lip-smackingly tender and moist. A superb delight for those who love to delight their taste buds.
Last week, we received an invitation from Bijan Bar & Restaurant to a sneak preview of their Kampung Warisan Buffet to celebrate this Ramadan 2018. We had a great deal of excitement and expectation as we were about to enjoy a sumptuous feast at one of the upscale Malay fine-dining restaurants in KL. In this holy month, the restaurant will serve a compelling assortment of fine cuisine in kampung style curated by Head Chef Shawai and his culinary team. Of course, my team and I would not pass up this chance.
We were stunned as in front of our eyes was an extravagant spread of delectable appetizers, mains and desserts laid out on the buffet aisle. It was really enjoyable to see live-cooking stalls with friendly chefs who tailor-made all of these old-school favorites. We were ready to get spoilt!
I started with Nasi Lemak Pandan as it had an eye-catching green color and inviting sweet scent. It was tender and fluffy, aromatic and ambrosially rich in flavor exuded from the coconut and pandan leaves. The Nasi Lemak with its subtle creaminess and sweetness was downright great!
The Masak Lemak Ikan Salai Bacang stood out with its yellowish gravy and a red flower-shaped chili lain on top of it. I love how tastily rich and soft the Ikan was yet it was not flaky at all. The Bacang was an excellent choice as it added a bit of sweet and sour flavor; hence, balanced the greasiness of the fish.
Next came Kerutup Itik and Opor Daging.
First up, Kerutup Itik. The Kerutup was gratifyingly tender with a tantalizing scent coming from various herbs and spices. A hint of piquancy lingered on the tip of my tongue, followed by a natural sweetness from the duck. What I love the most was the spot-on moistness of the meat as without a skillful hand, the meat can either be excessively juicy or overly dry.
Opor Daging – which is beef slowly cooked in coconut milk, allured me by its impressively flavorful smell. It was, of course, tangy and fat as a result of being braised in the coconut milk. At the same time, the beef was incredibly tender and within a few seconds inside the mouth, the Daging emanated a comfortably beefy taste which was absolutely outstanding.
If you are prawn aficionados then it’s time to whet your appetite because these two upcoming dishes will definitely capture your heart.
Udang Sambal Berempah is a spicy dish that would also mingle perfectly with the Nasi Lemak Pandan. Though its spiciness tingled my whole tongue, the freshness of the prawn was still spot-on. A decent heap of spices and heat crept into my nose and enticed all the taste buds. Simply too good to pass up!
What would it be to taste udang with tempoyak (fermented durian)? I was swept away after the first bite – the prawn was so rich and deep in flavor which I believe only tempoyak can bring such taste to it. The udang oozed its own sweetness which was then complimented by an exquisite flavor and fatness from the tempoyak. This intense richness was so addictive that I could not help but picked one more piece. It was such a guilty pleasure.
I could wait no more to introduce my 3 favorite dishes of the day.
Don’t be deceived by the Ketam Cili Bersantan‘s unpretentious look as your mind will be blown after the first bite. I was gobsmacked! The crab was perfectly cooked until its meat became buttery, incredibly soft and truly melt-in-the-mouth. There is no shortcoming in terms of taste. It totally won my heart for its tantalizing creaminess and perfect spiciness. And I know I might sound over-exaggerating but it was truly heaven in your mouth!
The golden-hued ‘kerisik’ (toasted coconut) and its tempting smell silently triggered my salivation. The beef was wonderfully flavorful! The luscious sweetness from the beef mixed nicely with the kerisik which then enticed all the five senses. Every shred of the meat boasted a tangy and honey-like flavor on the tip of the tongue. What can I say? Extraordinarily scrumptious!
It took me a few seconds to realize these stunning morsels are Otak-otak. Innovatively wrapped in a unique way which showcased its attractive yellowish color, the Otak-otak totally captured my attention once they were brought out. Its incredible tenderness was spot-on. I still remember vividly the spiciness, fieriness and molten goodness blended well together in just one bite, leaving my eyes close in admiration. I was totally in awe!
I am an ardent advocate of Kerabu, to be honest. I love the burst of rich and fresh flavor when the Kerabu hits the tongue and the robust aftertaste that lingers once you savored every morsel. Of course you should not miss the 3 dishes of Kerabuhere which are Kerabu Isi Ketam, Kerabu Ikan Pari and Kerabu Kerang Bersantan.
It’s time for some noodles!
I grabbed a bowl and started to customize my own Laksa Kedah. A hint of “pedas-ness” hit my tongue within a second, followed by the combination of sourness and sweetness from the broth. If chili is not enough to titillate your taste buds, just take a dollop of sambal for a spicy kick!
It was the first time I had ever heard about Laksam – a laksa dish which is commonly found in the East Coast. The rice noodles were made nicely into multi-layer flat rolls. I was excited to shower these fine cuts with the rich and creamy kuah putih – a white gravy made from coconut and fish. The softness and freshness of the rice noodles made every bite a pleasant treat. The kuah putih was tangy and as elegant as it seemed, it added a hint of coconut flavor which was enjoyable and slightly sweet. I love it!
Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Asam Pedas stand which tucked away in the corner. Here you can pick your favorite ingredients such as Ikan Pari, Ikan Kembung and Daging and get the fiery hot Asam Pedas brought to your table in the blink of an eye.
Finally, it was time to please my sweet tooth – dessert time! The bite-sized desserts fed our eyes with their attractively colorful looks and various shapes. Here comes a quick tour for it.
My two most favorites are Apam Balik and Pengat Pulut Durian.
I firstly went to the Apam Balik section as it was freshly made on the spot and you can customize your own Apam Balik! Nevertheless, the chef would generously give as many sprinklings and fillings as you want! The Apam Balik here was truly a delicacy for the soul. It was crispy outside yet moist inside, oozed a luscious scent and of course, an additive sweetness that you cannot resist.
The Pengat Pulut Durian which is glutinous rice with durian sauce was a true indulgence for durian lovers! The durian sauce was creamy and fat as usual and it will definitely melt your heart. Don’t forget to try the Bubur Caca which was just as delectable and the all-time favorite Kuih Muih which made me totally enthralled by their moderate sweetness and fluffy softness.
After all this heavenly indulgence, I was overwhelmed to know that this is just a prelude to more dishes coming in 4 specially rotating tailored menus served in this holy month. These luscious delights really nurture my ever-growing love for Malay cuisine with its perfect renditions of old-school tastes as well as innovative flavors. Special thanks to Bijan for this opportunity.
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From Nasi Lemak to Musang King, check out these creative dishes and drinks inspired by Malaysian flavours!
Marron Lobster Sarawak Laksa at Antara Restaurant
Antara Restaurant is set in a beautiful period building established in 1919 along off Jalan Raja Chulan. The restaurant is set in a colonial environment and the cuisine takes you back to how home used to taste like, with no shortcuts or MSG. We recommend their Marron Lobster Sarawak Laksa which its broth is creamier and thicker than the usual laksa, and takes 3 days to boil. In the laksa you will spot fresh Marron lobster, 100% pure rice noodles, handmade tofus from Bentong, Bintulu belacan hand pounded with chilli, and fat strands of bean sprouts.
In conjunction with the 60th Merdeka celebration this year, Signature at The Roof has put a twist on Malaysian's favourite local dish. What could be better than a Nasi Lemak Tower this Merdeka month? This mouth watering specialty is available for a limited time only, until September 2017.
Chocolate Durian Cake, created by one of Bijan Bar and Restaurant’s founders, Lissa is a must-try when you are here. The unmistakable durian aroma blends in well with the chocolate between the soft spongy cake layers. A slice of heaven, trite as it sounds. Bijan also has a unique selection of desserts like homemade ice cream in local flavours, creamy durian cheesecake and pandan pudding.
Combining two great loves by sinking your teeth into the Maosang King Mochi at Way Modern Chinois, a Modern Asian restaurant situated at Damansara Heights. Another popular durian dish at Way Modern Chinois is their Durian Pancake which uses musang king durian for its filling. You got to try these at least once!
Grab the wild, crazy, jaw-dropping Asam Laksa Cocktail at Opium which is situated in Changkat Bukit Bintang. The interior of the restaurant is inspired by the Opium regimes of the east. Pair the Asam Laksa Cocktail with other unique dishes such as Phoenix Dumpling, Fern Leaf Salad, Crispy Duck Noodles, Wagyu Beef Rendang, and the signature Beef Brisket & Tendon Stew just to name a few.