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UTARA COFFEE HOUSE,
Armada Petaling Jaya,
Lot 6, Lorong Utara C,
Section 52, Petaling Jaya.
Tel: 03-7954 6888 ext. 4557.
Business hours: 6am to 2am, daily.
Halal.

Chef’s thorough cooking processes make dishes different.

ARMADA Petaling Jaya serves up a tantalising Ramadan fare with a number of signature dishes alongside traditional Malay, as well as Middle Eastern-inspired dishes.

Freshly steamed lemang with appetising flossy serunding is just one in more than 100 dishes served at the Utara Coffee House 2014 Ramadan buffet themed “Citarasa Tradisi Ramadhan”.

With a 10-menu rotation, signature dishes such as restaurant favourite Siput Sedut Masak Cili Padi, are served daily.

The chefs go through the tedious task of removing the tails of each individual shell before cleaning then cooking the dish, said executive chef Chew Teik Chye.

“It takes a lot of time just to process the siput (sea snail), after which these are soaked in assam and lemon juice to remove the stale smell.

“The siput is then cooked in freshly squeezed coconut milk, because it tastes creamier, as well as lemongrass, turmeric and asam keping,” said Chew.

A signature dish at the Utara Coffee House in Hotel Armada, Petaling Jaya, is the Siput Sedut Masak Cili Padi.

A signature dish at the Utara Coffee House in Hotel Armada, Petaling Jaya, is the Siput Sedut Masak Cili Padi.

Diners get the fun part, savouring and slurping out the sauce drenched siput meat.

Rather than use the marrow to create the customary gear box soup, Chew prefers to use rib bones with bits of meat for the Sup Tulang Rusuk (ribs soup) as it has more flavour.

“For the stock, I use a portion of the beef close to the shoulder called chuck, and the soup is slow-cooked with a load of spices for at least five hours to release its pleasant aroma,” he said.

A Middle Eastern inspired dish, Arab Rice and Roast Whole Lamb with Mint Yoghurt.

A Middle Eastern inspired dish, Arab Rice and Roast Whole Lamb with Mint Yoghurt.

A chef of 30 years, Chew also recommended the Middle Eastern-inspired dish, Arab Rice and Roast Whole Lamb with Mint Yoghurt.

The rice is cooked with short grain rice and chicken liver, which explain the robust flavour in the rice.

Meanwhile, the bubur lambuk is a creamy, traditional dish served during Ramadan as a starter for those breaking fast.

The porridge is cooked with spices, dried prawns, a hint of salted fish, peanuts and freshly squeezed coconut milk.

Johor laksa and numerous types of local noodle dishes will be served at the Ramadan buffet’s noodle station, with live-action stations for seafood and grilled meats.

An assortment of traditional kuih-muih desserts served at Hotel Armada.

An assortment of traditional kuih-muih desserts served at Hotel Armada.

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Save space for the exotic Baklava dessert and other mouthwatering local delights such as kuih-muih and roti durian, a roti canai dessert made with durian paste.

The “Citarasa Tradisi Ramadhan Buffet Dinner”, which will be available until July 27, is priced at RM85++ per adult and RM43++ per child.

This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement of StarMetro.

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