1st Floor, Federal Hotel,
35, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.Tel: 03-2148 9166
Business hours: Lunch: noon – 2.30pm,
dinner: 6.30pm to 10.30pm.
NASI kandar lovers would not have to travel far for an authentic experience as Federal Hotel, Kuala Lumpur brings the ‘Selera Tradisi Haja Naideen Nasi Kandar’ from Penang’s Chowrasta Market to The Verandah.
From now till June 15, guest cook Abdul Khuttus from Haja Naideen will be dishing out culinary delights.
Haja Naideen has been operating for more than 30 years in Penang and Abdul learnt the trade from his father.
“My dad started in 30’s and I have taken over the family business. Now, I have roped in my son to help,” he said.
Abdul started to learn on the job in his teens and has successfully mastered the skills of blending spices to concoct delicious flavours for his nasi kandar.
“Unlike today, nasi kandar was originally made using hand-ground spices.
“There is a significant difference in taste between using ground spice and powdered ones. Even the process of sauteeing is carried out longer to bring out the fragrance,” he said.
He added that food were usually tastier using the traditional method.
Among his signature dishes featured in the promotion are Ayam Ros, Gulai Ikan 10, Daging Masak Kicap, Lai Lai Mee Goreng Mamak and Mee Rebus.
The spread will also have Patcheri Nenas, Ikan Goring Rempah, Kobis Karupillay, Kacang Panjang Telor, Gulai Bendi, Gulai Cabai, Daging Masak Kurma, Gulai Ayam Kampong, Ayam Masak Kurma, Ayam Goring Rempah, Gulai Kambing, Kambing Ros, Gulai Ketam, Ketam Gulai Kunyit, Udang Rempah, Gulai Udang, Sambal Udang, Sotong Berempah, Sotong Gulai Kunyit, Pasembur and murtabak.
Wonderful flavours of various spices has been infused in the dishes especially for the meats.
The dishes were cooked just right as the meats were tender. The Udang Rendang was very spicy while those who prefer a milder taste should go for the kurmas.
Nasi kandar would not be complete without the Daging Kicap, which was tender, soft and not overpowered by soya sauce.
For the Ayam Masak Merah, the dish was slightly sweet and went well with briyani. Chicken lovers should try the Fried Chicken which had a real zing with the addition of curry leaves.
Lunch is available from Mondays to Fridays at RM60+ per adult and RM30+ for children below 12 years old and senior citizens. Dinner is on Saturdays and Sundays at RM68+ per person and RM34+ for children below 12 years old and senior citizens.
For reservations, call 03-2148 9166.
This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by Star Metro.