Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar,
1, Jalan Pantai Jaya, Tower 3,
Tel: 03-2298 1855
Business hours: Noon to 3pm (lunch),
6.30 to 10.30pm (dinner).
INDONESIAN food can only appeal to those who have tried it and for more of its likeable taste, mark your calendar for the Indonesian Food Festival at Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar next month .
The promotion from May 11 to 29 will feature an array of traditional and signature dishes from the republic.
Indonesian food is known to have an intense flavour and variant texture, making it one of the most vibrant and colourful cuisines in the world.
Given Malaysia’s proximity to Indonesia, locals will definitely find familiar dishes likeayam penyet and soto at the promotion.
One particular dish that stood out during a recent review was the Nasi Goreng Daun Mengkudu. It looks like a regular fried rice dish but it is fragrant and full of flavour and can be eaten with other dishes on the buffet.
The highlight of the menu was kambing guling which was marinated with onion, cumin, yogurt, chilli powder and a number of other spices for 24 hours before being roasted.
Malay chef Borhan Senin said the lamb was slow-cooked for three to four hours, resulting in the meat’s tender and juicy taste.
The Ayam Penyet Plecing Kangkung, a staple dish from Lombok is another interesting find.
Although ayam penyet is usually deepfried, the chefs at Pullman have added a twist to its preparation technique as here, the ayam penyet is braised.
The braised version was appetising but personally, I prefer ayam penyet to be fried, the traditional way.
The ayam penyet comes with a side dish of kangkung, made with ground red chilli, pepper and burnt bird’s eye chilli which surely will ignite your taste buds.
A favourite during Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Indonesia is the Tongseng Kambing, an Asian-style stew which is being served during the promotion.
It is hearty, flavourful, and is a must-try.
Other dishes such as Tauhu Telur, Soto Ayam Madura and Indonesian satay are also on the buffet.
The Indonesian satay is a little different from what Malaysians are used to, as the key ingredient here is sweet soy sauce which is drizzled unto the chunky peanut sauce.
While enjoying the food, patrons will be entertained by Indonesian dancers who will introduce traditional dances reflecting the country’s diverse ethnicity and culture throughout dinner.
The restaurant will also be decorated in the Indonesian theme with shadow puppets, stone figurines and Indonesian batik to reflect the culture.
The Indonesian food experience is available at RM120 for adults and 50% for children aged six to 12 years old from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.
This is the writer’s personal observation and not an endorsement by StarMetro.