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Makan Kitchen’s Citarasa Malaysia buffet features over 200 dishes and six types of cuisine, leaving diners spoilt for choice during Ramadan.
THE Makan Kitchen team is all geared up to serve an even bigger and better buka puasa (breaking of fast) spread this Ramadan. “We realise that good food is important to Malaysians,” says chef de cuisine Ahmad Nurul Azri Abdul Manaf. “That’s why we are offering a lavish line-up of over 200 buka puasa specialities. In the spirit of 1Malaysia, our feast bazaar will feature traditional as well as multicultural dishes, from our three interactive kitchens.
“Once you’ve broken your day-long fast with the customary dates and sweets, I suggest you start with some healthy salads such as Tabbouleh, a light Middle-Eastern salad of bulghur wheat with chopped parsley; Warak Anap Bezze, stuffed vine leaves with rice and tomato or Fattoush, roasted pita bread pieces with cucumber, tomato, onion and lettuce topped with a dash of lemon and oil.”
Diners should also try the Bubur Lambok Daging, rice porridge cooked with ground beef, herbs, spices and coconut milk; and Sup Kawah Daging, a thick spicy beef soup served with fried onions and chopped herbs before opting for heartier main courses.
“Some of the perennial favourites include Ikan Bakar Daun Pisang, grilled fish wrapped in banana leaves – best eaten with dips of tamarind chilli sauce and lime juice; Percik Ayam Panggang, marinated grilled chicken with kuah percik kuning, kuah percik putih or kuah percik merah sauces, and tender Grilled Venison with a choice of tamarind, specially concocted cream, or sweet and spicy soy sauces. There’s always a queue at our grilling station for these freshly prepared and sizzling hot items.”
Not to be outdone, Indian chef Prem Kumar Jeyaraman aims to draw the crowd with his signature Tandoori delicacies: Fish Tikka, Lamb Kebabs and Lamb Kofta accompanied by made-to-order naan breads and sauces.
“If you crave comfort food, I’d recommend Prawn Mallai, a creamy North Indian prawn curry; Chicken Murtabak, fluffy hand-tossed pancakes with chicken filling; Chicken Briyani, basmati rice cooked with chicken and spices or Mamak-style Kari Kepala Ikan – spicy fish head and vegetable curry.”
Chef Kua Beng Hooi interjects, “Remember to leave ample space for Penang’s famed hawker fare such as Loh Bak (deep-fried stuffed meat rolls), Fried Radish Cake and Char Kuey Teow (fried flat noodles) from the Chinese Kitchen. You won’t want to miss Hainanese Chicken Rice; Kam Heong Crabs, dry-fried crab with chilli, curry leaves and lemongrass, and Malaysian-style Roast Duck, amongst others.”
No buka puasa buffet is complete without dessert so expect a wide selection of kuih muih and assorted sweet treats to round off your meal here.
Keep your eyes peeled for festive nibbles like Kuih Bangkit and Kuih Makmur as well as local classics such as Serawa Durian (steamed glutinous rice with thick puree of durian and coconut milk), Bubur Kacang Merah (sweetened red bean broth), Um Ali (Egyptian bread pudding) and the all-time favourite of ABC or Ais Batu Campur (shaved ice with colourful jelly strips, corn niblets, red bean mash, evaporated milk, palm and rose syrups).
“Even with a seating capacity of 350, we anticipate Makan Kitchen will be fully packed throughout the month. My advice is make your dinner reservations in advance. Remember, it’s the early bird that catches the worm!” says Chef Azri.
The Citarasa Malaysia Bazaar promotion at Makan Kitchen is priced at RM98++ per adult and half-price for children below 12.