Klana Resort Seremban,
PT 4388, Jalan Penghulu Cantik,
Taman Tasik Seremban, 70100 Seremban.

IT’S all about the good old days this Ramadan at the Klana Resort Seremban which is welcoming the holy month with a buka puasa meal reminiscent of the 1960s.

Be prepared to step back in time with the tastes, sounds and smells from an era when owning a black- and-white television was a luxury.

Klana Resort general manager Shamsul Kamar Ahmad said the idea to have a nostalgic theme for this year’s Ramadan buffet was hatched after a brainstorming session with the hotel’s department heads.

“We wanted to recreate the atmosphere that many of us grew up with and bring back the flavours of yesteryear.

“We decided to go a step further and do up the hall in 1960s decor.Even our employees will be dressed in the styles famous during that era,” he said during a recent press conference.

The star of the show, however, will be the food and the kitchen team will be whipping up dishes that are not easy to come by these days including Ayam Masak Lemak Nangka (chicken and jackfruit cooked in coconut broth), Telur Itik Bachang (duck eggs cooked with a sourish fruit), Tempoyak Gulai Patin (fish cooked with fermented durian paste) and Rendang Daging Campur (rendang with beef organ meats).

Other mouth-watering dishes on the menu are Ekor Asam Pedas (ox’s tail cooked in a spicy and sour gravy), Perut dan Petai Gulai Padang (beef tripe with petai cooked Padang-style), Kari Ikan Masin Tulang dan Sayur (salted fish bone curry with vegetables) and whole roasted lamb.

Shamsul said the whole roasted lamb was a favourite with guests who would queue up every year during the Ramadan buffet for slices of the tender meat.

A variety of Indian, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese and Western-style dishes are also on the menu including mussels in yoghurt gravy, crab cooked in Marmite sauce, devil’s chicken curry, sushi, tempura, fettucine bolognese and spaghetti with marinara sauce.

“We believe our food quality and variety are among our strengths and our international buffet is also quite popular with our multi-racial guests,” he said.

The Ramadan buffet dinner will be held in the hotel’s newly renovated banquet hall which is spacious enough to accommodate up to 1,200 guests.

Shamsul said the hall was not only spacious enough to fit in 17 ‘action’ stalls doling out freshly cooked food comfortably.

“Although we have over 100 dishes on our buffet menu daily during the month-long period, guests still look forward to the stalls which remind them of the usual Ramadan bazaars.

“Guests can have their fill of the buffet and still sample stall favourites like satay, yong tau foo, chicken rice, rojak, char kuey tew, ikan bakar, roti ais krim and many more,” he said.

For a sweet finish, guest can choose from an array of traditional kuih such as kuih sopang, kuih koci pulut hitam, apam Johol, cucur badak, wajik, tepung pelita bubur cha cha, bubur kacang merah and a selection of pastries and puddings.

Entertainment will be provided by the hotel’s resident band Crystal Ball which will be serenading guests with music from the 1960s in keeping with the nostalgic theme.

Despite the added variety, last year’s prices are being maintained and the Ramadan buffet is priced at RM55++ per adult and RM30++ per child.

The buffet is available until Aug 29.

Shamsul said the hotel had printed 7,000 vouchers this year to cope with the demand.

For every 10 paying guests, the 11th will be able to eat for free.

Prayer facilities are also available at the hotel with an imam to lead prayers during the fasting month.

As part of its corporate social responsibility efforts, the hotel is also be handing out bubur lambuk (porridge) at the state mosque after Friday prayers during the holy month.

For reservations, contact 06-766 7888 ext 3181 or 3222.

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