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COFFEE HOUSE,
SUNWAY PUTRA HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR,
Level 9, Lobby Level,
Jalan Putra,
Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-4040 9888
Business hours: 6am to 10.30pm daily.
Pork-free.

NO MATTER how far one has ventured away from home, one will always yearn for his or her mother’s cooking.

As Sunway Putra Hotel Kuala Lumpur executive chef Rossham Rosli reminisced about his childhood, he could not help shed a tear thinking of all the comfort food his mother cooked for him when he was young.

“My mother was a skilled cook and one of my favourite dishes was her nasi ayam kampung.

Sunway Putra hotel Coffeehouse executive chef Rossham Rosli posing with a plate of Nasi Ayam Goreng Kampung at his stall.

Sunway Putra hotel Coffeehouse executive chef Rossham Rosli posing with a plate of Nasi Ayam Goreng Kampung at his stall.

“I learned how to cook the dish about 24 years ago. She is my inspiration for being a cook,” he said.

That nostalgic nasi ayam kampung will be featured alongside 100 other dishes in the Ramadan Buffet Dinner line-up at the hotel’s Coffee House.

“We have brought back last year’s theme ‘Dari Dapur Ummi’, which translates into ‘from our mum’s kitchen’, by popular demand.

“The dishes are recipes from our chefs’ mothers and we wanted to give diners a sense of nostalgia,” Rossham said, adding that he had expanded the selection for this year’s buffet.

Rossham’s nasi goreng kampung dish uses free-range chicken.

The meat is boiled with spices for about 30 minutes for the flavours to sink in, before being deep fried until the skin is crispy.

Nasi Ayam Kampung by hotel's executive chef Rossham Rosli goes well with the three sambal chilies.

Nasi Ayam Kampung by hotel’s executive chef Rossham Rosli goes well with the three sambal chilies.

It comes with rice and three different sambal.

The Ramadan promotion also showcases dishes by sous chef Samsuddin Ahmad and chef de cuisine Madhavan Velayutham.

Malay sous chef Shaari Ismail and pastry chef Rukedi Yajid Aziz.

Start your meal with a hot steaming bowl of Gear Box Soup, a popular dish here, and assortment of kerabu selection.

First, I tasted the Peha Ayam Kicap Berempah, which is a recipe from Madhavan’s mother, and instantly liked it.

The Peha Ayam Kicap was sweet and is a good complement to a bowl of hot steaming rice.

The Peha Ayam Kicap was sweet and is a good complement to a bowl of hot steaming rice.

The chicken drumstick had a tender texture with a thick sweet soy sauce enveloping every inch of the chicken, giving a subtle hint of sweetness.

Seafood lovers might enjoy the santan-rich Udang Kalio dengan Pucuk Paku.

It was appetising and not too spicy, while the golden-yellow curry had an appealing tang.

The Ikan Tenggiri Goreng dengan Sambal Lemak Tempoyak was rather mild in taste.

Those who love durian may not find it satisfying but it is perfectly fine for those who do not like an overwhelming durian taste with fried fish.

For something traditional, diners can try the Daging Rendang Dendang, Ikan Keli Masak Lemak Bunga Kantan, Sotong Masala, Kambing Pereta and Perut Masak Lemak dan Rebung.

The Udang Kalio dengan Pucuk Paku by Chef Sharri Ismail's mother's recipe.

The Udang Kalio dengan Pucuk Paku by Chef Sharri Ismail’s mother’s recipe.

The Ramadan dinner buffet promotion ends on July 4.

However, reservations are only available from June 22 onwards.

It is priced at RM138 nett for adults while children aged 12 years old and below can enjoy a 50% discount.

There are a wide variety of kuih bering offered at the Coffeehouse at Sunway Putra Hotel.

There are a wide variety of kuih bering offered at the Coffeehouse at Sunway Putra Hotel.

Children four years and below dine for free.

Sahur will also be available at the restaurant from 4am to 5.30am, daily.

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

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