TAKE A STEP back in time to taste some traditional Malay cooking as classic food makes an appearance at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel’s buka puasa meal this Ramadan.
Althought the Ramadan buffet caters for those who are abstaining from food during the daylight hours the meal is open to anyone and the ornate buffet style meal will have diners of all nationalities and faiths gaspring at the sheer amount of food available every day. “The buffet line offers great variety,” Chef de Cuisine Mazlee Abdul Rahman explains. “It features over 100 items that are rotated on a daily basis.” There is so much variety that the team at Berjaya created five unique menus to ensure that those who frequent the buka puasa meal can look forward to new dishes at every visit. The buffet, held at the Big Apple Restaurant, offers traditional village flavours it a heavy emphasis on fresh local spices.
The team at Berjaya Times Square has taken measures to make those staying in the city for buka puasa experience the authentic kampong ambiance: the restaurant is decorated it traditional wooden village house decor and traditional ornaments are spread around the room. Local dishes, unique to different parts of Malaysia, complement the hometown feel and live keroncong music is played daily (except Tuesdays) to entertain diners while they eat to complete a truly local experience.
Chef Mazlee and his team have added splashes of creativity while retaining time-honoured recipes, and the recommended dishes to taste from the spread include Daging Gulai Kawak (beef stew), Sayur Goreng Jawa (fried Javanese vegetables), and freshly prepared beef murtabak. To add to the sensory experience diners can visit an action station where chefs masterfully grill up a variety of fish and seafood before their hungry eyes.
If stomachs still have room for more after multiple rounds at the buffet,there is a large selection of different Malay desserts to finish off the meal and leave a sweet taste after a spicy feast.
For a traditional Malay buka puasa, visit Berjaya Times Square and enjoy a charming restaurant where ingredients are fresh and the food is plentiful.
Were you lucky enough to try out the buka puasa feast by Big Apple?
This article was written by Simon Gartner for The Expat magazine.
Source: The Expat August 2012
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