Ramadan is a time when Muslims spend time in spiritual reflection and to increase their devotion to worship and go deeper into the meaning of Islam. In Arabic, the word Ramadan, is derived from the word Ramida which means dryness.
On the 9th month in the Muslim calendar Muslims all over the world observe one of the five pillars of Islam to fast. For 29-30 days devotees will fast, except for certain stipulated conditions, from sunrise to sunset. At the break of fast, they will make the effort to have a meaningful time over a meal with family and friends. In a multiracial society such as in Malaysia and several other countries in this region, Iftar (breaking of fast after sunset) is sometimes a communal meal that is shared with non-Muslim friends.
Traditionally, in many homes life goes on despite the fasting where spices are tossed into cooking pots to churn out favourite family recipes for this meal. However, those in the city have the choice of sharing this meaningful meal at hotels where a sumptuous spread is laid out for them.
Every year the kitchen at The Pearl Kuala Lumpur gets its spices ready weeks in advance for preparing their speciality – whole roasted beef leg with local spices – that crowns the Sajian Warisan Nusantara buffet. For Executive Chef Shan Fadhil and his team, it is indeed a challenge to work against the clock to churn out the buffet spread of well-balanced assorted Asian and western dishes that include roast lamb, roast chicken, whole baked fish, hasselback potato, roasted vegetables and a wide selection of sauces.
Another speciality to look out for is the tummy-warming chicken biryani and mutton biryani which are served alongside the lamb and chicken mandi. Seafood enthusiasts can indulge in the flavourful seafood shell out, dressed in spices that is just right for a Malaysian’s palate.
When the main meal’s done, there is a wide selection of sweets and desserts to savour as one winds down the meal over coffee and chat. Popular traditional Malay kuih (dessert) like seri muka (pandan and sticky rice) or kuih koci (sticky rice with gula melaka and coconut shreads) complete the must-have foods of Ramadan indulgences.
Price starts at RM33 for sahur while iftar buffet prices are RM98 (Adult), RM65 (Senior Citizen) and RM30 (Children).
Sajian Warisan Nusantara Buffet
Date: 17 May – 13 June 2018
Time: Sahur from 11:00pm-5:00am and Iftar from 6:30pm-10:30pm
Venue: Cafe 5, Level 5, The Pearl Kuala Lumpur.