KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Deciding what or where to eat is always a tough decision. Now with the fasting month of Ramadan and Iftar to think about, we’re not surprised that it’s a harder choice to make.
We’ve covered Ramadan buffets in hotels around town, but here are our top picks for specific dishes to look out for if you’re going for the authentic experience.
Be it a buffet or your local Ramadan bazaar, here’s a breakdown of some of the dishes you simply can’t get through this season without.
From the ever-present Kurma (dates) to your second serving of Soya Bean Milk (quite different from the Western version of ‘soy milk’), these starters whet your appetite for what’s to come.
Within distinctly Malay cuisine, we find that these countless bites abound. We also look to these to ease into breaking fast before reaching for the heavier dishes.
Pro Tip: This is how to eat without sending your stomach into shock after a good 12 hours of fasting!
Cucur Udang (prawn fritters) and Kerabu Mangga (mango salad) are must haves; and they make a fantastic combination too. The cool, tart salad offsets the deep fried batter with the distinct seafood base marrying the two.
Staples such as Roti Jala (net pancakes) and Murtabak (spiced meat turnovers) simply cannot be glossed over. They are the carbohydrate-loaded loves of the Ramadan season, and it’s the only time you can indulge in them daily.
When you think of Malaysian dishes that pair perfectly with steaming white rice, what strikes you first?
We can’t do without Ayam Goreng Rempah (crispy, spiced fried chicken), Sayur Bayam (spinach), and Ayam Masak Lemak (chicken with turmeric coconut curry) with a big dollop of Sambal Hijau Jawa (Javanese green chilli sauce) on the side.
There’s just something about the bite of a good sambal that feels like home. Whether it be the traditional Sambal Belacan (chilli sauce with shrimp paste), the tangy Sambal Hijau Jawa, or even the sweet and spicy Kicap Sambal Belacan (chilli sauce with shrimp paste and sweet sauce).
Kicap Sambal Belacan is often peculiarly served with banana fritters, and the combination somehow works. Even with just a handful of Keropok (shrimp crackers), we enjoy the heat that’s offered with every bite.
In our eyes, dessert is something that nobody should miss out on – whatever the occasion. This is especially so when Bubur Pulut Hitam (sweetened black glutinous rice) is served warm, with a subtle cinnamon-ginger aftertaste.
Nor when a refreshing Sirap Lemongrass Agar Agar (lemongrass and rose syrup jelly) is available to cleanse your palette.
The only way to follow these up is through morsels of assorted Kuih or simply a dessert portion of Pisang Goreng (banana fritters). We’ll try our hardest to skip the sambal for this course.
For more of the delicious dishes that can be found at Enak KL, check out the gallery below.
Whatever your Iftar menu is, The Binge wishes you a joyous Ramadan with your loved ones (and perhaps a few pieces of Murtabak Ayam)!
LG2 Feast Floor, Starhill Gallery
Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603 2141 8973
The Ramadan buffet at Enak KL is priced at RM78 for adults, and RM39 for children between 7 and 9 years old. Children 6 and below eat for free.
All the photos featured here were taken at the buffet at Enak. We were their guests for the purposes of this review, but that in no way affects the opinions expressed here.