In just a couple of weeks, Ramadan season will begin. Hence, it’s also the time for us to feast upon the many Ramadan offerings available. I was privileged to be invited to The Resort Cafe, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa Ramadan preview featuring indoor and outdoor bazaar-style stations with live-action cooking from the chefs. Diners are in for a culinary treat with a multitude of nostalgic and new mouth-watering recipes to entice and revitalize the palate.
This year there are nine (9) main food categories which are the Nasi Station featuring 15 varieties of rice cooked in different styles including a must-try for the season – Bamboo Briyani, the Bakar Station where fresh meat and seafood will be grilled on the spot for diners, the Soup Station including the restaurant’s signature Soup Gearbox Turbo, the Golek Station featuring a whole Roasted Goat, the Noodle Station serving a wide variety of soup and gravy based noodles, the Kawah Station where super-large cauldrons containing rich and spicy Gulai awaits, the Ulam-Ulaman Station offering an assortment of over 20 local picks as well as pickled fruits (jeruk) which can be enjoyed with the wide selection of Sambals, the Goreng Station will have fried Malaysian and Middle Eastern snacks and lastly, the Dessert Station which will feature a wide range of Durian specialities as well as traditional favorites.
The buffet is price as below:
- Venue: The Resort Cafe
- Time: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
- Special Promo: 17 May – 23 May 2018 & 11 June – 14 June 2018 (RM98 nett per adult)
- Normal Price: 24 May – 10 June 2018 (RM178 nett per adult / RM108 nett per senior citizen / RM98 nett per child (aged between 6 to 12 years old)
- Hari Raya Aidilfitri Promo: 15 – 16 June 2018 (RM98 nett per adult / RM68 nett per child)
A key highlight this year are the outdoor stalls called “Bazaaria TRC” – diners are invited to step outside the restaurant where a bustling Ramadan Bazaar-like concept of live action stations awaits, filling the air with enticing aromas. Let’s see what are the specialties offered in each station …
The Nasi Station features 15 varieties of speciality rice dishes with the must-try for the season, the Bamboo Briyani – a fascinating dish to many Malaysians for the way it is prepared and the flavourful taste owing to the cooking method. Briyani Rice together with some meat and vegetables are inserted into a bamboo tube that has been layered with banana leaves, which are then cooked over charcoal fire, giving it a delicious smoky aromatic flavour. The other speciality rice dishes on the buffet rotation include the Nasi Bukhari, Nasi Hujan Panas, Nasi Briyani Gum, Nasi Tomato, Nasi Kunyit Ayam, Nasi Minyak, Nasi Bukhara Buah Gajus, Nasi Ulam, Nasi Minyak Nenas, Nasi Beringin and a selection of Middle Eastern preparation like the Nasi Mandi, Maqluba, Kabsa and Egyptian Kushari.
One of the key highlights on the buffet which complements the variety of rice is a popular dish in both Melaka and Johor, the Ekor Asam Pedas, a delicacy that many enjoy. The dish encompasses Oxtail in rich mouth-watering Asam Pedas Gravy, the right combination of both spiciness and sourness, added with fresh tomatoes and lady’s fingers to give it more depth.
Under the Soup Station, The Resort Café’s Sup Gearbox Turbo is back by popular demand and continues to be the restaurant’s must-have dish this year. Other soup varieties that diners can look forward to include the Soto Ayam, Tom Yam, Sup Campur and Lentil Soup. At the Bakar Station, which will be located outdoors, fresh marinated meat like Chicken, Beef, Lamb and seafood like Fish – Ikan Pari, Kembong, Siakap and Selar – Squid, Prawns, Kupang, Clams and more will be grilled a la minute by the chefs.
The Golek Station will feature a whole Lamb, where the chefs will slice the succulent meat directly unto the diners’ plate. Imagine a Lamb that’s marinated overnight with almost 25 different local spices and mixed herbs such as old ginger, garlic, lemongrass, galangal, salt, masala, coriander, yoghurt, mint leaves and cumin powder before slowly roasting for four (4) hours to retain its moisture, producing a tender and juicy meat for diners to enjoy. Sounds heavenly right 😀
Noodle lovers are also in for a treat with a wide variety of soup and gravy based noodles at the Noodle Station which includes the Mee Rojak, Mee Bandung Sumatra, Nyonya Laksa Lemak, Laksa Johor, Prawn Mee, Dry Wonton Mee and Pan Mee. The Kawah Station features a selection of Gulai Kawah comprises of Gulai Utara Ikan Dengan Bendi, Gulai Tulang Rawan, Gulai Ketam Dengan Nenas, Gulai Ayam Lengkuas, Gulai Ayam Pedas, Gulai Nangka pedas, Gulai Ayam Bersama Kentang, Gulai Ikan Kembung Gulai Ikan Merah, Gulai Sotong Cili Hijau and Gulai Kambing Bagar
The Ulam-ulaman Station will have an assortment of over 20 local picks like the Kacang Botol, Petai, Daun Selom, Pucuk Ubi, Daun Pegaga, Ulam Raja, Jering, Jantung Pisang as well as pickled fruit (jeruk) which can be enjoyed with the wide selection of Sambals and some Asian home-made dressings. Kerabu will also be a highlight in this station with authentic selections like the Kerabu Pucuk Paku, Kerabu Jantung Pisang and Kerabu Ulam Raja. Each day will also see a rotation of favourite Asian salads such as Pasembur, Gado-gado, Miang Kham, Som Tam, Pecal Jawa and Rojak Buah.
The Goreng Station will feature some of Malaysians favourite tea-time snacks like the Goreng Pisang, Cempedak Goreng, Keropok Lekor, Karipap, Ubi Goreng and much more. Diners can also look forward to sampling a range of Arabic snacks such as the Kibbeh, Falafel, Sambousek and Brik.
The dedicated Dessert Station is a must stop for diners; especially for durian lovers where a wide range of durian specialty desserts like the Durian Ice Kacang, Durian Cheesecake, Durian Cake, Pengat Durian, Durian Smoothie, Durian Pudding, Durian Wajik, Durian Pulut, Durian Pizza and Durian Ice Cream will be available amongst the desserts; including trays of home-made Malay and Nyonya desserts; an assortment of agar-agar, pudding and bubur. Sarawak cake lapis will be featured on the buffet with its amazing layers and colours, an assortment of raya cookies with batang buruk, kuih siput, kuih bangkit, kuih rose, kuih karas, kuih semperit, kuih kapit, dodol; and favourites like kuih Bingka @ Bangkang like bingka ubi kayu, bingka labu, bingka roti, bingka pandan, bingka tepung and bingka kelapa.
WOW…I was truly spoil for choice that day. I had a grand time indulging in all these Ramadan offerings at The Resort Cafe. You might want to reserve your tables in advance.
For Dining reservations and enquiries, please call The Resort Cafe at 03-7495 2009, 03-7492 8000 or email to [email protected]