April 16, 2019
She’s a mum and nothing pleases her more than to see her family enjoying her food. Naturally, Kak Shikeen was all smiles at the recent preview of the Masakan Bonda Kembali buffet that will roll out from May 10 to June 2.
Checker’s Café will feature her 13 signature recipes including Rendang Ayam Minang, Johor Pajeri Nenas, Ikan Bakar and Daging Salai Lemak Cili as well as the various kerabu.
Located on the 1st floor of Dorsett Kuala Lumpur in Jalan Imbi, the café showcases action stations along one side while island counters are filled with salad, fruit and hot dishes. Drinks are aplenty, with urns of hot coffee and teh tarik (pulled tea) as well as iced juices (apple, sugar cane, dates and rose syrup bandung).
|Kerabu taugeh and kerabu sotong|
|Kerabu mango and kerabu glass noodles|
|Ketupat and ketupat palas|
|Roasted leg of lamb with Nasi Arab|
|Gulai Kawah Asam Pedas Tetal|
Next to this is Kak Shikeen’s Gulai Kawah Asam Pedas Tetal, kept hot in the large wok, next to the Noodles Station.
There’s always a choice of two types of noodles. For the occasion, it’s Asam Laksa Penang and Mee Curry. I opt for the latter, a bowl of steaming noodles and condiments in an aromatic gravy.
On the other side of Nasi Arab is Ikan Bakar, grilled
whole barramundi with a spicy gravy. The sweetness of the fish is enhanced by
the spices. Do try the Roti John too.
|Curry noodles with aromatic, creamy gravy|
|Grilled barramundi with spicy sauce|
Meanwhile, at the mains table, rows of delectable curries and other dishes beckon. There is soup: Tofu and French onion. I prefer the latter, served with croutons and rich in flavour of softly braised onions.
|Mushy looking but Sambal Bilis Tempoyak & Petai packs a punch of flavours|
|Chilli tempe with ikan bilis and nuts|
|Tiger prawns in sambal|
|Patin Asam Rebus Tempoyak|
|Indian-style Fish Head Curry|
|Tower of cream puffs (left) and chef at Goreng-Goreng station|
On the other side, clay pots are filled with hot desserts – black glutinous rice, banana pengat and Serawa Durian (Kak Shikeen’s home specialties) to go with steamed sweet glutinous rice cakes.
But wait. There are plenty other desserts, from fresh
fruit and colourful kuih muih (such as Lepat Pisang, Kuih Talam) to cake,
pudding, cream puff, ice cream with toppings and ais kacang (shaved ice) with
|Mango-honeydew pudding (left) and sago gula melaka|
The variety is boggling and I also see sago gula Melaka, badak berendam, meringue Swiss roll and a chocolate fountain with brownies and marshmallow.
Dorsett Kuala Lumpur
172 Jalan Imbi, KL
+603 2716 1010
Masakan Bonda Kembali
From May 10 to June 2, 7-10.30pm
RM98 nett per person
RM88 nett per person before May 9.
30% discount for children under 11 and senior citizens above 60