Spice me up!
April 25, 2019
Black pepper, candlenut, cardamon, cloves, cinnamon and star anise: These six spices take centrestage at the aptly named Citarasa 6 Sekawan, happening for the month of Ramadan at Melting Pot Café in Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle. I am not terribly fond of buffets but I must admit Melting Pot’s chefs do take great pains to create one of the best spreads in town.
|Variety of ulam-ulam with different types of sambal, including a lusciously creamy tempoyak|
|You can't get fresher dates than these|
This year, the variety of kerabu, ulam-ulam and the accompanying sambal and dips, are astounding. The Chicken Liver Kerabu, in particular, is lively on the tastebuds and I love the thick, creamy tempoyak. Almost like eating durian flesh.
If you prefer to start slow, have a chilled drink or a cup of hot tea/coffee, with fresh dates still hanging in bunches. Then there’s the soup station for Bubur Lambuk and Seafood Tom Yam as well as the salad bar, with sushi, fresh salad greens and various dressings and toppings. Next to this are fresh oysters and poached prawns and mussels on ice.
On the other
side of this island table is a whole Roasted Lamb, carved as you wait, and
Grilled Red Snapper with percik sauce. Move along and you’ll find claypots
filled with tempting hot curries and at the other end, there’s dim sum and
Thai-style steamed fish kept hot in huge bamboo trays.
|All kinds of kerabu and salted fish|
|Grilled whole Red Snapper with Percik Sauce|
|There's also Thai-style steamed barramundi|
There’s goreng-goreng (fried fare) and a range of beef soup such as Gearbox, Tulang Rawan (cartilage), Oxtail and Perut (tripe). Gearbox is always popular and all evening, I see customers walking gingerly to their tables with giant bowls of Gearbox Soup.
|Well-marinated and deepfried quail and prawn|
|Roti John is immensely popular|
|Siput Sedut Masak Lemak Daun Kunyit|
|Black Pomfret in Spiced Black Soya Sauce|
|Tender chunks of meat in Lamb Varuval|
|Indian Fish Head curry|
|Doesn't look like it but Sayur Kapau packs a whole lot of kapow!|
|Sambal Udang with Onions|
|Beef Dendeng Kering Balado Merah|
|Gulai Ikan Masak Lemak|
|Thai-style roasted chicken|
|Braised shitake mushroom with silken tofu|
Having had my fill of mains, I head back to the salad station for Fruit Rojak. I pick chunky pieces of guava, pineapple, jicama, cucumber and sour mango to go with the thick rojak sauce, topped with crushed peanut.
|Kuih muih to satisfy your sweet tooth|
A freezer is filled with ice cream potong in various flavours such as yam, red bean, cempedak and even teh tarik. The Pengat Durian with steamed glutinous rice proves to be the crowd’s choice though while Ondeh-Ondeh and Apam are freshly prepared.
MELTING POT CAFÉ
Concorde Hotel KL
2 Jalan Sultan Ismail
Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia
Citarasa 6 Sekawan with over 160 dishes
Nightly: May 11 to June 1, RM138 nett
May 6 to May 10: RM118 nett
June 2 to June 4: RM118 nett
Children 5-12: 50% discount