Sajian Melayu Asli
April 4, 2019
|Stalls set up around the pool|
Berbuka puasa by the pool, under the twinkling stars. This is the scene at the Sajian Melayu Asli buffet at TrEats Restaurant, Oakwood Hotel & Residences.
Nine warung (action stalls) have been set up along the perimeter of the pool.
There’s satay on the grill with lemang and ketupat, gulai kawah, gearbox soup, spiced chicken soup, mutton soup, fish head curry, burgers, roti John and grilled lamb while on the other side, dessert stalls include ais kacang, cendol with durian and fritters a la minute.
|Roasted 30-day lamb legs with tender, succulent meat|
At Warung Kambing Bakar, the 30-day lamb legs are well marinated. The meat is tender and juicy while the use of spices cleverly masks any remnant gamey smell. The lamb is served with nasi Arab, grilled vegetables and a choice of mint, barbecue and black pepper sauce.
At the Warung Lemang & Satay, there’s chicken and beef satay, to go with nasi impit and peanut sauce, as well as lemang with chicken rendang or chicken floss.
If it should rain or you prefer air-conditioned comfort, the seating inside is comfortable, with a private room that seats about 15. This is also where you’ll find drinks corner, with chilled juices as well as hot coffee and tea.
|Kerabu kacang botol and kerabu prawn|
Local salads are inviting, with kerabu daging, kerabu prawn and squid, kerabu pucuk paku (fiddlehead fern), kerabu pucuk ubi (potato leaf), kerabu mango, kerabu kacang botol, kerabu beansprout, kerabu chicken and kerabu deboned chicken feet.
But if you prefer to mix your own, take your pick of papadum, keropok and ulam-ulam (raw salad) with various dips, including sambal belacan, sambal chili padi goreng, sambal bawang, sambal hitam, budu, tempoyak, cincaluk, air asam, Thai sauce, mint sauce.
|Hot off the grill - fish, squid and prawn|
You’ll find chefs busy grilling seafood. There’s kembung, prawn, squid, catfish and mackerel. Lovely when eaten with air asam, budu or sambal belacan.
|Colourful Nasi Hujan Panas|
Sometimes I prefer to dive straight into the mains, starting with Nasi Hujan Panas, so named as its many colours (blue, green, red and brown) resemble the rainbow after heavy rain.
|Ayam Masak Merah|
|Asam Pedas Ikan Pari|
|Ketam Goreng Bercili|
This is perfect with the hot dishes of Ayam Masak Merah, Mutton Dalca, Asam Pedas Ikan Pari (stingray), Sotong Kembang Kicap Pedas, Ketam Goreng Bercili and Kailan with Salted Fish. Malay curries somehow entice us to reach for more rice.
|Variety of kuih muih|
|Jelly and creme caramel|
|Tarts and more tarts|
In a quiet corner, the dessert spread awaits. Bread pudding, green bean porridge, cakes, pudding, mousses and colourful kuih muih make it a bit difficult to decide, so I help myself to a bit of each. It’s good that the local kuih varieties are cut into halves.
Meanwhile, a bowl of ais kacang or cendol with freshly husked durian will end the meal with a satisfied burp.
TrEats Restaurant & Bar
Oakwood Hotel & Residence KL
222 Jalan Ampang
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sajian Melayu Asli
May 10 to June 2, 2019
RM75 nett (adult)
RM38 nett (children under 12 and senior citizens)
Early Bird before May 3:
RM68 nett (adult), RM34 nett (children under 12 and senior citizens).
Group deal: Buy 8, free 1 (max 40 pax)
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