Thursday, March 15, 2007

Delight In Kampung Favourites

A unique food experience is on offer this month at Saffron Brasserie as the chefs take you on a journey through the local delicacies of different states in Malaysia.

In conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2007, the restaurant has taken the effort to bring forth authentic kampung food that is usually not available in urban Kuala Lumpur.

“We start off with Kuala Perlis and we will end at Johor. The buffet line changes every day with a focus on different states. For example, on the first day we have delicacies only from Kuala Perlis and on the second day we will feature food unique to Kedah,” said banquet chef Mariam Ibrahim.

Healthy: Local ulamand kerabuare the main attractions at Saffron’s salad bar.
It was no easy task to launch this special offer as chef Mariam embarked on a learning journey to the small villages of different states in the country to study the local delicacies.

“I went into villages all over the country asking about truly authentic dishes that people eat daily and the results were amazing because there were so many dishes that has never been discovered before,” she said.

“Dishes from the northern states are less spicy and are usually sour but as you move down south, the food gradually gets spicier,” she said.

Throughout the month, diners will get to try dishes like ikan masin, sup telur burung, nasi goreng petai, nasi bukhari, nasi mawar, popiah basah and gulai lemak sotong berserai.

“These are dishes are unique to different states and we put them all together in one place for diners to try,” she added.

The buffet features an interesting array of salad like ulam and kerabu dishes.

Malay spread: Pastry chef Hassukri Harun and banquet chef Mariam Ibrahim showing off the range of local dishes on offer at Saffron.
Also on offer are the staples like yong tau foo, mee rebus mamak, Ipoh kay teow noodles and ikan bakar.

”The dessert range is special because we still offer Western pastries like cakes and puddings along with the local sweets. Our signature Bread and Butter Pudding is still tops and is a must try,” said pastry chef Hassukri Harun.

“The pudding is made using fresh ingredients every day and that is the reason why it is a winner with our customers,” he said.

”Malay food is the core of our restaurant because guests who want Chinese food will be able to find it in Chinatown which is just a few doors away,” said public relations manager Melinda Marie Ambrose.

The “Pride of the Peninsular” lunch buffet will be available for the whole month of this month. It is priced at RM 32 ++ for adults and RM 20 ++ for children.

  • SAFFRON BRASSERIE, ANCASA HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 50786, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2026 6060). Business Hours: Daily, 6am to 1am.

  • Source : STAR
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