Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Break Fast with Indonesian Delights

We are into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan- a month of fasting, cleansing and forgiveness. And when it's time to break fast, many families gather at home to share the evening meal that is usually more than sumptuous. For something different and to give the homemakers a break from toiling in the kitchen, try the Buka Puasa Buffet Dinner (Adult: $42++ Monday-Thursday; $45 Friday-Sunday. Child: $20++) at Concorde Hotel.

Celebrity Chef William Wongso (in black) of Indonesia has teamed up with Concorde Hotel's Muslim Sous Chef Nandang to offer a spread of Indonesian treats. Chef Wongso hosts the Indonesian TV cooking programme "Ceritarasa Willian Wongso" and has cooked for political dignitaries including Indonesian President Yudhoyono and US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. He is also the Culinary Advisor for Garuda Indonesia.

I walked round the buffet tables and soon found my plate filled with all kinds of goodies. The prawns were meaty and and flavoured with the fresh taste of ground chilli. The brinjal was soft and sweet. I also like the rolled crabstick omelette with lashings of sweet chili sauce. But my favourite item on the plate was the Pepes Bandeng Presto Kaluwak (steamed milk fish with spiced buah keluak) shown at the bottom right corner of the plate. The black thing looked horrible but the tender fish with its soft bones was delicious with the layer of black buah keluak paste.

My main gripe was with a few of the meat dishes. The fried chicken, though tasty, was dry. And so was the veal cheek satay and beef rendang. I wonder if it could be a style or preference of Indonesian meats.

This hungry cow was super happy with this bowl of Rawon Buntut (East Java Buah Keluak Oxtail Soup). Though it had a salty first impression, the lovely depth, sweetness and earthiness of spices and robust oxtail combined to win my heart. While at the soup, munch on the Indonesian keropok, Emping Belinjau! I like the slight bitterness of this cracker. :)

There's also a barbecue section and here, it's the fragrantly grilled prawns and tender lamb chops that I heart. Oh how I wish there was sausages.

For desserts, there's a whole spread from puddings, chendol, assorted kueh kueh and cakes.

Chef Wongso's Sarikaya Creme Brulee looks cute eh?

This Buka Puasa Buffet Dinner runs till 9 Sept and would appeal to both Muslims and non-Muslims alike with the wide range of flavours from Indonesia. Sit by the pool side and feast under the stars!

Thanks to Evelyn and Vivien of Concorde Hotel Singapore for the invitation and for hosting me.

Buka Puasa Buffet
Level 4
Concorde Hotel
Tel: 6739 8370
Opens: 6.30-9.30pm (until 9 Sept)

Chew On This: Diners will have a chance to win attractive prizes (including business class tickets for two and two nights' stay at Hard Rock Hotel Bali!) in a lucky draw!

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