Well when ones says “Malaysian Cuisine” we think of Satay, Laksa or even Curry, this is because our thinking is very limited when it comes to authentic Malay food. Malay food has an influence of a lot of various regions that surround it, thus making it a multi-culinary country. Every place from Java to Sri Lanka, China to India has some sort of an influence in this cuisine and on the 7th of November we got a chance to taste a few of these delicacies at the Malaysian Magic food festival at Sofitel BKC.
A good friend Neha Manucha from Criesse Communications, called us down to try out these dishes, they are not only a treat for the tongue but for the eyes as well. The food was made by Malay Chef Bohran Senin and Chef Haron Bin Dan plus there were dances and performances by The Malaysian Dance Troupe Briged Seni Melaka. There was a wide spread at the Pondicherry Cafe, where this festival is being held, and the center stage was taken by the Malay food. There were a range of salads on their buffet, but our favourite was the Pickled Squid salad from the Malay section and the Mixed seafood and Pesto pasta with Chicken salad in the regular buffet section.
The performances started behind us on the stage with men and women wearing vibrant colorful outfits that are traditionally Malay. Soothing beats and songs just added to the entire atmosphere and made this meal more surreal; we felt like we were in a nice small eatery in Malaysia. Moving onto the mains and soups we had a very simple and mild Lamb broth with chilies and a Tomato broth with wilted cabbage. Simple as can be just right to get our taste buds tingling for the meal that was going to be devoured by us.
Like we said earlier, none of the cliched dishes were on the buffet (Except satay) but dishes that we ate, we’d never heard of before. Dishes like Green beans with Thai bird chilies, Poached Pineapple in a sweet coconut milk based sauce, Roti Jhala (which is a netted crepe made with a special 5 holed apparatus) served with a smooth chicken curry.(The Foodie had atleast three helpings of this! ) Then we came to our favourites of the night which was Ayam Goreng Berempah, a chicken stew with tomatoes and traditional spices and the Fish which was in turmeric based light curry. These curries were soupy, towards the thinner side and were very mild, they went great with a Saffron rice with lemongrass and Malay herbs. We liked the curry so much we had 3 bowls of each!!!!
The Malaysian Fest is on till the 16th, and we urge you’ll to go their and try out the different dishes of the land of Malay. With a wide range of Malaysian food, they also have their regular buffet on with food from Tuskers which is their pure vegetarian restaurant. Do meet the Chef Senin and Haron to get a deeper feel of Malay food, Chef Saha and Deepak are also always there to help people out with the buffet. This particular buffet is priced at 2100 plus taxes and we think is apt for the amount of variety that was on display! Don’t forget to take pictures with the dancers and singers in their traditional outfits.
Value for Money: 3.5