By Norain F.
Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection where Muslims are required to fast as a way to celebrate and commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. Not only is Ramadan celebrated from a religious standpoint, it is also the month where cultures collide, especially when it comes to food. In countries like Malaysia, where its multicultural society is one of its most treasured aspects, Ramadan is always anticipated by everyone, regardless of religion or ethnicity. Ramadan is also the month of prosperity and sustenance, bringing about abundance of opportunities for local food vendors and hawkers. During Ramadan, food bazaar, or more commonly known as ‘Bazaar Ramadan’, is present almost everywhere.
Bazaar Ramadan isn’t the only place where you can get your yearly fix of murtabak, rendang tok and other traditional Malaysian foods. We were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to have a sneak taste at what Rajawali Coffee House @ Awana Genting has to offer during the fasting month. Surrounded by greenery and cool fresh air from the mountaintops, Awana Genting is one of Malaysia’s most popular tourist attractions. It’s not only famous for its mesmerizing sceneries, though. Awana Genting is also home to Rajawali Coffee House, which is an eatery that is well-known for its Ramadan buffet.
Here at Rajawali Coffee House @ Awana Genting, you can expect the best Malaysian-inspired cuisines that incorporates traditional Malay flavours that is difficult to find elsewhere. An interview with the chef reveals that they choose to focus more on traditional cuisines due to its rarity. The menu includes rendang tok, nasi biryani, sweet and sour clams, silver catfish with durian tempoyak paste gravy, fried seafood, smoked beef gulai, kambing golek and many more. You’ll have to place your reservation to find out more!
Now, on to the food review. We don’t know where to start because there’s just so much to choose from but let’s begin with the smoked beef gulai. The best way we can describe this is that it’s tender and it pairs really well with the gulai, which is seasoned to perfection. I think it’s one of the best dishes to break your fast with.
Our next favourite is the kambing golek. Yes, we’re talking about the kambing golek. It is cooked on an open fire and you would think that would dry out the meat. But that’s not the case, as the meat remains tender and juicy and it melts in your mouth like butter. You wouldn’t want to miss out on an opportunity to have this in your tummy after a long tiring day of fasting.
If you’re anything like us, you’d love murtabak for iftar. Luckily enough for us, Rajawali Coffee House actually serves murtabak and it’s one of the best ones that we have tried. They make a simple combination of onions and shredded chicken so incredibly good.
Next up on the list of our absolute must-tries is the fried seafood. There is a counter that specifically caters to fried seafood such as fishes, prawns, fish balls and even fried crabs. Our favourite part is that even though it’s deep-fried, the seafood doesn’t feel greasy and it’s definitely one of our guilty pleasures.
Also on their menu are multiple options of curries. You name it, they’ll most probably have it. The ones that we have tried are the squid and fish head curry. You can really taste the authenticity of the curry, seasoned with what I think are hints of coriander and cumin. The squid is not at all chewy, indicating that it’s freshly cooked. One bite in, and it suddenly takes us to the streets of Penang, where curry is one of its most famous attractions.
The next item on the menu that we think everyone would enjoy is the silver catfish with durian tempoyak paste. While we are usually not a fan of tempoyak, this one definitely caught us by surprise. For the first time in forever, I actually think that tempoyak tastes good. The fish was freshly cooked and there’s no hint of fishiness (pun intended). The durian paste (tempoyak) actually complements the fish really well and we enjoyed every bite we took.
However, the buffet doesn’t just stop there. There are plenty of other unique items on the menu and one of it is their wide range of traditional Malay kuihs. There’s a whole section dedicated to these delicious Malaysian delicacies and we can’t get enough of it. Firstly, of course I tasted the kuih bakar. It’s one of my most favourite Malaysian kuihs and I am not disappointed by the taste. In fact, it actually tastes super good and fluffy, and the sesame seeds on top adds a nice finishing touch to it. The options aren’t only limited to kuih bakar – in fact, there are plenty to choose from such as seri muka and kuih gulung.
The buffet is priced at RM110 nett per person (Adult) and RM55 nett per person (Children below 12 years old and Senior Citizens above 60 years old). Book before 20th May 2018 to enjoy an early bird rate of RM90 nett per person (Adult).
All in all, our dining experience of the Ramadan Buffet at Rajawali Coffee House was a very a good one. The food was amazing, the ambience is relaxing and it’s only situated 40 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur. If you’re in need of a break from the city, you would love this place. We gave the entire experience a 4.5/5 and we encourage you to experience it yourself!