My common complain to the hubster is 'There is no good Johor food in KL'. Being looking high and low for my childhood Johor favourites of lontong, soto ayam, botok-botok and deng-deng goreng. And yummy news comes along my way that Zende Restaurant in Seri Pacific Kuala Lumpur is running a Johor Food and Cultural Festival from today until 3rd June 2013 witha rotating menu.
Mind you, Johor Soto Ayam is unlike what we find in KL served with a wedge of lime (rolling my eyes)! No Soto Ayam is complete unless it is served in a hearty bowl of chicken broth, shredded chicken, nasi himpit (ketupat), fried peanuts, bergedel (potato cutlet) onions, coriander and most importantly sambal kicap! The magical sambal kicap that gives a bowl of soto ayam an awesome kick.
And for the love of God, I have not seen botok-botok for ages too unless I returned to my hometown for my fix. Nope...not botox! Botok-botok is a steam fish dish with a myriad of spices and ulam-ulaman (herbs and ferns) wrapped in a banana leaf.
Had a sneak peek of some of the dishes that you can expect when you pop into Zende in Seri Pacific. And if you see a chinese girl piling her plate with lots of yummies...that might just be me. So do say hello!
Johor asam pedas has a think sauce that calls for extra rice!
Ayam ambeng kicap
Nasi briyani byeh. This lamb briyani was so good that it was gone in minutes. So grab it quick when you see it!
Some other dishes that you can expect from the rotating menu includes Mee Rebus Tulang, Nasi Ambeng, Nasi Briyani Kambing Beyh, Deng-Deng Goreng, Otak-Otak, Mee Bandung and Lemak Lodeh. Of course there will be desserts too! Dessert is a must! Do make some room for Malaysia’s favourite dessert originated from Johor, Kole Kacang, luscious Pisang Salai, Binka Ubi, Cendol Durian, Nagasi and Kuih Sirat.
While enjoying a sumptuous meal, diners will be treated to famous Johorean enchanting cultural performances which consist of joget, zapin, medley of Johor folk songs and tarian Kuda Kepang – a traditional dance usually performed by nine dancers who are seated astride a mock horse, accompanied by a percussion ensemble of drums, gong and angklung. These dances will be performed daily during lunch time and dinner time. There will also be display and sale of ‘Made in Johor’ handicrafts at the hotel’s lobby.
This Johor food and cultural is from 21st May to 3rd June 2013. Available for Buffet Lunch and Dinner, it will be priced at RM68nett and RM78nett respectively.
Seri Pacific Hotel Kuala Lumpur
50350 Kuala Lumpur
T: +603 4042 5555
• GPS N 3 10.044 E 101 41.537
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