Friday, September 12, 2008

Bojari Rice by Chef Faizal from Rempah Ratus Nasi Lemak Restaurant


Chef Mohd. Faizal is just only 34years old, a young innovative chef with more than 10years experience in culinary, specialising in malay cooking and heading the kitchen of Rempah Ratus Restaurant. He also had been working in many kitchen through his culinary journey such Genting Highland Resort, Pearl International Hotel, Summit Hotel and Mines Beach Resort.

One of the things that he can't do without till today is his set of knives which had been following him all this 10years. He loves cooking especially having the chance to cook for Tun Mathir and also some royalty families but his top celebrity fan is his own mother! He advices young chefs to be more motivate, focus and dedicated to their work. One of Chef's wishing list is to able to work with Chef Gordon Ramsey one day!

Here is the recipe that Chef Faizal would like to share with us, Bojari Rice.


Bojari Rice (for 2-3person)


500gm Rice
100gm Onion
80gm Garlic
50gm Ginger
80gm Lemongrass
80gm Candlenut
80gm Dried Shrimp
10gm Tumeric
150gm Ghee Oil
1.2litre Water
20gm Ginger Flower
8gm Screw Pine Leaf
30gm salt

1. Blend ingredient B
2. Wash the rice
3. Saute blended ingredients till fragrant in a pot with ghee oil.
4. Add in rice, salt and screw pine leaf.
5. Add in water
6. Cook for 20minutes or until rice cooked.
7. Before serving, sprinkle the chopped ginger flower

OTAK-OTAK(Steam Fish Paste with Egg, Herbs & Spices)

500gm Fish Paste
50gm Onion
20gm Garlic
20gm Ginger
40gm Lemongrass
50gm Candlenut
50gm Dried Cilly(soaked and blend)
4nos Egg
10gm Rice Flour
5gm Tumeric Leaf
10gm Salt

1. Blend all the ingredients B
2. All all the ingredients
3. Pour in a flat mould which had been layered with banana leaf.
4. Wrapped the mould with plastic wrapper.
5. Steam for 30minutes

Fried Chicken Rempah Ratus

1kg Chicken (cut into desire size)
100gm Onion
50gm Garlic
50gm Ginger
80gm Candlenut
50gm Lemongrass
30gm Fresh Tumeric
3gm Lime Leaf
40gm Dried Chilly(soaked and blended)
20gm Salt
10gm Sugar
2nos Egg

1. Blend all the ingredient B
2. Mix all the ingredients.
3. Marinate the chicken for at least 3 hours before deep frying.
4. Fry till golden brown.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Chefs Reminisce Mothers' Old Ramadhan Favourites

Recently I got the luxury to taste the Ramadhan spread of lovely dinner at Atrium Cafe, Pyramid Tower Hotel, Sunway Pyramid. There were appetisers such as Pecal(assorted vegetables with spicy peanut sauce), Solok Lada(stuffed chilli with fish paste and coconut gravy), Kerabu Mannga(young mango salad with crushed peanuts), Pergedil Daging(Deep fried minced beef ball with egg) and Ulam-Ulam Melayu(Malay Salad). The soup served was Soto Ayam(clear chicken broth with rice cake, peanuts, spring onion and fried glass noodle)and also next was the roasted whole lamb with mild surabaya sauce plus Roti Jala(malaysian net-like Crepe served with chicken curry). There were also a spread of main dishes such as Udang Galah Goreng Brechilli(fried fresh water prawn with chilli paste), Ikan Tenggiri Masak Tempoyak(mackerel cooked in spicy durian paste), Sayur Goreng Lodeh(stir fried mix vegetables with soya bean cake), Kambing Kuzi(braised mutton in tradisional malay spices), Ayam Kaleo(chicken braised in turmeric and chilli coconut sauce) and Nasi Tomato(tomato rice).As for desserts, there were local sweets such as Bubur Pulut Hitam Bersantan(sweetened black glutinous rice stew wuth thick coconut milk), Talam Ubi Kayu(baked tapioca cake with palm sugar) and Kuih Lopes(steamed pandanus glutinous rice with grated coconut).


(Assorted Vegetables with Spicy Peanut Sauce)

200gm Fern leaf(blanched)
300gm Kangkong(blanched)
200gm White cabbage(blanched)
200gm Young jackfruit(blanched & sliced)
200gm Long beans(diced)
6pcs Hard tofu
2pcs Soya bean cakes(sliced)
10 Boiled eggs (wedges)
500gm Pecal sauce

1. Blanch cabbage and long beans.
2. Fry tofu and soya bean cake. Cut into slices.
3. Arrange all ingredients on a platter and serve with pecal sauce.

Pecal Sauce

500gm Peanut
100gm Cooking oil
120gm Shallot(peeled & blended)
50gm Garlic(blended)
50gm Ginger(blended)
150gm Red chilli(blended)
50gm Shrimp paste
150ml Tamarind juice
20gm Galangal(crushed)
20gm Salt
120gm Sugar
100ml Water

1. Heat oil in apot and add in all blended ingredients. Fry unitil golden brown and add in chilli.
2. Put in crushed peanuts, tamarind juice, chrimp paste, salt and sugar. Simmer until gravy thickens.
3. Serve with pecal.


Pergedil Daging
(Deep Fried Minced Beef Ball with Egg)

500gm Minced beef
400gm Potato(boiled & mashed)
4 Eggs
20gm Red Chilli(chopped)
500gm Cooking oil
50gm Chinese celery
40gm Fried shallots
5gm White pepper
3gm Salt

1. Stir-fry minced beef until dry. Leave aside.
2. Place mashed potatoin abowl and mix with minced beef. Season well.
3. Add in sliced Chinese celery and fried shallot. Mix well.
4. Roll the mixture into a small, round-shaped cake.
5. Dip beef cake in beaten eggs and deep-fry until golden brown.


Kambing Kuzi
(Braised Mutton in Tradisional Malay Spices)

1kg Mutton(cubed)
500ml Evaporator milk
150gm Kerisik
200gm Onion(sliced)
500gm Cooking oil
100gm Cashewnuts(fried until golden brown)
10gm Lime juice
200gm Tomato(wedged)
300gm Tomato puree
50gm Chilli
100gm Fried shallots
100gm Mint leaf
100gm Chinese parsley

150gm Briyani powder
50gm Ginger(blended)
100gm Chilli paste
80gm Green chilli(blended roughly)
80gm Red Chilli(blended roughly)
100gm Onion(blended)

1. Mix mutton cubes with ingredients(B) and let it stand for 1hour.
2. Add in tomato puree, kerisik and salt.
3. Heat oil in a wok and saute sliced onion until tender.
4. Add in meat and water. Cook until the meat becomes tender.
5. Then, add in salt, milk, tomato, red chilli, green chilli, lime juice, cashewnuts, mint leaf, chinese parsley and fried shallots.
6. Stir well until the sauce thickens.


Kuih Lopes
(Steamed Pandamus Glutinous Rice with Grated Coconut)

1kg Glutinous rice
Pandanleaves(blended with 1 cup of water 5 pieces and strained. Keep water)
1 Coconut
1cup Gula Melaka
1cup Water
1/2teaspoon Salt
Few sheets Banana Leaves

1. Soak glutinous rice in a bowl of water until it expands. Steam it until half cooked.
2. Mix and stir well with pandan water.
3. Wrap it in banana leaf to form a triangle shape.
4. Steam until fully cooked and keep it cool.
5. Boil gula melaka with water. Keep cool.
6. Grate coconut and mix with salt.
7. Coat the cool cooked rice with grated coconut.
8. Serve with sugar syrup.


All these lovely food was the hotel's 30-man strong Malay cuisine brigade recollects their mothers; time-homoured recipes and uncomprising details in presenting a symphony of traditional delicaies, the chefs under the tutelage of Chefs Reduan Ahmad Tarju, Fazli Baharudin, Zulkiflee Zaharudin and Azzul Azmi, promise to make "Berbuka Puasa" with more than 200 dishes, an occasion to look forward to at Atrium Cafe every sundown from 1 to 30 September 2008.


COool Chefs just like Big Boys Kitchen . . . . . it was truely an experience to dine the food churned by the master chefs themselves! . . . . SidneyK

Sun & Surf Cafe from Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa is also serving this Ramadhan buffet from 1 to 30 September 2008, 6.00pm to 10.00pm nightly.

Price is RM88++ per adult and RM44++ per child at Sun & Surf Cafe and RM75++ per adult and RM37.50++ per child at Atrium Cafe.

For reservations or enquiries, your readers may contact (6-03) 7492 8000 Extn. 3169 for Sun & Surf Café or Extn. 6305 for Atrium Café.