Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Buka Puasa at Rebung

Last Friday, we managed to get together with friends including Tepee for a bit of buka puasa at Rebung in Bangsar. This place is a new joint opened by Chef Ismail, a local celebrity chef who has his own cooking show on local television. Previously he had a stall located within the Bangsar Shopping Centre's food court.

I confess I did not take a single picture that night and
Tepee was happily snapping away so I will feature her lovely pictures that she took (Thanks so much Tepee, your pictures are fantastic!). We got there way too late, after it was buka puasa time since traffic was a bit heavy so most of the food had dissapeared from the serving trays. For those who have not been to buka puasa buffets, usually people come early to take their food and wait for the buka puasa time hence if you are late, most of the nice stuff is gone.

Let me recall what we ate that night which was memorable. The dish that stood out that night was this gulai tempoyak paku-pakis. Tempoyak is made from fermented durian flesh and chillies which they cooked the paku-pakis (Malay for ferns). It was creamy and pungent with the smell of the durian plus spicy from the chillies. They also added petai beans in the curry. That was the favourite dish among all of us and we all took large helpings of it. The bergedel was also good, made from potatoes and deep fried. These ones were tinier than normal but simply delicious. To name a few that I remember, there was ayam masak merah, grilled fish, various ulams and gulai nangka. Some of the food items were spicy especially the kerabu kacang botol (Malay for four angled beans) that really floored me. We also had continous flow of rose syrup with selasih (Malay for basil seeds) and cincau (Malay for grass jelly) to drink the whole night. There was also some very nice Teh Tarik (Malay for pulled tea drink) and Ais Kacang plus various kuih-muihs (Malay for cakes) to finish the meal with. Last but not least, there was even two men entertaining us with some music.

If you fancy Malay food and want to catch some before the end of puasa (next Thursday), do give Rebung a try. Booking is essential and do remember to be early!

4-2, Lorong Maarof
Bangsar Park
Kuala Lumpur
(next to Mango Tree restaurant)

Tel: 03 - 22832119

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.


inevitable said...

Hey, thanks for the suggestion on my site. But I am looking for a place in KL town area. Any place on your mind? Thanks

glutton rabbit said...

Boo, tempoyak? I dare not try this delicacy. Many years ago, I heard about it was thru a local comic book "Gila-gila". Now and then they featured about some local food like tempoyak, ambuyat etc thru drawings and cartoons. I saw how they made tempoyak... mmm, all I can say is that its an acquired taste... like natto and blue cheese.

boo_licious said...

inevitable - KL town? Most places there not cheap though especially the cafes/restaurants. If budget was not an issue, I would suggest Chinoz KLCC as we used to have quite a few cocktail parties there before.

rabbit - You don't eat tempoyak? So sad but never mind I understand as Splashie Boy does not eat durian! He accidentally took some and was so glad he did not touch that later on.

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