Made my way over to PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur to try the ‘Best of Malaysia: Nyonya Cuisine by Chef Debbie Teoh’ buffet dinner at the hotel’s all day dining restaurant – Chatz Brasserie. Now I have been for a review at PARKROYAL once previously and that was at the hotel’s Sichuan restaurant and you can read more about it here – https://timchew.net/2014/03/04/food-review-si-chuan-dou-hua-parkroyal-kl/
As I quite enjoyed my (really spicy) meal at Si Chuan Dou Hua, I was quite looking forward to this review which was featuring Nyonya food. Also as I’m like 1/64 Baba, I do eat Nyonya food every now and then with my family so I’m no stranger to the cuisine.
The special menu was prepared by Chef Debbie Teoh who is a true-bred Nyonya who hails from Malacca and has more than 17 years of experience in the food industry, Her father is a Baba from Malacca, while her mother is a Nyonya from Penang and honed her culinary skills from her family. She also has vast experience in Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Western cuisine for both cooking and baking.
The multi-talented Debbie is also a foodie, author, food stylist, ambassador for the Nyonya cuisine and culture, Nyonya Food Consultant for Tourism Malaysia, and guest chef, juggling all the roles while running her own home catering business.
It’s always nice when the chef is present to explain his/ her creations to us and we got to interact with Chef Debbie throughout dinner and she was very patient in answering our questions about Nyonya food.
Among the dishes that will be part of the buffet dinner is Ayam Buah Keluak, utilising the Buah Keluak which is an Indonesian Black Nut with a hard shell, containing a black creamy paste with a unique taste. You either hate it or love it and as I’ve had it before at family dinners, I was quite accustomed to the taste.
Look out for the Pais Buah Keluak, which is similar to otak-otak but is made from keluak paste. It is available as an a la carte order at RM30.00 nett for two pieces. You can also order the Gulai Perut Ikan from the a la carte menu and is priced at RM35.00 nett per bowl inclusive of steamed rice. This is a fish stomach dish fermented by Chef Debbie herself and takes days of preparation!
Other dishes on the special menu are Fish Tempra, Lemak Udang Nenas, Telur Cincalok, Nasi Kunyit with Chicken Curry and Sambal Kiam Hu, the famous Melaka Laksa Lemak, Gulai Kiam Hu Kut, Ayam Pongteh, Ayam Kapitan, Pai Tee, Ju Hu Char, Nasi Ulam, assorted Kerabu, Geram Asam, Itek Tim, Hu Pio Soup and Lemak Sukun.
There are also other dishes as part of the buffet and these include everything from soups to salads, cheese, bread, a grill station, Western fare, dim sum, to the desserts which includes ice kacang, cendol, cakes, kuih-muih, and ice cream!
I must say that I really enjoyed the special Nyonya dishes as it reminded me of family dinners. If you’ve never tried buah keluak before, try some from the ayam buah keluak in the buffet and if you can accept the taste you might want to order the pais buah keluak. It’s not often that you can get authentic Nyonya food in Kuala Lumpur made by an authentic Nyonya chef so if you’re a fan of this cuisine, do make your way over to PARKROYAL while this promo is running.
The ‘Best of Malaysia: Nyonya Cuisine by Chef Debbie Teoh’ buffet dinner is available on Friday and Saturday from 6:30pm to 10:30pm, priced at RM125.00 nett per adult and RM62.50 nett per child and will run every weekend until 12 October 2014.
The restaurant also has Hi-Tea available on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30pm to 4:00pm, priced at RM78 nett per adult and RM39 nett per child. You can also get complimentary Nyonya cuisine cooking classes before Hi-Tea commences however kindly note that prior reservations are required for this.
Chatz Brasserie is located at:
PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur,
Operation Hours: Lunch – 12:00 noon to 2:30pm, dinner – 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Telephone: 03 2147 0088