For readers who’ve been following us on our Instagram and Facebook page would have known of our recent travel to the beautiful country of Malaysia a few months back. Our travel diaries have been always about soaking in the local culture, devour street-food and flavors traveling the world…one country at a time. With the essence of Malaysian food aromas still fresh in our minds, it was an absolute delight to be back at the Marriott Hyderabad Convention Center for their Malaysian Food Festival in association with Tourism Malaysia.
It was a wondrous night starting off with a delish-looking plate of appetizers. The Chicken Satays got us absolutely knackered with a beautiful hint of lemongrass off the peanut sauce. I’ve had Rojak in Malaysia and already knew what to expect off the plate. The strong textures of umami were lacking in the rojak due to decrease in the usage of shrimp paste. Chef Ruizad has done a fantastic job with the dishes, having toned down some of the strong shrimp flavors coz of the local palette changes.
The Ikah Goreng Berempah (Fried fish with Malay herbs) and Kambing bakar percik sos (roast lamb) rounded off to complete our appetizers. Special mention to Chef Ruizad’s make of the roast lamb which shone through all the beautiful spices it had been cooked in. I was actually so happy cutting through the roast lamb with my knife before sweet meaty indulgence.
In the main courses, the Sotong Sambal is something that diners from coastal India can identify with. The squid sambal was cooked in an exquisite sambal gravy, only wishing for the spiciness of the sambal to have increased up a notch. If the Thai have their red curries, then Malay cuisine gives it their won twist with the Curry Sayur. The Curry Sayur is a mixed vegetable gravy combining flavors from lemongrass and other fresh herbs. The curry shines through impressively when had with a simple white or jasmine rice. And yes not to forget a side of kobis goring kunyit berchili which is fried cabbage with chilis, very similar to Indian dishes.
A sweet end to the meal was a refreshing dessert platter. The Badak Berendam and Pisang Goreng was a nice addition to the already vast dessert buffet menu at Okra.
The Malaysian Food Festival is on at Okra in Marriott Hyderabad Convention Center. It is part of their regular dinner buffet till the 29th of March. Also the Malay menu changes every night. Expect to find a whole lot of new dishes the second time around.