I’m a true blue Penangite at heart, and I used to only prefer food that’s strictly from the Northern states of Malaysia, eg: Penang, Kedah and Perlis. I love my Assam Laksa, my Pasembor, my Nasi Kandar mamak and the list goes on.
But my preference changed once I pursued my tertiary education when I was seventeen in Kuala Lumpur. Being picky and having just delicacies from the Nortern states is just not an option and I started to explore what other states have to offer when it comes to food.
As time goes by, I got quite adventurous and I can proudly say that I not only love Northern Malaysia delicacies, but the East Malaysia and the East Coast’s delicacies as well. Ever since I left my parents’ home, I’ve become quite a foodie and one of my favourite past time is indulging in food at food festival.
And speaking of food festival, I’ve recently had the opportunity to attend one, at 6,000feet above sea level no less in Coffee Terrace, Resorts World Genting.
Coffee Terrace is currently having Taste of Darul Makmur, Hogoh Pahang! Food Festival in conjunction with MOTAC’s Visit Pahang 2017 campaign. This is where you can find nothing but authentic Pahang delicacies.
Yours truly and Chef Rosidi Ahmad. According to Chef Rosidi Ahmad, the delicacies offered at the taste of Darul Makmur, Hogoh Pahang! Food Festival are not only authentic, but some delicacies are delicacies that’s used to be exclusively served in the palaces of Pahang as well.
In other words, some of these lovely dishes are royal dishes and used to be eaten only by the royal families of Pahang.
As the food festival is in the form of buffet, I couldn’t possible have a taste of everything in one sitting, but here’s highlighting some of the dishes that I think you need to try should you hop over to Coffee Terrace.
Sata. Sata is a savoury dish made from spiced fish paste and wrapped in banana leaves before being cooked on a grill.
Kerabu and Ulam-Ulaman. Also must try, the assorted sambals, especially Sambal Hitam. There’s no picture of Sambal Hitam here, but if you do spot it at the buffet, by all means, take some and pair with piping hot rice, bread or porridge. They’re to die for.
Kambing Bakar and Air Asam at the carving station is a not to be missed too.
Beef and Chicken Satay for satay lovers.
Laksa Pahang is not the kind of laksa I’m familar with. Unlike Penang Laksa that’s spicy and sourish, Laksa Pahang is much richer and creamier. Definitely comforting on the palate.
Sup Rusuk will surely warm and comfort your tummy, especially in the cold weathers of Genting.
Patin Tempoyak is one of Pahang’s signature dish that’s a must try, unless of course, you are not a fan of durian or anything that contains durian, as this delicious dish is made of durian. It might be quite overwhelming on the senses to some who cannot tolerate pungeant food.
Also should not be missed are the wide array of sweet desserts.
Puding Raja is a must try. This one of the royal dishes that Chef Rosidi mentioned.
Kuih Lompat Tikam and Puding Pahang
Sira Ubi Kayu is a type of sweet dessert made from casava. Those with sweet tooth will most likely adore this dish.
Sira Labu. Similar to Sira Ubi, Sira Labu is also irresistibly sweet. It can be quite addictive, so eat sparingly if you’re watching your blood sugar level.
Apart from indulging in food, some artifacts from the Federal Museum of Pekan courtesy of Yang Berhormat Dato’ Ahmad Fard bin Abdul Jalal, Pengarah Lembaga Muzium Negeri Pahang can also be seen at Coffee Terrace during the food festival.
Visit Pahang Food Festival is available at the Coffee Terrace from 12 pm to 2.30pm (Buffet Lunch) and 5 pm to 9.30 pm (Buffet Dinner) starting from 8th to 17th December 2017.
For more information, call +603 2718 1118 or visit www.rwgenting.com