The extended Movement Control Order (MCO) may have stalled our lifestyle and crippled our finances. However, when it comes to such important occasions like Ramadhan and Aidilfitri celebrations, the show must go on, albeit in smaller groups.
Therefore, even when there is no Ramadhan bazaar this year to buy our favourite breaking of fast fare, don’t let the situation put your mood down, because it’s time to adopt a new normal, even for berbuka puasa.
My family and I often break fast with our Muslim friends during the holy month of Ramadhan, although we do not fast. This year is no exception as we continue to indulge in the traditional breaking of fast among our close family members.
On Sunday, we had the opportunity to savour in the most scrumptious buka puasa delights from the popular TIFFIN Restaurant of Ipoh premier hotel, WEIL. If you can’t go out for Ramadhan buffet during Movement Control Order, worry not, let the food come to you.
In this context, the chefs at TIFFIN Restaurant have planned three delicious packages. They are priced at RM109 (good for 4 – 6 pax), RM169 (for 6 – pax) and RM249 (for 10 – 12 pax), respectively. There is also an appealing à la carte menu to add on to your package, if you so wish.
One feature about ordering food from a notable restaurant such as TIFFIN at WEIL Hotel is that strict compliance with stringent food safety and hygiene standard are met. Only fresh ingredients and premium sauces are used. The food is vacuum packed using blast-freeze technology to minimise bacteria growth and concurrently, prolong product shelf-life, without compromising on food freshness or nutrition, thereby retaining flavour, taste and meat texture.
When you are ready to order, drop a message to TIFFIN Restaurant’s dedicated WhatsApp number at +6012-5029228 or call +605-2082228. After placing your order and payment made, the package will be delivered to your address. Delivery hours are from 11am until 3pm, daily.
The food is delivered in a polystyrene ice box to keep fresh. You might know this concept as “freezer meal” or “ready to cook”, which means that all you need to do when you prepare for your buka puasa is to defrost the vacuum packs and heat up the dishes. Voila, nobody’s any the wiser when you serve such hotel standard dishes for dinner, fresh, warm and from the heart.
In this post, I am sharing TIFFIN Restaurant’s Ramadhan @ Home Package 2, which is good for 6 to 8 pax.
The package consists of the following items:
Sup Kambing @ 960g
Jumbo Satay – Chicken (Beef is another option) @ 10 sticks (with peanut sauce and rice cake)
Chicken Curry (another option is butter Chicken) @ 500g
Chicken Masala @ 500g
Kambing Hitam Manis @ 500g
Vegetable Dalcha @ 500g
Tom Yam Mee Hoon @ 800g
Kurma @ 2 packets – complimentary and while stocks last
See, breaking fast at home among the nuclear family only is just as meaningful despite the constraints of MCO, no thanks to the virus that ‘shall not be mentioned’. Most importantly, we comply with the government’s stay home order. Meanwhile, needless to crack our head on what to cook, or sweat it out in the kitchen. How awesome can this ready-to-cook concept be?
Each pack of food has an expiry date, specific instructions for storage and cooking. For most of the food, a standard preparation is to place the vacuum packed food into a plate or bowl that is filled with 300ml of water. Microwave for 8 to 10 minutes, if the package has been thawed; or for 18 to 20 minutes, if frozen. Stand for 1 minute and pour the content onto a plate to serve.
If a wok is used instead, first thaw the pack of food for 24 hours in refrigerator. Remove the vacuum pack, pour food into wok, then stir fry for 10 to 15 minutes in medium fire. Remove food onto a plate to serve. “Cooking for Dummies” can’t be any simpler.
I am not a fan of red meat but always make an exception for Ramadhan. The Sup Kambing here is flavourful with plenty of secret ingredients added in. I could taste that the soup has been boiled for a long time due to the tender meat, that easily detaches from the bone. What stood out for me is that I could enjoy the soup without having to bear with the gamey taste. The soft textured meat absorbed well the soup flavours, so much so you will keep asking for second helpings.
I had expected the vegetables to be in a mash, but they still retained their form, which is what I personally prefer. A good mixture of vegetables including potatoes and carrots, make this a healthy dish. Looks spicy but it’s not. Friendly to diners who cannot tolerate spice.
If you scrutinise the menu, you will see that Chicken Masala is actually from the à la carte menu, and not part of Package 2. This shows that if you wish to have another dish in addition to the package, you can do so. As I had potatoes with me, I decided to include them to Chicken Masala to give it more bite. It was either this or Chicken Curry but to add potatoes to curry is too mainstream, right?
The sauce of Chicken Masala is heavenly; one can tell by how fast we could finish a loaf of bread, just by dipping into the sauce. The spiciness level is just right. I also love how tender the chicken meat is, also easily separates from the bone.
Chicken Curry has a stronger kick than Chicken Masala. This curry makes my scalp sweat, passing my spiciness test. If you prefer, you may add potato cubes and chilli but to savour it prepared in its original form is heavenly as well. Love how well cooked the chicken is, yet retaining its taste and texture.
Kambing Hitam Manis
As mentioned, I am not partial to lamb, but am game to try this dark dish, which I garnished with spring onions to give it a dash of green. This is one of the non-spicy dishes in the package. In fact, as the name suggests, its thick sauce is sweet. The meat is soft and tender, although it still has its gamey taste, slightly.
Tom Yam Mee Hoon
I had expected this plate of fried rice vermicelli to be spicy and sour but it’s not at all. In fact, this dry-fried mee hoon is “just right”, not overly spicy or sourish. If you wish to eat smoother mee hoon, you can add some water to it when refrying. Moreover, with so much kuah available in the other main courses, mixing some sauce to this mee hoon is a great combination, too.
Jumbo Chicken Satay
Preparing these satay is slightly different from the others. After thawing, there are three methods to prepare: bake; over a stove or grill. I placed them over a stove. So, what I did was to heat 1.5 tablespoons of oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Cooked for 2-3 minutes, turned the skewers over the fire for the same amount of time, until the satay is cooked.
It’s really effortless and we don’t have to call the BOMBA as would be the case for any roadside satay stall. Hahaha!
Dates are compulsory to break fast with. Although simple, dates are actually my favourite item to eat during Ramadhan. Haha, not Rendang, not ketupat, but kurma. Don’t ask me why. These dates are complimentary and come with each package, while stocks last. If you like dates as much as I do, you’d get the Ready-to-Cook package just for the dates!
Hurry, keep these numbers of TIFFIN Restaurant on your phone: +6012-5029228 (WhatsApp only) and +605-2082228 (put this on speed dial). With close to four weeks to Aidilfitri, I can sense that these Ramadhan @ Home Ready-to-Cook packages will come in handy on many a berbuka puasa.