The business of breaking fast

The various chefs with some of the delectable Ramadan dishes from the MITEC kitchens.
The various chefs with some of the delectable Ramadan dishes from the MITEC kitchens.

Come early May, Muslims will embark on their yearly religious obligation to fast. As such, the Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala Lumpur wants event planners to give their participants a taste of breaking fast in a traditional style. They will be bringing five kampung (village) flavours to meeting attendees this Ramadan, emphasising on a variety of taste and scent that will titillate one's palate after a long day of fasting.

"[We will be] bringing back the nostalgia of five favourites from kampungs, such as Sup Tulang Merah from Kampung Melayu Majidee in Johor, Daging Kerutup from Kampung Ira in Pahang, Asam Pedas Ikan from Kampung Tujuh in Melaka, Gulai Kawah Daging Pisang Muda from Kampung Ekor Kucing in Kedah and Ayam Percik from Kampung Chepa in Kelantan," said chef Chiew Chee Mun, executive chef of MITEC. 

The menu begins with an appetising assortment of starters, such as gado-gado, ketupat, lemang, nasi impit, bergedil, rojak buah‐buahan and aneka jeruk. For mains, chef Chiew has prepared some of the most delicious and authentic Ramadan dishes, such as kari kalut, kambing golek, udang masak mentega, siput sedut, lemak, rendang kambing and, the all-time favourite, bubur lambuk. Desserts, too, are on the menu, such as the traditional Malay kuih, bread butter pudding, cendol, as well as serawa durian. 

All seven of MITEC's kitchens, including its main kitchen (Malay, Chinese and Western kitchens), are halal certified by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) for Muslim guests to dine with complete peace of mind. 

The corporate Iftar promotion (for 100 persons and above) will be available daily throughout Ramadan, from RM128++ (US$31.10) per person. With two customisable menu choices, clients have the option to seven add-on stalls including a dusun durian at the Venue's Oval Garden. Apart from this, MITEC also offers Muslim guests a designated prayer room, telekung (prayer outfit for female), prayer mats, sandals and on-site ablution facility allowing guests to perform their prayers.

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