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Here's what these chefs look forward to having on their dining table when they break fast and during Hari Raya celebrations

We all have foods that we look forward to every festive season. With Ramadan starting this weekend and Hari Raya about a month away, we ask these chefs about their favourites for the season. 

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Suzana Anwar, pastry chef at Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

"I really enjoy lontong with rendang daging but when Ramadan comes around, I miss the ayam percik as well as the nasi tomato with ayam masak merah that my mom makes the most. When I was younger, the nasi tomato was a special meal usually served when we broke fast."

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Chef Amin Mohd Saidin, executive sous chef of Troika Sky Dining

"Lemang and rendang are traditional dishes every Eid; they are a must-have in every household. The ingredients are basic but I get nostalgic thinking about it. My father and I always prepared this dish the night before Raya. We would go into the jungle and find suitable bamboo and banana leaves. We would cook it with his special recipe and when morning came, the whole family would crack open the lemang and enjoy it together. Every bite now reminds me of those days with him and my family."

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Chef Zaffar Abdul Samad, executive chef of The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur

"My favourite dish during this season is daging masak hitam, which is slow-cooked beef with black soya sauce and local spices. This delicious traditional dish is suitable on any occasion, including Hari Raya. This is one of the first few dishes my grandmother taught me to cook when I was a young boy. I was intrigued by the types of ingredients and spices used to create this tantalising dish and is staple at family gatherings. There was always a family debate every year on who cooked the best daging masak hitam and we all agreed that my grandmother's version would always be the most special as it had her distinctive touch that we had never been able to replicate." 

Chef Azli Ahmad, head chef of OpenHouse KLCC

"During Raya, my Favourite is kuah kacang (peanut sauce) with beef. I love my family recipe, which is served with ketupat. I also love nasi tomato with ayam masak merah and none will beat the one my late mom used to make. For sweets, my favourite is kuih makmur coated with icing sugar and filled with crushed peanuts. It's heavenly."


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