The Scene dishes out unique ke­tu­pat, ren­dang

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SHAH ALAM: Ev­ery Ra­madan, Restoran The Scene at Kom­pleks PKNS turns from an eatery fa­mous for its nasi cam­pur and stir fry dishes to a premises peo­ple from all walks of life flock to for Ra­madan buka puasa dishes.

From ke­tu­pat to serund­ing and ren­dang of sorts, as well as cook­ies, the restau­rant, which has been op­er­at­ing for close to three decades, en­joys brisk busi­ness the mo­ment it opens at 9am un­til close to mid­night when Hari Raya Aidil­fitri nears.

It was not even 11am on the first day of the fast­ing month yes­ter­day and al­ready there was a steady stream of cus­tomers.

Op­er­a­tor Ah­mad Nor­man Khalis Ah­mad Fara said dur­ing the holy month, they would con­cen­trate on sell­ing Ra­madan and Hari Raya musthaves, such as ke­tu­pat nasi, ke­tu­pat palas, three types of serund­ing, acar buah and ren­dang Tok, ren­dang Tok Perak and ren­dang Mi­nang.

Ah­mad Nor­man, 28, said all their of­fer­ings were cooked us­ing fam­ily recipes that were handed down from one gen­er­a­tion to an­other.

Af­ter sahur about 6am, his mother and aunt would make their way to the premises and start cooking the dishes.

“The most pop­u­lar dishes are the three types of ren­dang. Those who can take spicy dishes will opt for ren­dang Mi­nang.

“But, most would choose ren­dang Tok or ren­dang Tok Perak as it is less spicy and can be en­joyed by chil­dren as well.

“We sell an av­er­age of 30kg of ren­dang a day. It goes well with our ke­tu­pat palas or ke­tu­pat nasi, which are made fresh.

“We sell up to 1,000 pieces each daily,” Ah­mad Nor­man told the New Sun­day Times.

Their dishes are so sought af­ter that cus­tomers from Sabah and Sarawak are buy­ing them in bulk to be flown to East Malaysia.

Cus­tomer Nor­sham Anum Sa­maon said she had been a reg­u­lar ev­ery Ra­madan at Restoran The Scene for the past 14 years.

She said the fresh­ness of ke­tu­pat palas as well as the va­ri­eties of ren­dang were the rea­sons she had been pa­tro­n­is­ing the premises.

“More­over, there are not many places in Shah Alam that of­fer ke­tu­pat palas.

“I am a fan of ke­tu­pat palas here as it is very fresh and flavour­ful,” said the 39-yearold businesswoman.

Kom­pleks PKNS is also the place to go for those seek­ing to buy Hari Raya cloth­ing, accessories and cook­ies.

Hari Raya is a month away, but that did not stop many from mak­ing early prepa­ra­tions to usher in the fes­tive oc­ca­sion.

For gov­ern­ment em­ployee Maiza­til Elina Ab­dul Hamid, she did not mind driv­ing to Shah Alam from Pu­tra­jaya to shop for her four chil­dren.

“There is a huge va­ri­ety of tra­di­tional cloth­ing here, such as baju ku­rung and baju melayu.

“The prices are af­ford­able. So, it is worth­while to shop here.

“I do not mind the dis­tance as long as I get a great bar­gain,” she said.

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