The Scene dishes out unique ketupat, rendang
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.