At first glance, it wasn’t the most appetizing dish we have ever come across. But the taste and aroma of Mak Cho’s Kitchen’s chicken and pork buah keluak was enough to knock us off our feet with delight and satisfaction.
Everything was dark and black except for the bay leaves floating within. Upon scooping up, there were 4 HUGE buah keluak, 1 tenderlicous chicken thigh and some chunky pig trotters.
Let’s start off with the chicken. It was amazingly tender, which could have been braised for a long time, with the smokey, nutty unique taste of the buah keluak infused deep into its flesh.
Next was the pig trotters, which had a good proportion of fats and lean meat, and was crazily tender and literally falling off its bones.
Finally, the buah keluak filling was intense with its unique nutty and smokey taste. For the uninitiated, buah keluak’s filling involves a labour intensive cooking process to achieve its final product. It can be said to bear an acquired taste which may not really suit some taste buds. But hey, we loved it!
The gravy was absolutely thick and creamy, filled with all the buah keluak’s goodness, and definitely suitable for plain rice or even on their Nasi Ulam. Digging out the buah keluak’s filling and mixing with the rice was crazily tasty and delectable.
Was it worth $60 for all 3 items? Definitely! Great for a family meal with these awesome home cooked dishes.
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