Travel: Meeting Dato’ Chef Ismail at Restoran Rebung in KL

Dato’ Chef Ismail is the food ambassador of the Malaysian Tourism Ministry and owner of Restoran Rebung in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

tech4tea.com was invited by Tourism Malaysia to check out the restaurant and meet with the affable owner-chef. Here are some pictures that Wee Wu Neo has sent back to Singapore. Text by John Tan.

Chef Ismail shares how he helped his grandmother in the kitchen since he was five, learning how to cook Malay heritage dishes over the years.

Chef Ismail shares how he helped his grandmother in the kitchen since he was five, learning how to cook Malay heritage dishes over the years.

Restoran Rebung is located at No. 4-2 Lorong Maarof, Bangsar (59000) in KL, near to the bustling nightlife in the capital’s Bangsar district.

Siput Sedut or Belitung cooked in curry. In case you’re wondering, it is a species of Sea Snail.

Siput Sedut or Belitung cooked in curry. In case you’re wondering, it is a species of Sea Snail.

The interior decor is very traditional and reminds one of the typical Malay home.

Get a taste of Negri Sembilan at Restoran Rebung.

Get a taste of Negri Sembilan at Restoran Rebung.

The 55-year-old celebrity Chef Ismail Ahmad grew up in a small village in the Malaysian state of Negri Sembilan and includes in his menu a huge list of local cuisine that diners can order a la carte or through a buffet.

Nasi Lemak - fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf - wrapped in banana leaf and old newspaper.

Nasi Lemak – fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf – wrapped in banana leaf and old newspaper.

Dishes include nasi lemak, goreng pisang, grilled fish and squid, roti jala, and a wide range of appetisers like rojak and desserts like durian pulut (durian flesh served with sticky rice) and ABC (air batu campur – beans and corn etc served with crushed ice and syrup).

A delectable spread of local delicacies for the buffet.

A delectable spread of local delicacies for the buffet.

The price of the buffet for each person is RM40+ for lunch and RM50+ for dinner. You can also partake high tea comprising Malay desserts at RM35+.

A wide variety of dishes for the curry lover. His dishes makes use of a large variety of local spices.

A wide variety of dishes for the curry lover. His dishes makes use of a large variety of local spices.

The 13-year-old Restoran Rebung is co-owned by Dr Sheik Muszaphar – Malaysia’s first astronaut.

The restaurant is open daily from 12 noon to 10.30pm at night. The phone number for the Halal restaurant is 03-2283-2119.

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