PUTRAJAYA: For a taste of Yemeni food, make your way to Madfoon Palace’s second outlet at Basement 3, Menara Putrajaya Holdings in Precinct 2, Putrajaya.
The outlet overlooks Putrajaya lake and can seat 250 people at any one time.
It has a wide selection of food and facilities compared to its branch outlet at Taman Melawati.
With a menu prepared by chefs flown in from Yemen with 15 years of experience, diners can rest assured that their meal will be delicious and authentic.
One of the restaurant’s founders, Abdullah Mohammad Salem Bawazir said many Malaysians who visited Jeddah loved Arabic food but it was difficult to find an authentic Arabic restaurant.
“Thus, Madfoon’s Palace was established to provide a Middle Eastern dining experience that is as close as possible to dining in Yemen and Jeddah,” he said.
Among the must-try dishes said Abdullah, is the madfoon lamb or chicken. Abdullah said madfoon in Arabic means buried.
For this dish, the fresh chicken or lamb will be marinated using secret herbs and spices which are produced only in Middle Eastern countries.
“It is ‘buried’ in the custom-made oven using a slow fire for four hours to soften the meat and to give it a nice aroma.
Fried onions will then be sprinkled over this dish to add more flavour and aroma to the dish.
“This dish is unusual and due to
its lengthy preparation, very few people know how to make it,”
Besides the madfoon dish, diners can also opt for the lamb or chicken “zurbian”, which is prepared using more than 25 spices of mandy lamb and chicken.
“For those who prefer something light, they can choose shish tawooq, better known as grilled chicken skewers, kebab or the mix grilled platter. We will update the menu every three months to ensure that the diners will get to enjoy a wide range of food,” he said.
As for the drinks, some of the must-try drinks at the restaurant include the mint tea and Araisy juice, a blend of banana, honey dew and mango with some nuts and raspberry syrup. Prices start from RM6 to RM38. Madfoon is open daily from 11am to 11pm. By Nor Ain Mohamed Radhi