Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Spiced Pumpkin Cafe @ Shah Alam

Middle Eastern rice recipes take centre stage at Spiced Pumpkin; the highlight is the Palestinian maqlubah - fluffy spiced rice layered with a choice of chicken or lamb, cooked in a pot over an open fire, then flipped upside-down on a plate before being served with raisins and mixed nuts (RM15 for chicken, RM22 for lamb), in a tribute to the late Palestinian husband of one of Spiced Pumpkin's founders. This comes with a coriander-mint dressing and sweet-spicy hot sauce for a hearty, balanced meal.

Maqlubah is available all the time at Spiced Pumpkin, but you'll also find daily-changing specials of other rice concoctions that take cues from Syria, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, such as bazella - basmati rice baked with peas in a mild broth, completed with chicken or lamb (RM17 for chicken, RM22 for lamb), for a platter that tastes wholesome and home-made.

Spiced Pumpkin's best bet for dessert is kunafah, soft mozzarella blanketed in shredded phyllo dough and showered with syrup (best accompanied by ice cream for RM12.90), washed down with a pumpkin-and-cinnamon milkshake (RM8.50).

Spiced Pumpkin Cafe
2.0 Kompleks KPPMS Lot 291, Jalan Ru 3/9A, Seksyen 3, Shah Alam. Mon-Fri, 1030am-1030pm; Sat, 12pm-11pm.

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14 comments:

  1. Ooohhh....I do love Middle Eastern rice and meat dishes! Just reading your description of the Palestinian Maqlubah is already an appetizer for me. I'm so hungry and it's only 5pm LOL!

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    1. Phong Hong: i love the gentle spicing used for middle eastern rice dishes ... and the food here definitely had that :) hope you manage to have a good dinner soon! :)

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    2. Thank you Sean for this surprise review! We're indeed humbled by this. Please come again and introduce yourself.

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    3. Maszuzu: it was a pleasure - keep up the great work. definitely hope to try the other dishes on your menu at some point :)

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  2. Hello,

    Oh, so lovely !

    Sarah, http://www.sarahmodeee.fr/

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    1. Sarah: glad you like these too :)

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  3. I'm assuming there are lots of pumpkin used in the recipes here. ^_* I see some similarities of their spiced rice to our own Indian-style spiced rice with some similar flavours? ;)

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    1. Contact.ewew: surprisingly, the pumpkin shake is the most obvious one! :) yeah, i think you could consider the middle eastern versions to be cousins to the indian ones, but often with tamer, more mellow spices :)

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  4. Have you tried their pita nachos/chips and hummus? OMG I assure you that you won't regret ordering them, except if, you know, you get addicted to it and can't stop!

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    1. Wan Ida: i must have missed the hummus on the menu - i bet i could wipe the whole plate of hummus clean! :)

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  5. Yummmmmmy!!! I love nasi Arab! Those look good, not like what I had here that day. So expensive, very disappointing. Post in my blog coming soon.

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    1. Suituapui: hopefully you'll get a satisfying serving of rice soon, precisely to your preference! :)

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  6. I have bookmarked this place. Sounds interesting to try fusion food from Middle Eastern menus.

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    1. Twilight Man: worth considering if you’re in Shah Alam and you’re looking for a well-prepared meal :)

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