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A Poolside Feast
A pictorial featuring Celebrity Chef Wongso’s Buka Puasa Buffet Dinner by the Pool at Concorde Hotel Singapore

The idea of a buka puasa buffet dinner is appealing. But it almost seems sinful – to partake in a lavish feast after a day of fasting. I am ashamed to admit that many previous attempts at fasting have failed. My body reacts violently to food deprivation. It is not an exaggeration. I have utmost respect and admiration for my Muslim compatriots during Ramadan. Seeing my colleague fast with hardcore determination only makes me believe it is truly possible. But I am in no shape to try for myself. The only thing about Ramadan I can probably relate to is the part where they break fast.

Concorde Hotel Singapore recently invited me to a unique buka puasa buffet by their pool. Prepared by renowned Food Critic and Consultant and accomplished restaurateur, Chef William Wongso, this feast is meant to showcase Indonesian cuisine’s best and most robust flavours. This buffet is not only palate titillating, it is also quite large. Your four senses will be tickled by the arresting aromas, sweat inducing spices, supremely sizzling a la minute specials and authentic flavour combinations.

I went, I ate and I conquered most of what they had to offer. But it was to be a one-time thing. Unless of course I actually do decide to fast. But that is not going to happen, anytime soon.


From their press release:

Buka Puasa Buffet Dinner by the Pool
11 August to 9 September 2010, 6.30pm to 9.30pm

Monday to Thursday                          Friday to Sunday
Price: Adult: $42.00 ++ per person         Price: Adult: $45.00 ++ per person
*Child: $20.00 ++ per person                *Child: $20.00 ++ per person

One *child under 12 years old dines for FREE with every paying adult

Hailed as one of the best in the Indonesian culinary scene, Chef Wongso boasts over 30 years experience, and is known for his skills in Indonesian, Asian, and Western cuisine. Since making his debut into the culinary scene in 1977, Chef Wongso has had the honour of preparing delicacies for Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Vice-President Jusuf Kalla and U.S Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. Chef Wongso was also responsible for introducing signature dishes such as Western Sumatra Caramelized Beef Curry, Beef Rendang and the mini Nasi Tumpeng to Garuda Indonesia’s in-flight menus.

The Buka Puasa buffet dinner by the Pool will showcase his pièces de résistance– Western Sumatra Rendang(caramelized beef curry), Goreng Bandeng Presto (fried soft bone milk fish with bandeng presto); and gastronomic gems such as Asinan Jakarta (pickled fruits and vegetable salad with soft-shell crabs), Rawon Buntut (East Java Kaluwak oxtail soup), Saté Padang (Western Sumatra veal cheek satay), Saté Daging Kelapa Madura (Mandurese spicy grated coconut satay), Saté Udang Jawa (Java prawn satay), Goreng Bandeng Presto (Fried soft bone milk fish with bandeng presto), Seafood Nasi Goreng (seafood fried rice with tumeric spices), Kecipir ( stir- fried wing beans and white bait) and Balado Terong (fried eggplant with red chilli salsa).

Our dessert counter will feature a wide array of sweet temptations, including Chef Wongso’s Sarikaya Crème Brulée, Es Cendol, Es Teller and Kolak Durian with Sticky Glutinous Rice.

Diners will have a chance to win attractive prizes in our Grand Lucky Draw:
Grand Prize: Business class tickets for 2 to Bali by Garuda Indonesia & 2 nights’ stay at Hard Rock Hotel Bali
2nd & 3rd Prizes: Economy class air tickets for 2 to Jakarta by Garuda Indonesia

All dishes are prepared in Concorde Hotel Singapore’s Halal Banquet Kitchen.

DBS/POSB credit card members enjoy nett prices for the Buka Puasa dinner.

Discounts cannot be used in conjunction with other privileges and promotions.

For reservations, please call 6739 8370 or 6739 8855 ext. 8133
Email: spices.chs@concorde.net
Website: http://singapore.concordehotelsresorts.com
All prices listed are in Singapore dollars and are subject to 10% service charge & prevailing government taxes.

William Wongso’s website: http://williamwongso.com

Posted on 1st Sep 2010 in Uncategorized


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roclafamilia commented on October 21, 2010 at 7:38 am

Helpful blog, bookmarked the website with hopes to read more!


ryan commented on July 29, 2014 at 3:15 am



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