KLANG: â€ŽA royal cookbook featuring more than 60 recipes to share the culinary delights from the Selangor palaceâ€Ž has been launched by the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
Launched at the Istana Alam Shah here on Sunday evening, the cookbook titled â€œDapur Istana Alam Shah – Royal Recipes from Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Selangorâ€ was authored by the Selangor Sultanâ€™s younger sister, Tengku Puteri Nor Zehan.
The cookbook is a compilation â€Žof favourite recipes passed down by their mother, the late Tengku Ampuan Rahimah.
â€ŽThe bilingual cookbook, which took two years to produce, comes with photographs and illustrations, showcasing the delectable and easy-to-follow recipes infused with the exquisite settings of a royal banquet.
Tengku Puteri Nor Zehan said her late motherâ€™s attention to detail could be seen through her beautifully handwritten recipes that have been captured together with with more than 60 recipes, categorised under Lunch Dishes, Afternoon Tea, Dinner Cuisine, State Banquet Delicacies, Royal Favourites and Special Recipes.
”My mother always placed great importance on the palace kitchen because dignitaries and guests would remember the food that was served to them, and these impressions are important in preserving thee impeccable standards that the palaces in Selangor must strive to uphold.
”Before the arrival of guests, my late mother would often spend hours preparing and perfecting every meal with the help of her well-trained staff.
”This dedication has led to the palaces in Selangor to be renowned for all the special dishes they serve.
”For me, the most memorable was when she personally supervised the food at my wedding in Istana Alam Shah,” Tengku Puteri Nor Zehan said.
She said the recipes had a melting pot and multicultural touch as they were influenced by many culinary houses, as Tengku Ampuan Rahimah was educated in a Dutch school in Medan, Indonesia.
”There are many more exquisite recipes in the book that are unique to the royal Selangor palaces,” she added.
The launch of the royal cookbook was also complemented with a noble cause – raising funds for the Rumah Amal Cahaya Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (Ractar).
”All proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will go towards Ractarâ€Ž to build a multipurpose hall, enabling them to be a self sustainable entity in its own right.
”I hope you will purchase a copy of this beautiful cookbook, which were printed in limited quantity and made available through Ractar,” she said, adding that RM726,000 had been raised so far, even before the sale of the cookbook started.