Almohtaram House

Today we go all the way to Cyberjaya. Getting to this place without a car is a hassle. So the fact that I did, and that I am bothering to share it with others should be enough to tell you that this place is worth the trip (at least once). Plus, having just been to an Egyptian place, it’s only fair we also do the Sudanese one.

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What’s So Special About This Place

Sudanese food. We will only be focusing on the “Sudanese” side of the menu (the label says Sudanese but it includes the other items that were brought in by our East African neighbors), as most, if not all, of these items are pretty much impossible to find elsewhere in Malaysia. Once again, I feel the need to emphasise, Arab cuisine is not a single cuisine, and in Malaysian context in particular, it is actually Yemeni cuisine that is the most dominant (due to the significant presence of Yemeni people on Malaysia, past and present).

How to Get Here

It’s bloody Cyberjaya *frustrated face*. You can take the KLIA transit and stop over at Putrajaya Central. There is also a bus from Kelana Jaya. In both cases, once at Putrajaya Central, there’s a bus (520 according to Google Maps) that can bring you within walking distance of the place. If you ask me though, that’s like the one place where I’d tell you to just get a car, be it Grab or fishing for a friend with wheels.

Budget

I’ll say around 20-40, depending on a few variables. A lot depends on what you want to order and how much food do you really want. Most Sudanese dishes are meant for sharing, so first of all, this is a place where you simply should not come alone or with just one person (I mean, you can, but that just limits your experience).

What we have had

Well, there’s two ways to do this. They have a 9eeniya (Seeniya; صينية) which is basically like a platter with several dishes, recommended number is 4-6 people. You get a choice of either 3a9eeda (A spongy thingie that takes the role of bread) or Gurra9a (A dosa-like thingie that takes the role of bread also). We went for 3a9eeda. If you take 3a9eeda you get to choose between two gravies, or to have both of them together (which is what we did).

 

 

 

 

 

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Directly above the 3a9eeda is the potato salad, then going clockwise we have the Shayya (Sudanese-styled BBQ), Kibda (liver, usually lamb), some chicken in gravy (not recommended tbh), aubergine salad (سلطة اسود;a must-try), and Foul (fava beans, it’s also a staple food in Sudan) with crushed 9a3miyya (a close relative of Falafel) on top.

Aubergine Salad
Aubergine Salad

Alternatively, if you feel the need to have more say in what you would like to eat, you can order the items off the a la cart menu. Actually, I’ll say that if you are familiar with the food, it is best you just order a la cart, as there is no actual savings on ordering the platter. Here’s what we have had when we decided to go on the a la cart (on a seconed visit of course, our apetite has a limit afterall):

 

 

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First up we have the Zighni, a bloody spicy thing from our Ehiopian/Eritrean neighbors. The meat of choice would normally be chicken, but can also go for lamb if that’s your cup of tea. Think that wasn’t spicy enough, try it with the chilli on the side *evil laugh*.

 

 

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One of the most common items back in Sudan is that Fatta, which can roughly be translated into “Mash”. Simply put, we just mash everything together there: fava beans, falafel, bread, cheese, etc.

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Fatta

Last, but not least, is the Gurra9a, which was the option we did not take in the 9eeniya as we chose the 3a9eeda. It has the same gravy options as that of the 3a9eeda and tbh prefering one over the other is simply a matter of taste. I, for one, would be in the 3a9eeda camp if it’s something eaten once in a blue moon but would be on the other side if it becomes a more regular thing (3a9eeda can make you feel quite bloated, hence I try to avoid having it regularly).

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Gurra9a

As for the beverages, the Karkadeh (Hibiscus juice) is definitely a must. You can order it individually or as a jug. It’s a lot stronger than what was being offered at Tut’s.

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Verdict

Food: 4/5: The diversity of the menu and its uniqueness on itws own is enough reason to visit this place. Just make sure you call in advance as the menu is not fully available all the time

Service/Ambience: 2.5/5 Nothing special about the place to be honest. They’re not the most attentive nor timely waiters. But it’s not too bad to be honest.

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