KLANG: Of all the meals the Selangor palace has had the pleasure of hosting, Tengku Puteri Nor Zehan remembers her wedding dinner, which was held at Istana Alam Shah, the most.
The younger sister of the Selangor Sultan said her mother, the late Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, had taken charge of preparations for the dishes herself.
"For me, the most memorable moment was when she personally supervised the food for my wedding at Istana Alam Shah," she said during the launch of a royal cookbook titled Dapur Istana Alam Shah Royal: Recipes from Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Selangor at the palace on Sunday.
Tengku Puteri Nor Zehan said her mother always placed great importance on the palace kitchen as dignitaries and guests would remember the food served to them.
"These impressions are important in preserving the 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 being renowned for all their special dishes," she said.
The cookbook, featuring more than 60 recipes of culinary delights from Istana Alam Shah, was launched by the Selangor Ruler, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
The bilingual cookbook, which was authored by Tengku Puteri Nor Zehan and took two years to produce, is a compilation of favourite recipes passed down by her mother.
Tengku Puteri Nor Zehan said her mother's attention to detail could be seen through her beautifully written recipes, categorised under Lunch Dishes, Afternoon Tea, Dinner Cuisine, State Banquet Delicacies, Royal Favourites and Special Recipes.
Many of the recipes, she added, reflected the country's melting pot of cultures 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 palace," she added.
All proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will go towards Rumah Amal Cahaya Tengku Ampuan Rahimah for the construction of a multi-purpose hall.