In Malaysia, the month of Ramadhan is a big deal, seeing as how a majority of the population is Muslim. During this time, the community fasts from dawn to dusk, breaking fast in the evening. Back then, it used to be a much simpler affair with home-cooked meals but today, what with hectic lifestyles and increasing purchasing power, more people are opting to eat out. In recent years, hotels have tapped into this demand by offering buffet dinners, usually centered around traditional Malay cuisine.
I got to attend a preview of Selera Nostalgia at Four Points by Sheraton Puchong recently, which aims to bring diners on a ‘nostalgic tour across Malaysia’s favourite dishes’. While the menu is mostly Malay-centric, our country’s diverse ethnic makeup and cultural influences means that diners will also find Indian, Chinese and Western dishes – over a hundred selections!
Cosy dining area with warm lights and intimate seating arrangements. Could do with a better layout of the buffet line though because it was all over the place – appetisers and desserts at the same counter, the Nasi Kandar stall tucked into a somewhat hidden corner, a random spot where there was fried snacks and keropok.
The main buffet line: Rice, noodles, meat and seafood-based dishes served in woks. There was spring chicken with briyani spices (ayam dara masak briyani), beef stew with coconut cream (daging masak gulai), Malaysian oxtail soup (Sup Ekor), prawn mee, curry laksa and more.
Nasi Kandar stall, with various sides.
Malay salads aka ulam-ulam.
The Rojak corner, where guests can personalise their own plate of rojak – a fruit/vege salad mixed with a sweet/salty shrimp paste and topped over with chopped nuts and other condiments.
You can also customize your own salad with various local curries and sauces!
The live cooking station where chefs made ‘Roti John’ – a hotdog-like bun stuffed with fried omelette and filling such as sardine, tuna and chicken, grilled on a skillet.
Briyani rice, cooked in herbs and spices.
Noodle station where the chefs make your dish to order.
Other items available on the menu include steamed vegetables with peanut sauce (gado-gado), roasted chicken salad (kerabu ayam panggang), glutinous rice with beef floss (lemang dengan serunding), fried chicken, fish roe, crabs, prawns and squid, fish curry, cihcken in soy sauce and lamb kurma. There was so much to try it was impossible to have a taste of everything. Here’s what I tried:
Keropok lekor ! These fried fish snacks were a big part of my childhood and oh-so-addictive. The one here had a firmer texture but tasted great with sweet chilli sauce – crispy on the outside and springy and chewy on the inside.
Cucur udang – flour/shrimp cakes that were airy and light, but a tad on the oily side.
Otak-otak (literally brain brain :D), fish/seafood paste wrapped in banana leaves and grilled. The version here had a bright red colouring and tasted like crab meat sticks.
I found the goreng-goreng (fried items) a tad disappointing, as they were soggy and oily. There was fried chicken, shrimp, fish and crab.
Meal was redeemed by the excellent roast lamb, which was tender, pink and just right without an overly gamey smell. It wasn’t too fatty either, and paired well with mint /black pepper sauce. Went back for seconds! :D
The Chinese-style yong tau foo, which comprised of beancurd and various vegetables stuffed with fish paste, was served with soup and tasted pretty decent.
Local fruit corner: cempedak, nangka (jackfruit), longan, jambu air, rambutan, mangosteen, papaya, etc.
Dessert section: dates, pudding, cakes, ice-cream.
All in all, the food was decent, but it would have been nicer to have a selection of international cuisine, as those were rather limited.
The Selera Nostalgia is available from 27 May to 24 June, at RM140nett per pax and RM70 nett per child (4-11 years old). Early bird discounts are available for those booking from 10 April to 29 May at just Rm100 nett per pax. You might also win yourself a chance to stay at and dine at the hotel. :)
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THE EATERY @ Four Points by Sheraton Puchong
1201, Tower 3, Puchong Financial Corporate Centre,