One good thing about living in Malaysia ? We have so many holidays for the many different races/religions that live here that it’s like a never-ending celebration throughout the year ! :D Christmas and New Year’s is followed by Chinese New Year, then there’s Easter, Diwali, and of course Eid-al-Fitr or Hari Raya, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadhan. People used to make home cooked meals, but these days, many are opting to treat themselves and their families to buffets at hotel.
Recently I got to try the buffet at V E Hotel & Residences in Bangsar, which opened last year. This will be the second time that their all-day dining restaurant, The Straits Estate, is running a Ramadhan buffet, and the theme for this year is ‘Straits & Arabian Bazaar’ – featuring an assortment of Arabian and local favourites!
The ulam-ulam section (Malay style salad) – assorted greens with sauces, pickles and tempe (fermented bean curd).
Keropok lekor, aka crispy fried fish crackers – although these were a bit soggy from being left out in the open for too long.
Chef ladling piping hot spoonfuls of Malacca-style Kawah Kari Kepala Ikan (fish head curry in a wok) into smaller bowls. Traditionally during Ramadhan in Malay villages, folks would have a celebratory feast prepared by the villagers, where everyone chips in with food + manpower. To cater to the large number of guests, they would serve the food directly from the kawah (wok).
Arabian/Mediterranean inspired pastries and hearty appetisers such as Hummus, Fattoush Salad, Babaganoush and flat breads, to name a few.
Assorted Malay favourites and must haves every Raya: rendang, curry, serunding ayam & daging.
Succulent Ayam Percik Terengganu (roast chicken) marinated with a blend of herbs and spices.
Not sure what the black rice was but it was goooood.
At the outdoor patio, next to the water feature, chefs grill seafood to order. Choose from ikan pari (stingray), ikan tenggiri, ikan tongkol, ikan cincaru and more. My pari was excellently done and had none of the fishy smell commonly associated with the fish.
Kebab meat roasting on a rotating spitoon.
Whole fried fish.
Possibly one of the best dishes of the day; the Lamb Shank Tagine which was tender and juicy, complemented by well flavoured sauces of black pepper and mint.
Looking at the spread of food made us rambang mata (unable to pick what to eat!). The hotel staff were kind and accommodating enough to serve us individual dishes so that we could have a bit of everything. The mee goreng (left, fried noodles) packed a punch of spice and flavour, while the assorted seafood and meat platter comprised of mutton, shrimp, mussel and squid.
Tongue on fire; quenched thirst with a variety of drinks. The Sado Water had chillies floating in it. After tasting it, the other writers and I agreed that it tasted like liquified wafer biscuits x__x. Not unpleasant, but somehow strange.
Nostalgic brands that every Malaysian should be familiar with.
Moving on to the kuih muih, there was pandan cake, kuih cara, kuih lapis, tapioca cake and peanut crackers. Although the savoury items up until then were all good, the desserts were a tad disappointing.
Too pretty to eat cake.
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