Aug 08

The breaking of fast is a time when one enjoys a meal after a day abstaining from food & drink. In this month of Ramadan, breaking of fast or as known locally; ‘bersungkei’ sees families congregating to enjoy the meal together.

While you source for the next destination for breaking or simply just to enjoy the buffet dinner tailored for Ramadan, why not five Sungkei Ria a shot? Held every evening at Blue Lagoon, this Ramadan buffet dinner offers not just great varieties of food at over 100 selections but also an unparalleled ambience as it overlooked the magnificent city and river view of Kuching, graced by wisps of evening breeze. Along the terrace, buffet lines traced the walls of Blue Lagoon where the hotel chefs are also ready to cook up their specialty ala minute delights.

This year’s Sungei Ria features, among many others, authentic Indian food. According to Executive Sous Chef Partick Chew, an invited chef who specialized in Indian delicacies will be helming the Authentic India Food Station every night, reay to fulfill your orders. Diners can also look forward to unlimited sushi, maki and sashimi from the hotel’s trademark Japanese Buffet. Indulge in the goodness of the Japanese delicacies as you move along the buffet line.

On the buffet line up, Chef Patrick Chew, the Executive Sous Chef mentioned that the wide varieties would cater to the different preferences of each diner. Diners who crave for traditional malay cuisines, he recommends trying the different varieties of kerabu available as well as the choices of ulam-ulam and pickled fruits for starters. Do not miss the chance to try the Sarawak specialty Bubur Pedas and Laksa Sarawak as well. Over at the carving station, Roasted Lamb and Boneless Chicken with Trimming are served daily with potatoes and a selection of vegetables.

Sungkei Ria also feature the Thai food corner where diners will get to enjoy steamboat with the choice of tom yam or chicken broth soup base with 19 different types of dips from beef, squid, and dish fillet to fresh oyster mushroom and tofu. Our Japanese chef, Chef Gu will also be serving up fresh sashimis and different varieties of sushis and makes for Japanese food lovers dining at Sungkei Ria this Ramadhan.

For BBQ lover do not forget to try out the Otak-Otak and the selections of Satay, served hot with spicy peanut sauce. Among other BBQ goods are Beef Rib Eye Steak, Lamb Shoulder, Prawns, Cuttlefish, Mackerel, Chicken Frank and Chicken Kebab. If you prefer a light dinner, head on to the Bubur & Soup corner and help yourself to a bowl of hot Sup Ekor or Sup Tulang. If soup is not fulfilling, then make sure to grab some Tori Canai, Roti Tissue or Murtabak from the Indian Stall. There’s also a variety of traditional dessert such as Kek Lapis Sarawak, Bingka Jagung, Cucur Keria, Pisang Kepok and Sago Gula Melaka apart from the selections of cakes, pastries and fruits available. Two types of buah kurma are provided daily especially for the Ramadhan diners.

Priced at RM79++ per person, the buffet is available daily at the Blue Lagoon from 1st – 29th August 2011. Surau is also provided on the same floor for the convenience of Muslim patrons. For further enquiries or reservations. please call the hotel’s Food & Beverage Department at 082-247 777 ext 4412. Early bookings are advised, to avoid disappointments. All prices are subject to 10% service charge and 6% government tax.

Apart from the glorious buffet spread of Sungkei Ria, Riverside Majestic Hotel is having the ‘Ramadhan Stay In’ room package. Relax and unwind this August with an attractive offer of RM190++ inclusive of 2 days and 1 night accommodation, buffet breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children, and a complimentary signature dish at the River Palace Restaurant. The Ramadan Stay In offer is valid from 30th July till 5th September 2011. For enquiries on Ramadhan Stay In, please call 082-418911.

Aug 06

The Original Macam-Macam Ramadan Mega Buffet returns as we welcome the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Dubbed the biggest buffet in town, this mega buffet which is held at Grand Margherita Hotel has earned its reputation with its never ending rows of buffet items. This year, the buffet boasts over 200 choices of food including the authentic flavours of Indochina and Middle East, adding to selection of Japanese, Malaysian as well as Western cuisines available at the buffet.

This year, the launching of the Original Macam Macam Ada Ramadan Mega Buffet is officiated by the Assistant Minister of Tourism, Sarawak, YB Datuk Haji Talib Zulpilip, who is also the chairman of Sarawak Economic Development Corporation Sarawak (SEDC). The Ministry of Tourism & Heritage is also having a “Majlis Berbuka Puasa” at the hotel on Sunday, 7th August 2011 which will be attended by YB Datuk Amar Abang Zohari, Minister of Housing & Urban Development. Invited guests will be dining amidst the relaxing ambiance of the Poolside Pavilion that overlooks the Sarawak River as they enjoy the many varieties of the Original Macam Macam Ada Ramadan Mega Buffet.

Diners of the buffet can start off their memorable culinary experience with the red dates which is an important part of the breaking fast ritual. Do not miss out on the Ramadhan specialties such as Bubur Pedas. Ikan Terubok, Assam Pedas, Lemang and plus a number of local delicacies, served fresh and hot. Live cooking stations which feature the Indo-China specialties are the Thai Station, Cambodia Station, Vietnamese Station and Khmer-Charcoal Station, Indo-China Corner and Thai Corner.

Highlights from the invited Cambodian chefs include delicacies such as Pad Thai, Banh Choo, Phobo, Som Tam, Moan Ang, Nom Dong Dot, and many more. Not forgetting the Penang Hawker speciaties such as Penang Assam Laksa, Penang Char Kway Teow, Loh Bah Penang, Hokkien Prawn Mee Soup, Ju Hu Eng Chai and Penang Fruit Rojak.

According to the hotel’s Executive Chef Ricky Kong, the invited Indochina chefs are from established hotels in Cambodia, namely Angkor Palace Hotel & Ree Hotel while the Penang chefs hailed from well known dining spots in Penang.

Macam-Macam Ada Mega Buffet caters the needs of all diners as the selection in the massive spread rangers from Malaysian, Western, Chinese, Japanese, Indian to Middle Eastern delicacies. The buffet also features all-time favourites complete its host of appetizers, soups, hot dishes, desserts and beverages.

Diners who would like to give Middle Eastern cuisine a try may opt for tantalizing choices such as Spring Lamb on the Spit with Rice, chicken or Lamb Shawerma (kebab), Dajaj Lafat (Baked Stuffed Chicken) and Kofta Bil-Tahina (Lamb Ball in Tahina).

One of the major highlight of this year;s Macam-Macam Ada are the Indo-China delicacies, with a wide variety of appetizers, flavourful choices of soups, ravishing spread of main dishes and mega buffet of desserts. With twenty one beautifully prepared cold dish and appetizers, such as Kong Phak Cher (Prawn Salad with Bittergourd) and Ma-Kak fruit salad (Kedondong with Smoked Fish), it will be no surprise if you are done too soon. So, save more room and make sure to try out the main dish too like Moan Ang (Marinated Chicken on Bamboo Skewer), Tear Tim (Steamed Duck with Vegetables Stuffing) plus more than forty different dishes for you to choose from. All this selections, and add in thirty five more choices of sweet desserts, all originated from Indo-China countries.

Enjoy daily selections of Chinese Cold Cuts and other appetizers such as Ikan Terubok Goreng, Houmus, Moutabil, Tabolah, in addition to a wide variety of Salads such as Kerabu Salai, Kerabu Kacang Botol, Kerabu Assam Mango, Ulam-ulaman, Gado Gado, Karedok, Urap and many more.

Bubur Pedas, Paru Goreng Rempah, Daging Rendang with Lemang, and are just some of the local Ramadan specialties available at Macam-Macam Ada. Popular Indonesian dishes like Ikan Goreng Sans Cabek, Pendeng Balado, Pepes Ikan Mas, Ayam Plecing, Daging Balado, Opor Ayam Keluwak, plus twenty four more hot selling items are made available especially for Macam-Macam Ada.

A delicious selection of soups and broths includes Sup Rawa, Soto Ayam, Sup Buntut, Soto Ayam, and Soto Madura, served fresh and steaming hot. BBQ lovers can choose to have their dishes barbequed ala Chinese, Western. or local style with selections such as “Meisan” Roasted Chicken. Braised Duck with Brown Sauce, Sirloin Steak, Seafood Panggang and Satay Ayam, Daging and Lamb.

Macam-Macam Ada also caters for the vegetarians with selections such as Potato Samosa, Vegetarian Spring Roll, Wok Fried Lo Han, Changkuk Manis Masak Lemak & Labu, Tumis Sayuran, and a selections of Steamed Pau. Indulge in the wonderful flavours of Indian cuisine like the all-time favourites, Briyani Rice with Condiments, Tandoori Murg, Roti Naan, Garlic Naan, Papadom, Aloo Gobhi, and Dhal Vegetables.

An abundance of attractive desserts are just waiting to be picked and savoured, ranging from international to local delights such as Creme Caramel, Ais Kacang, Sago Gula Melaka, Bubur Pulut, Pastries, as well as a host of local and Nyonya kuih-muih.

Attractive prizes are up for grabs when you dine at “The Original Macam Macam Ada”. Stand a chance to win the grand prize, a 42 inch LCD Television plus a fantastic holiday package, inclusive of return tickets for two and accommodations. Simply drop off your gift certificate stub into out Lucky Draw Box at the main lobby. Weekly draws are done every Monday while the Grand Draw will be on 29th August. Priced at RM80++ per person, the buffet is available daily the Poolside Pavilion from 1st – 29th August 2011.

Apart from the glorious Macam-Macam Ada Ramadan Mega Buffet, the hotel is also offering the ‘Ramadhan Stay In’ room package as well as a Ramadan Meetings Package. The Ramadan Stay in Package starts at RM180++ for 2 days 1 night accommodation, buffet breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children, and a complimentary signature dish at the Meisan Restaurant. For the Ramadan Meetings Package, a half day meetings package starts at RM20++ per pax while a full day package is from RM80++ onwards. With considerations to the fasting Muslim guest, those who did not utilize their high tea will be entitled to a complimentary The Original Macam Macam Ada Ramadan Mega Buffet dinner voucher. The Ramadan Stay in package is valid from now till 5th September 2011 while the Ramadan Meetings Package is valid till 31st August 2011.

Bookings for The Original Macam Macam Ada as well as the Ramadan Meetings Package can be made by calling the hotel at 082-42 3111 while those interested to take up the attractive Ramadan Stay In Package can contact their Central Reservations Team at 082-418911.

Jun 26

Had the opportunity to dine at an Indian restaurant in Adelaide almost 2 months ago! Wow! This is such an old post hahaha…

Was told that it’s one of the best Indian restaurants in Adelaide.

The interior.

The menu. Let’s see what we haad ordered:

Pappadams (AUD2.80)

Garlic Naan (AUD3.40). Leavened bread topped with garlic cooked in the tandoor.

Tandoori Paneer Tikka (AUD10.50). Pieces of home made cottage cheese marinated in Indian spices, yoghurt and grilled in the tandoor. The green bowl of sauce in the middle of the plate is mint+yogurt dipping sauce.

Mixed Platter for 2(AUD6.90). 2 pieces of samosa, 2 pieces of sheek kebab & 2 pieces of chicken tikka. The sheek kebad is an acquired taste.

The main courses.
Starting from top left, I’m not so sure what’s that, could be Tandoori Roti (AUD2.80), wholemeal unleavened bread cooked in the tandoor; Mutton Curry (AUD16.50), a traditional goat curry on the bone with herbs, spices, green chillies & tomato in Kashmiri style; Basmati Steam Rice (AUD3.00).

Starting from the bottom left, Gosht Mumtaz (AUD17.50), pieces of boneless lamb cooked in a mild traditional cashew nut based curry; Dal Makhani / Dal Tadka (AUD11.90), lentils in a thick gravy flavoured with onion, ginger & garlic; Murg Makhani (AUD16.90), yoghurt & marinated chicken fillet cooked in a cream, tomato & butter sauce.

You can check out more details of this place here…

Contact information:
Address:
10 Market Street, Adelaide, South Australia. 5000
Phone number: (08) 8231 1177

Jun 06

Discovered Nanyang Cafe in Rundle Mall.

It’s located in Rundle Mall, accessible from the food court of David Jones.

They serve a variety of Malaysian cuisines. If you crave of Malaysian food in Adelaide, this is one of the Malaysian eatery that you can visit but do not expect Sarawak Laksa or Sarawak specialty here though.

Hainan chicken rice(AUD8)

Chicken Laksa(AUD8) with extra chili. If you can’t stand the spiciness, don’t ask for extra chili, it’s very spicy.

This place is always packed during lunch hour. So this means the food is good enough, you’ll never go wrong with the crowd.

By the way, it’s not halal, they do serve pork.

Contact details:
136 Rundle Mall
Unit 26, Renaissance Arcade
Adelaid 5000

Tel: 0432 120 800

Aug 16

Biggest Buffet Dinner is back in Town!

Happening for the first time since the recent hotel renovation patrons have a choice of dining at the refreshed Orchid Garden Coffee House or enjoy the scenic view of the Sarawak River from the pool side. The coffee house is tastefully decorated with its floor-to-ceiling glass walls and vibrant coloured interior.

The Original Macam – Macam Ada Buffet Dinner by Grand Margherita Hotel is back again this time with even more to offer. Widely regarded as the biggest buffet in town, patrons will be treated to a wide offering of Chinese, Indian, Western, Middle Eastern, Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Indonesian and 1Malaysia favourite dishes.

With over 188 flavouful dishes served daily throughout the month of Ramadhan, this buffet dinner also features carvery delights from the Middle East, live cooking stations and authentic Penang hawker specialty such as Char Kueh Tiaw, Asam Laksa and Hokkien Prawn Mee served fresh and hot by chefs flown in from Penang itself.

Start off on a memorable culinary experience with the chef’s selection of appetizing Chinese Cold Cut and also the ever popular red dates which has become an important part of the breaking fast ritual. Do not miss out on the Ramadhan specialties such as the Gurame Goreng Sans Cabek, Opor Ayam Kluwak, Ayam Bumbu Ketumbar and Pepes Ikan Mas from Indonesia as well as cuisines from the Middle East namely the Dajaj Lafat, and Kofta Bil- Tahina.

Also available is the Indian food selection featuring Biryani Rice with Condiments, Thandoori Murg, Roti Naan and also Potato Samosa, Wok Fried Mix Vegetables, Changkok Manis Masak Lemak dan Labu and Tumis Sayuran for vegetarian diners. For those with a sweet tooth, indulge in the seemingly endless dessert list of Soft Ice Cream, Kuih Nyonya, International Pastries, Sago Gula Melaka and our popular local dessert Bubur Cendol Sungai Bedil to name a few.

In the heart of the coffee house lies the island styled show kitchen where interaction between diners and chef is very much encouraged.

The Original Macam – Macam Ada Buffet Dinner is a month long promotion happening from 11th August to 9th September 2010, RM79++/person.

A popular choice for diners, seats are being snatched up quickly and so to avoid disappointment, early reservations should be made at 082-423111 ext 1109 / 1158.

Aug 05

Here… Some photos to share with you for the Kuching Festival Food Fair.

Date: 31st July – 22nd August
Time: 6pm – 11pm
Place: Dewan Masyarakat

The entrance. Just going to show you the surrounding, food will come in coming post(s) because I’m still collecting them.

As usual, you can always find the same old stalls every year without fail.

There are also news ones. It seems like there’s more stalls this year compare to the past.

More stalls…

Was caught with surprise when I smelt durian smell. You got to be kidding me! Sell durian in food fair?!?! WOW! I hope the tourists won’t be shooed away by it. Anyway, there’s many people lining up to buy the food there. Seems like it’s quite a hit.

Various associations were given the chance to sell there too. You can find food from various races/dialects there.

Another section of the food far.

This stall has the most “advanced” banner.

Food photos will come soon, maybe in the coming post.

Feb 19

I’m sure you are seeing Bombay Masala everywhere in Kuching.

Managed to visit one of them few weeks back. This one is located at Lorong Nanas.

There were 2 sections, air-condition section and non air-condition section.

Going to show you some food that we ordered there, no prices available though as we didn’t get the chance to take note of the prices of each and every single one of the food:

Nasi briyani ayam madu (honey chicken)

Roti tisu with condensed milk

Roti canai kosong (plain roti canai)

Cheese naan

Plain naan with Kari Daging

Fried mee Maggie

Jan 31

Lyn’s Thandoori Restaurant used to operate at Rubber Road.

They are now relocated to Jalan Song Thian Cheok. Very easy to spot it. Very near to MAS building.

Here’s the food that we had ordered:


Papadum.


This came with the Papadum.


Beef and Mutton Biriyani(RM12.50 for each). The rice used was Basmathi rice.



This two came with the Beef and Mutton Biriyani.


In case some of you are wondering, this is called lassi. It’s actually yogurt drink.

You can check out more at Lyn’s Thandoori Restaurant‘s own site.

Contacts:
Address: No. 7, Lot 267, Jalan Song Thian Cheok, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak

Jun 10

Here’s one really good Malay cafe that serves Malay/Indian food. It’s really delicious. The price is really affordable and generous portion. Previously was located at somewhere near 4.5 mile Everrise or junction opposite Arang Road. Now, they had moved to 3rd Exchange.

Here are some food and beverages that Daun Kari Cafe offers:


Chicken Briyani, only RM5.90 with HUGE drumstick!


Noodle in Curry(RM3), sweet and spicy.


Drinks, hot barley(RM2) and ice lemon tea(RM1.60).This place is really recommended! Two thumbs up! Staff is friendly too.

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Oct 24

Sri Shan Curry & Such is situated in Ban Hock Road. It’s owned by a Chinese but the cook is Indian.

Here are some food and beverages that Sri Shan Curry & Such offers:


Nasi Lemak (RM2.50), pretty affordable.


A type of curry, don’t know what is this. The portion is small and it costs RM5, pretty spicy. You can order the curries from the fast food section and each costs RM5.

Business Hours:
Sun – Mon : 7.00am – 3.00pm
Tue – Sat : 7.00am – 10.30pm

Address: Lot 383, Jalan Ban Hock, 93300 Kuching, Sarawak.
Contact No: 082-410118
Email: sri_shan@streamyx.com

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