Thursday, April 26, 2018

Ramadan Buffet 2018 @ Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa

This Ramadan, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa celebrates a vibrant mixture of flavours and aromas at The Resort Café, featuring indoor and outdoor bazaar-style stations with live cooking action from the chefs, redolent of the classic bustling atmosphere of the Ramadan bazaar found around Malaysia during the festive period. Diners are in for a culinary treat with a multitude of nostalgic and new mouth-watering recipes, served on the nightly buffet dinner at 6.00pm to 10.30pm from 17 May to 14 June 2018 at The Resort Cafe.

Leading the brigade of over 40 chefs for the season is Malaysian Chef Mohamad Yatim, who has over 20 years of experience working in local and international hotels. They will be cooking up a storm of over 400 timeless dishes for 29 delicious days. 

Taking centre stage are nine main food categories which are the Nasi Station featuring Bamboo Briyani, the Bakar Station for grilled meat and seafood, the Soup Station including the restaurant’s signature Sup Gearbox Turbo, the Golek Station featuring a whole Roasted Goat, the Noodle Station, the Kawah Station, the Ulam-Ulaman Station which can be enjoyed with the wide selection of Sambals, the Goreng Station which will have fried Malaysian and Middle Eastern snacks and lastly, the Dessert Station which will feature a wide range of Durian specialities as well as traditional favourites.

Here are some of the signature dishes that were served to us during the media preview:

Gabungan kerabu tiga serangkai - three varieties of traditional kerabu, namely kerabu kacang panjang, kerabu ayam dengan nenas and kerabu jantung pisang.

One of the key highlights on the buffet is a popular dish in both Melaka and Johor, the Ekor Asam Pedas Bonda - Oxtail in rich mouth-watering Asam Pedas Gravy, cooked with fresh tomatoes and lady’s fingers to give it more depth, served with soft Middle Eastern pita bread. Very appetizing!

The Nasi Station will feature 15 varieties of specialty rice dishes with the must-try for the season, the Bamboo Briyani.  Briyani Rice together with meat and vegetables are inserted into a bamboo tube that has been layered with banana leaves, and then cooked over charcoal fire, giving it a delicious smoky aromatic flavour. The other speciality rice dishes on the buffet rotation include the Nasi Bukhari, Nasi Hujan Panas, Nasi Briyani Gum, Nasi Tomato, Nasi Kunyit Ayam, Nasi Minyak, Nasi Bukhara Buah Gajus, Nasi Ulam, Nasi Minyak Nenas, Nasi Beringin and a selection of Middle Eastern preparation like the Nasi Mandi, Maqluba, Kabsa and Egyptian Kushari.

The Bamboo Briyani was served with two types of gulai; the Gulai Ayam and Gulai Seafood. I especially love the thick, creamy chicken stew which was lightly spiced.

Hot Mezze Platter featuring four types of savory Middle Eastern snacks - kibbeh, falafel, brik and spinach sambousek.

This year's dessert highlight would be durian specialties, including this indulgent durian cheesecake served with fresh ciku.

The Resort Café’s Sup Gearbox Turbo is a must-have dish during the festive period. The soup is cooked over a slow fire for eight hours and individual bone marrow which is the prized ingredient of this dish is served to diners from a large cauldron, providing diners with a visual feast and aromatic treat. Other soup varieties that diners can look forward to include the Soto Ayam, Tom Yam, Sup Campur and Lentil Soup.

Bubur lambuk

Noodle lovers are in for a treat with a wide variety of soup and gravy based noodles at the Noodle Station which includes the Mee Rojak, Mee Bandung Sumatra, Nyonya Laksa Lemak, Laksa Johor, Prawn Mee, Dry Wonton Mee and Pan Mee.

The Kawah Station features a selection of Gulai Kawah that will be served outdoors in super-large cauldrons. There will be two Gulai Kawah served nightly from eight rotational varieties, comprising  Gulai Utara Ikan Dengan Bendi, Gulai Tulang Rawan, Gulai Ketam Dengan Nenas, Gulai Ayam Lengkuas, Gulai Ayam Pedas, Gulai Nangka pedas, Gulai Ayam Bersama Kentang, Gulai Ikan Kembung Gulai Ikan Merah,Gulai Sotong Cili Hijau and Gulai Kambing Bagar.

Lemang and ketupat

Yemeni Chicken Mandi

Cous cous with lamb

At the Bakar Station, which will be located outdoors, fresh marinated meat like Chicken, Beef, Lamb and seafood like Fish - Ikan Pari, Kembong, Siakap and Selar - Squid, Prawns, Kupang, Clams and more will be grilled a la minute by the chefs.

The Golek Station will feature a whole Lamb, which has been marinated overnight with almost 25 different local spices and mixed herbs such as old ginger, garlic, lemongrass, galangal, salt, masala, coriander, yoghurt, mint leaves and cumin powder before slow-roasted for four hours to retain its moisture, producing a tender and juicy meat for diners to enjoy. 

The Ulam-ulaman Station features Kacang Botol, Petai, Daun Selom, Pucuk Ubi, Daun Pegaga, Ulam Raja, Jering, Jantung Pisang as well as pickled fruit (jeruk) which can be enjoyed with the wide selection of Sambals and some Asian home-made dressings. Each day will also see a rotation of favourite Asian salads such as Pasembur, Gado-gado, Miang Kham, Som Tam, Pecal Jawa and Rojak Buah.

Seafood on ice

For dessert, find a myriad of durian specialties such as Durian Ice Kacang, Durian Cheesecake, Durian Cake, Pengat Durian, Durian Smoothie, Durian Pudding, Durian Wajik, Durian Pulut, Durian Pizza and Durian Ice Cream. There will also be Malay and Nyonya desserts, an assortment of agar-agar, pudding and bubur, Sarawak kek lapis, an assortment of raya cookies, local fruits as well as a Goreng Station with Malaysians favourite tea-time snacks like the Goreng Pisang, Cempedak Goreng, Keropok Lekor, Karipap, Ubi Goreng and much more. 

The buffet is priced at a special promotional price of RM98 nett per adult from 17 until 23 May and 11 June to 14 June 2018; whereas the buffet is priced at RM178 nett per adult, RM108 nett per senior citizen and RM98 nett per child (aged between 6 to 12 years old) from 24 May to 10 June 2018.

During Hari Raya Aidilfitri, diners can celebrate with family and friends at The Resort Café where buffet dinner is available at RM98 nett per adult and RM68 nett per child on both 15 June and 16 June 2018, starting from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. 

For more information or reservations, please call 03-7495 2009 / 03-7492 8000 or email to Advanced reservations are encouraged.

Location: The Resort Cafe, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Selangor, Malaysia.

Tel: +603-7495 2009


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