BY CK Lam
In the month of August, Swez Brasserie in Eastin Hotel Penang brings to you Flavors of Malaysia. The month-long buffet has a spread of savory to sweet Malaysian cuisine with a blend of native Malay, Chinese, Indian and Nyonya food.
Moving to the appetizers and soups, there are the Penang famous pasembur, Nyonya kerabu beehoon and sup ekor lembu which featured pieces of beef, potatoes and carrot.
Try the pasembur served with an assortment of deep-fried hardboiled eggs, taukwa, yambean, prawns, crabs, potatoes, deep-fried fritters and cucumber. The accompanied semi-thick medium spicy sauce with a divine combination of spices enhances the taste of this dish.
Nyonya kerabu beehoon
Penang famous pasembur and sup ekor lembu
Among the mains, be sure to check out the traditional favorites such as ayam percik. The chicken is baked in the oven before cooked with spices and creamy coconut milk. This aromatic curry dish finishes fast.
Meatier options include the rendang tok Kelantan (beef) and kambing masala (lamb), both with different spicing and perfect with white rice. The spicy rendang tok Kelantan is much more desiring, with the spices going perfectly well with the full beefy taste.
Rendang Tok Kelantan & Kambing Masala
Try the piping hot Johor laksa with a slightly creamy spicy fish based broth. The Johor specialty comprising spaghetti, hardboiled egg, bean sprouts, onions, raw long beans is enlivened with bunga kantan (torch ginger flower bud) and red chilies. Apart from the laksa, there is the nasi hujan panas, a pretty standard rice dish.
Nasi Hujan Panas is one of the rice dishes
I’m good to go with the pasembur, ayam percik, beef rendang tok and the sweet desserts. The buffet has a range of dessert, with the usual Malaysian favorites of bubur cha cha, ice kacang and kuih muih.
The ice kacang put together with red bean, corn, black jelly, raisins, nutmeg, biji selasih (basil seeds), rose syrup and crushed peanuts is a kaleidoscope of colors and textures. The biji selasih with translucent gel covering the crunchy seed added a whole new dimension to this dessert.
The sweet warm dessert of bubur cha cha features generous pieces of yam, sweet potatoes, sago and jelly in creamy fresh coconut milk.
Currently, there is a 15% discount promotion for Maybankard, Standard Chartered Bank, OCBC Bank, CIMB Bank and Citibank card members for the Flavors of Malaysia Semi Buffet Dinner which is available from Monday to Thursday and Weekend Buffet Dinner (Friday & Saturday) from 6.30pm till 10pm.
Lunch: Monday – Friday
RM48++ (adult) RM24++ (child)
Hi-Tea: Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday
RM55++ (adult) RM28++ (child)
Semi Buffet Dinners: Sunday – Thursday (8-29 August 2013)
From RM48++ per person
For reservations, call 04-612 1128.
Eastin Hotel Penang
1 Solok Bayan Indah, Queensbay
11900 Bayan Lepas
* Many thanks to Eastin Hotel for laying on this invitation.