Buka puasa buffet at Empire Hotel, Subang

The Empire Hotel, Subang Jaya aims to be different with its Ramadan buffet this year.
The themed “Seenak Citarasa Malaysia” buffet will offer over 60 dishes but the highlight would be the traditional favourites from 13 states.

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There will be flags representing 13 states of Malaysia at the buffet to mark the origination of each dish or where it is popular.
Thus guests can look forward to a culinary experience of almost a “complete taste of Malaysia” where they will get to sample a specialty from each of the 13 states in one dinner! 🙂

Traditional dishes from the 13 states include sup gear box (beef shank broth with spices) – Utara Kedah, Briyani Ayam dengan kismis (braised chicken with golden raisin) – Johor, Daging Masak Lemak dengan nangka muda (beef cooked in turmeric gravy with young jackfruit) – Negeri Sembilan, Terong Goreng Berlada dengan ikan bilis (fried eggplant with chilli and anchovies) – Selangor,  Ikan Masak Asam Pedas Bunga Kantan (braised fish in tamarind gravy with ginger flower) – Melaka, Rendang Tok – Perak, Gulai Kawah Terengganu dengan kentang (beef curry with potato) – Terengganu, Ikan Patin  Masak Lemak Tempoyak (fish cooked with spicy durian gravy) – Pahang, Ayam Bakar Berempah (roasted chicken with roasted malay spices) – Kelantan, Briyani Kambing (mutton cooked in local spices) – Pulau Pinang, Hinava Roe Fish – Sabah, Braised Chicken in Bamboo – Sarawak and Bubur Gandum – Perlis.

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All the curries and spices.

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Rendang, ketupat and lemang; can you feel the Ramadan festive air yet? 🙂

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Freshly cooked food at the live stations.

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One of Empire Hotel’s specialties – Sup Gearbox. These are huge!

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You don’t see this often!
Best eaten fresh and bloody! 😀

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Penang Rojak. Always nostalgic for me.

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The appetizing raw salads.

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The usual colourful drinks to wash down all the food.

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A bit of western fare rounded up the spread nicely.

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Moving on to desserts – the usual Malay kuih and some cakes.

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My favourite – the ais kacang and the cooling lean chee kang.

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And the prerequisite fresh fruits.

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If you haven’t been to Empire Subang Hotel it is just beside Empire Shopping Mall and the parking is shared with the mall as well. You can either access the hotel directly from the carpark (there are dedicated lifts) or from the shopping mall.

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The hotel is very contemporary and the use of vibrant colours plus the modish furnishing gives it a very urban feel.
The overall spread was decent and while some of the dishes could be more flavourful, the kitchen team did a good job in terms of the variety of the dishes and service.
I personally thought that highlighting the specialties of each state in this buffet a fabulous idea as it gives Malaysians and non-Malaysians an opportunity to be acquainted with some dishes which they might not be familiar with otherwise.

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Last but not least, guest will be entertained with daily live performances while they enjoy the buffet during the fasting month. This band surprised me with their skilled renditions of some modern ballads in addition to the ubiquitous traditional tunes.

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The Seenak Citarasa Malaysia buffet dinner is priced at RM108++ for adults and RM88++ for children and senior citizens. For reservations, call 03 – 5565 1388 or visit www.empirehotel.com.my
PS: Diners will also stand a chance to win a Hermes watch worth about RM12k by taking part in a contest organized during the period! 🙂