Ramadan Buffet @ Sime Darby Convention Centre
Halia Restaurant in Sime Darby Convention Centre (SDCC) is one of my favourite places to break fast during Ramadan month. The food has always been good here as they serve mostly authentic local dishes just like in the ‘kampungs’. I had a reason to be back here due to preparations for my brother’s upcoming wedding. After a discussion with SDCC, we decided to give the Ramadan Buffet a try because they were offering 50% discount for the first and second day of Ramadan. The Ramadan Buffet area was not just in the Halia Restaurant. It was spread out to the hall outside, in the banquet hall as well as at the outdoor corridor.
Inside Halia Restaurant.
The inside of the restaurant still looked the same with each tables have a little provacy of their own. The food that were served in the buffet line consist of appetizers, salads and Malay cuicine. White rice, chicken rendang, fish, sambal prawns and mixed vegetables were part of the selection. This together with authentic Thai and Kelantan dish such as the solok lada, ulam sayur made my tummy behave inappropriately.
The walk continues outside.
I continued my inspection walk to the hall outside of the restaurant where a selection of ‘bubur’ was stationed. A few steps further was a long table filled with local ‘kuih muih´ and all the colourful desserts you could ever imagine with a four tiered dessert just beside it. At the end of this spread was the start of the stall stations with the ‘ice cream goreng’ (fried ice cream) being the lead. Dollops of ice cream were covered in dough before it was fried. An ‘ABC’ or ‘Air Batu Campur’ station (shaved ice cream) with its’ colourful was just beside it.
The best part of this area would be the neatly arranged ‘gulai kawah’ with huge hot woks filled with ‘gulai ayam’, curry fish, ‘gulai kambing’. I was salivating at this moment. There was also a chicken rice stall and ‘assam laksa‘, a symbol of delicacies from Ipoh and Penang.
While we were walking around outside the hall, Chef Zam who was manning one of the stalls said hello to us and brought us around into the banquet hall where more stalls were stationed. I think there were more than 100 types of food altogether for this Ramadan buffet session and for what we paid for, it was worth it.
I’m just wondering how could we possibly fit everything in our tummies?
I almost forgot.
What would a Ramadan buffet be like without the biggest lamb, carved and served? As I stepped outside, the first sight that greeted us was exactly that followed by a row of fishes, squids and even crabs. Every single thing was just really good and perfect.
A big shout-out to the Convention Centre for arranging a wonderful spread of local cuisine coming from the camper van. I would do it again next year. Meanwhile, lets all enjoy the spirit of togetherness and forgive one another as sincere as possible.
Sime Darby Convention Centre
Where: 1A, Jalan Bukit Kiara, 6000 Kuala Lumpur.
Call to Make Reservations in Halia: +603 2089 3688
Duration : From 21st July – 18 August 2012 (you still have to break fast here!)
Price: RM78++ per person, daily, dinner only.
About Yafieda Jamil
Yafieda Jamil (fienuts) is a travel blogger from Kuala Lumpur and now makes a living in The Kingdom of Wonder (Cambodia). Her blog, The Travel Chameleon is about the journey of a Malaysian girl who loves a good road trip and blending in with the locals wherever she goes. When she’s not on the road, she's at the beach with her sunglasses and flip flops, instagramming the world.