Flowers, fresh and bright ones, placed in a pretty little glass bowls - is a sure way to add a friendly touch to the dining table. As I arrived at the hotel, I was greeted by a grand entrance, simple, yet calming atmosphere. I love the ceiling fans. They resemble gigantic leaves that sways and brings gentle breeze to the place.This was supposedly a birthday treat for me - from my brother. So, as I was in KL for the weekend, I got to drool over so many choices of food here in Holiday Inn, Subang. I have to say, honestly, that it is impossible to eat that much of food, in buffets. But, I love the variety of food that buffet offers, so I can pick and choose a little of each to taste!Not only prawns deserve to be served in fancy glasses. This tasty meaty kebab (I think it was seafood...), was deep fried, served in a wine glass, with some thai sweet chili sauce. Beside it - fried pandan leaf, lemongrass and dried chilli adds that "savoury" touch to it, not to mention the wonderful aroma... I had to have a second serving of this...
Of course, I did start out with some greens from the salad bar, and little bowls of savoury tuna salad that tasted really nice.. Soups anyone? No buffet goes on without at least 1 choice of soup. That day, it was a warm oxtail soup. If it wasn't for my greedy taste buds to go on venturing other food, I'd go for a second, third, serving of the soup. Savoury is my thing and yes, this is another savoury food here that I just like. The food was really nice here. So far, at least. Oxtail soup is very warm - a lot of spices put in, such as cardamom, star anise, whole pepper, and onion, garlic, etc... Very tasty. I should cook some soon! I love Japanese food... and raw does not come cheap in restaurants... so when they have a bar of sushi and sashimi... ATTACK!!!! I like raw oysters... slurrppp slurrppp. But it has to be with a squeeze of lemon juice. Not so in to raw salmon, tuna, mackerel... but I did had a slice of the salmon. They were fresh and tasty. Yummy! Oh I so want some right now... Had some of the small portion of tuna salad, and sushis. After these, I wondered the food bars and went to try some others....Main meals were not that favourite of mine - rice, pasta, breads, curries, and some deep fried stuffs. I did not had much but a little of the chicken curry, bread, deep fried crabs, and fried vege. Now, let's move on to the grill and bbq section which appeals to be more fascinating...Marinated prawns, baby lobsters, lamb, crabs, mussels... I had everyone of them - oh except prawns cos I don't eat them, but I gave them to my hungry nephews who finished them all! What you do is choose from the selection of fresh marinated meat, or seafood, and the chef will grill it for you on the spot, which takes about 5-10 minutes. This was the best part of the buffet!
After being satisfied with my dinner, I went over to the dessert counter and found my childhood favourite dessert: Sugi pudding, with fresh strawberries and peaches. This was sooo nice I am craving for it right now!!!I remember mum used to make them with raisins as toppings, and chill them in the fridge. I guess I'm more of a pudding person rather than cake. But cheese cakes, panna cotta and tiramisu?? Anytime!
Overall, the food was really delicious. I miss the occasional buffet dinners we used to have more frequently when my sis and her family were staying in Penang. Though staying further apart now, we still are very close and it's FOOD we seek when we meet up... It's just so fun to enjoy food and drinks while catching up...
I know for sure, when my guy and I have our own home, we would have a beautiful little kitchen for me to cook, cook, and cook. And you're invited! :-)
:: Holiday Inn ::
1 Jalan Usahawan U1/8 Seksyen U1,
40250 Shah Alam Selangor Darul Ehsan Malaysia