Thai tastes spice up KL buffet

Jong carving lamb for diners who prefer Western food. — LOW LAY PHON/The Star

When it comes to eating, Malaysians have no qualms about having a meal any time of the day.

We set our own rules, especially when it comes to enjoying local favourites.

For example, we can have curry mee for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.

To get a taste of your favourite meal, opting for a weekend brunch with family and friends might just be the perfect plan.

At Amari Kuala Lumpur’s Amaya Food Gallery, guests can indulge in a Saturday brunch buffet.

The hotel brand from Thailand has included Thai food as part of the buffet menu.

Executive sous chef Jong Zhi Sheng said the Saturday spread will consist of a Thai food corner in addition to local and Western delights.

The Thai dishes will have street food known as chicken skewer.

A seafood-on-ice section.A seafood-on-ice section.

“The Thai dishes will be served on a rotation and among these dishes is sticky mango pudding.

“Thai salad and Tom Yam Fried Noodles are among the other options,” said Jong.

Jong has had his share of experiencing Thai food first-hand.

“My in-laws lived in Thailand for some time and I used to explore places serving local food during my visits there.

“I have gathered some Thai cooking experience which I can now showcase through my dishes here,” he said.

“I am able to prepare Bangkok street food, especially the salads.

“I am also familiar with the finger food called “yam” and is basically smaller-portioned food.

“Fried items such as Fried Thai Chicken is a popular street food option which will also be served on the buffet.

“The sweet and sour tasting Garlic Thai Chilli Chicken is a good example of a dish that is a hit among locals.”

Thai dishes such as Tom Yam Fried Noodles, Garlic Sweet Chilli Thai Chicken and Thai Fish Cake are popular with Malaysians.Thai dishes such as Tom Yam Fried Noodles, Garlic Sweet Chilli Thai Chicken and Thai Fish Cake are popular with Malaysians.

The buffet brunch will feature a combination of breakfast and lunch menus.

Familiar favourites such as dim sum, char kuey teow and Hokkien mee are among the local highlights.

“We also serve yong tau foo made from scratch using quality ingredients such as fresh prawn filling and chicken,” said Jong who also specialises in Chinese food.

He added that for something a little spicier, diners will find the Indian corner serving dishes such as thosai and tandoori chicken.

A seafood-on-ice stall with prawns and mussels, among other ocean treats, is available too.

Fusion Thai dishes are being planned for the Saturday brunch buffet, said Jong.

“We are planning a slow-cooked Thai red curry beef dish to go with pasta.

“Another dish would be the Thai Fusion Chicken Chop with gravy that contains Thai basil and lemongrass,” he said.

A Saturday brunch featuring Thai flavours is being served at The Amaya Food Gallery.A Saturday brunch featuring Thai flavours is being served at The Amaya Food Gallery.

Western-type dishes include Fish Piccata with Creamy Tomato, Grilled Lamb Shoulder with Black Pepper Sauce and Green Mussels in Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce.

Salmon Fried Rice and Chicken Karage are some of the other interesting dishes here.

“The dessert corner, with a rotation of favourites like ice kacang and ice cream, will cater to those with a sweet tooth,” he said.

There are over 60 main dishes for the buffet brunch which is served from noon to 4pm.

The Saturday brunch costs RM100++ per adult and RM80++ per child or senior citizen over 55 years old.

Amaya Food Gallery, Amari Kuala Lumpur, No.3, Jalan Bangsar, KL Eco City, Kuala Lumpur. (Tel: 03-2330 5800). Business hours: 6am to 11pm (Monday to Sunday).

This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.

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