Yes Makan. In Malaysia, the word Makan is always in the mind of Malaysian. Unlike in the West, in Malaysia you can go and eat or drink 24/7. From the best of restaurants in the Hotel and Mall to the roadside stalls you can enjoy your foods the way you like it. There are always foods and foods at any time of the day; it does not matter, early morning or at midnight. Been a multiracial and multicultural country you can enjoy all the Asian cuisines, be it the Malay Rendang, the Chinese Chow Kwey Teow or the Indian Tosai or even the finest Steak or Lamb grill could be had anytime you like. Makan is always in the minds of Malaysian. The other day I was invited to a Hi Tea at the Mandarin Court Hotel in the City of Kuala Lumpur, a hotel that start operation in 1998 and is still around to served it loyal guests. I took the Grab taxi service and got there just before twelve thirty.
The Manager a Mr. John Yeo who had invited me greet me at the lobby of the hotel. I was then introduced to the Jazman Ismail the Marketing manager. We move to the Coffee House and there met the rest of the staffs ready to serve the guests. I saw array of sumptuous spread of Malaysian foods; colorful indeed. BTW folks Hi Tea in Malaysia is a term where for a cost of around US$15.00 you can enjoy the spread of buffet for three hours and in this hotel from 12.30pm onward. So, in a way you can enjoy those sumptuous foods and drinks till you drop. That folks is the Malaysian way of making one enjoy eating the way they like, unlike a la carte where you order a dish and sit to enjoy it. In the Malaysian Buffet including at this hotel the spreads are more than you can consume. In a way, it the Makan way in our culture where eating is a ritual that we take seriously. I sat with the Manager and the other hotel official and enjoy our meals as well chat on things that comes to our mind at that moment in time.
The foods were delicious so is the drink especially the special concoction that I was served; sort of a cocktail but without the liquor. Above are some of the spreads at the Coffee House at the Mandarin Court Hotel on the day I was there. The cook and his staff did a wonderful job in preparing such wonderful dishes that taste as good as it looks. I did enjoy my short stay and enjoying the foods especially the favorite Roti Canai and Mee Mamak..
On the left is that special concoction that were serve to me that day. Folks you may want to try the food spreads at this hotel and believe me for that price it worth every penny of it.
Have a nice day.