The Westin Kuala Lumpur,
199 Jalan Bukit Bintang,
Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2773 8338 or email
Business hours: 6am to midnight.

Fragrant: Char Koay Kak originates from Penang.

FROM now until the end of November, experience the splendour and heritage of Malaysian cuisine with the Taste of Malaysia promotion at the Westin Kuala Lumpur’s all-day dining restaurant, The Living Room.

The dining experience will feature dishes from all 14 states of Malaysia, showcasing traditional dishes and providing a multi-cultural round-up of Malay, Chinese and Indian flavours, as well as those from Sabah and Sarawak.

Led by Chef Hamdan Ahmad, who has been with rhe Westin Kuala Lumpur since 2008, the promotion will focus on a different state every week – starting with the “Taste of Negri Sembilan” on April 11, followed by Malacca, Johor and Pahang.

Taste of Malaysia is available every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at the Living Room and all food prepared is from a halal-certified kitchen.


Spoilt for choice: A guest sampling the various dishes at the hotel’s buffet.

Also supporting the concept is celebrity chef Datuk Ismail, who will feature his signature dishes throughout the buffet.

He comes from Rembau, Negri Sembilan, and has made a name for himself cooking traditional kampung-style dishes.

Invited guests were treated to a preview at the launch of the Taste of Malaysia recently. Also present were chef Florence Tan and the Westin Kuala Lumpur general manager Hratch Khatchanian.

Visit Malaysia 2014 secretariat chief Norhayati Awang launched the promotion.

“When the Westin approached me with this idea, I said yes because I love promoting Malaysian food,” said chef Ismail, who spent a day coaching the chefs to prepare the dishes.

“The chefs were already well-versed but I emphasised on techniques and methods of cooking,” he added.

Earlier, Norhayati said they had lots of events planned in conjunction with Visit Malaysia 2014 such as the Malaysia International Gourmet Festival, Asean Heritage Trail, Street Food Fest as well as State Food Festivals.

Later, Ismail, Tan and Hamdan also conducted a step-by-step live cooking demonstration of the classic favourite nasi ulam.

The Taste of Malaysia buffet dinner is on every Thursday from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, buffet lunch is on every Friday from noon to 4pm and high-tea is on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from noon to 4pm.

The buffet is priced at RM128++ for dinner and RM98++ for high-tea.

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

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