THIS Merdeka, Jaya33 celebrates one of the everyday Malaysian’s favourite past times — eating — with the Merdeka Makan-Makan Food Trail.
The promotion at the hyperoffice commemorates the harmony of the nation’s diverse cultures and showcases its melting pot of culinary delights.
“As Malaysians, there is no question that we love our cosmic array of food and this culinary diversity stems from our multi-ethnic population,” said Jaya33 marketing director LC Toh during an introduction of the Merdeka Makan-Makan Food Trail.
“Food brings us together on various occasions and it transcends everything, making it a great way to mark the country’s independence.”
The eight food and beverage outlets participating in the promotion offer a variety of local and international cuisines, as well as dining ambience in either fine dining, casual or al-fresco style.
Contemporary Italian restaurant D’italiane Kitchen and Malaysian-influenced Shyet-Li’s Kopitiam have created dishes specially for the occasion.
D’italiane Kitchen director KH Saw and his team drew on their experience in modern Italian cuisine to concoct five items that were also tweaked to suit Malaysian palettes.
For starters, there are the Butternut Shrimp Soup and Puttanesca Pizzinis , or mini oregano pizza.
The soup is a delicious concoction of butternut pumpkin, shrimp and pears in cream seafood broth with cinnamon and nutmeg.
“We used parmesan and feta cheese for the mini pizza, as most of our customers are not used to something stronger like Gouda,” said Saw.
The main courses are the Pemento Lamb Cutlet and Broiled Sesame Cod.
“The lamb is topped with pimento sauce, a kind of chilli red pepper, dashed with some herbs,” said Saw.
“The fish has some sweet and tangy flavours from the marination of butter, lemon tarragon, sesame and honey.”
Dessert comes in the form of Steamed Pudding with Caramelised Orange.
These five dishes are available a la carte, or as a set meal with either the lamb or fish for the main course.
Shyet-Li’s Kopitiam co-founder Sharon Cheah Tremayne described her outlet’s food as “dishes you grow up with and enjoy eating all your life”.
Its menu features Malaysian favourites like Roti Jala, Curry Laksa, Chicken Mushroom Noodles, Ikan Pari Assam Pedas with Rice and Ayam Bakar Kerabu Mango, with additional weekend specials like Nyonya Laska and Hailam Noodles.
Shyet-Li’s Kopitiam is offering the Muhibbah Platter comprising kunyit-fried chicken, sambal sotong, beef rendang served with nasi lemak, fried egg, kangkung and fish crackers (RM19.90), and Cendol (RM4.90) for the Merdeka special.
Fans of Japanese and Vietnamese cuisine can head to Nagomi Japanese Restaurant and Vietnam Kitchen respectively.
Diners who order a set meal at Nagomi Japanese Restaurant will be given access to a free salad, dessert and fruit buffet bar.
Vietnam Kitchen will be giving a 10% discount on all a la carte dishes.
During the media preview, Vietnam Kitchen operations manager Toh Boon Yi highlighted some of its signature dishes like Lemongrass Fish Fillet, Braised Pork in Coconut Juice and Vietnamese Seafood Salad served on prawn crackers.
Meanwhile, Vintry and Deutsches Haus specialise in treats of the non-halal variety.
Vintry is offering a 20% on selected dishes, which managing director Wong Yin-How said are its signature items that include main meals and light bites.
The snacks comprise Spicy Caramelised Roast Pork, Deep-Fried Pork Strips and Honey Fried Cheese, while the meals are either Blue Cheese Pork Burger or Fried Korean Noodles.
“The Honey Fried Cheese uses the Mahon cheese, and has a nice sweet and savoury contrast from the cheese and honey. It’s got a bit of a cult following at Vintry,” said Wong.
Deutsches Haus will be presenting some complimentary premium ice cream with food orders above RM60.
Deutsches Haus’ David Diong highlighted that some of the restaurant’s specialities like Farmer’s Soup, Wurstplatte (Sausage Platter) with a mix of all the sausages on its menu, and Honey-Pepper Knuckle served with grilled streaky bacon.
Other special offers are MJ Cafe’s Special Nasi Lemak set with complimentary drink (RM8.90) and Subway’s buy-one-free-one 6” sandwich and one medium size drink vouchers (on a first-come-first-served basis).
The Merdeka Makan-Makan Food Trail is available from now till Sept 15.
Shyet-Li’s Kopitiam and Subway will be closed on the first and second day of Hari Raya.
Jaya33 is located at No. 3, Jalan Semangat, Section 13, Petaling Jaya.
For details, visit www.jaya33.com or call 03-7954 9888.