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Loveably Mama - Mother's Day Buffet Hi-Tea @ Armada Hotel

>> Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Most mothers have put in all their effort & time to raise their children in the way that pleases God & the community around them. The depth of love & extent of sacrifices poured out could never be tagged with a price.

This Mother's Day, to celebrate the love of all mothers, Utara Coffee House of the Armada Hotel Petaling Jaya has whipped up a special "Peranakan" themed buffet hi-tea. This hi-tea buffet is only available on Mother's Day itself i.e. 13th May 2012, Sunday, from 12:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.

The buffet area

The coffee house

The buffet features, among many other dishes (these are the more famous Peranakan dishes that you'll find):
Nyonya Pot Laksa
Jui Hu Char
Nyonya Chap Chye
Asam Hu
Ayam Pongteh
Kiam Chye Ark
Nasi Kunyit with Nyonya Ayam Rendang
Assortment of Nyonya kuih (kuih lapis, pulut tai tai , ang koo, kuih talam pandan, kuih koci...etc)

"Peranakan" cuisine, also known as Nyonya cuisine, is a combination of both Chinese & Malay influenced cuisines. The dishes boast of the tangy, aromatic & spicy flavours from an assortment of herbs & spices. If your mum or yourself are fans of Peranakan dishes, you should not miss this rare opportunity! The buffet costs RM75.00++ per adult & RM37.50++ per child/domestic helper. First 10 mothers who dine at Utara Coffee House on Mother's Day will also receive a complimentary caricature portrait & complimentary commemorative picture. There will be door gifts given out & prizes to be won as well!

p/s: For every group of 10 pax, 2 mamas will get to eat "on the house"*!
*Terms & conditions apply

Below are some of the dishes that I've tried:

Peranakan: Nyonya Pot Laksa
Aromatic & rich laksa, packed with flavours! Yums :P

Peranakan: Nasi Kunyit with Nyonya Ayam Rendang (Yellow Glutinous Rice with Nyonya-Style Chicken Rendang)
I have to admit that I really liked the rendang. If only there was more gravy! Loads of herbs & spices at the right amount in the chicken rendang...oolala...the glutinous rice was soft & didn't have any "unwanted" rice/hard bits in its presence. Well done!

Peranakan: Asam Hu (Asam Fish)
Flavour was "just right" in my personal opinion. It wasn't too sour, nor too sweet & it was moderately spicy. I could just have this with a bowl/plate of steamed fragrant white rice...ahh....

Peranakan: Jui Hu Char (Stir-Fried Turnips with Cuttlefish)
I was surprised with the generosity of cuttlefish in this dish. The turnips have a strong cuttlefish aroma, which was very appetizing - best eaten with a leaf of lettuce!

Non-Peranakan: Roast Duck with Ginger Herbal Soup
The soup's a bit on the salty side, but it's very unique & fragrant because of the roast duck. Something you'll rarely get at other buffet lines.

Non-Peranakan: Mashed Potatoes with Cheese & Garlic
This was really good! One of our friends who works at Armada saw it at the buffet line & sunk her teeth into it & the next thing we know, all of us are hooked on this humble dish! So rich, creamy, & "authentic"! You can bite into bits of potatoes (so it's not from the instant powder-potatoes).

Non-Peranakan: Fresh Sashimi
If you need a change from the rich Peranakan dishes, this is something that will help clear your palette for more good food ahead ;)

Non-Peranakan: Assortment of sushi/maki
I prefer their sashimi to their sushi. Somehow it's not up to my expectations. The rice wasn't flavoured well enough in my opinion to bring the sushi to "the next level" ;)

Non-Peranakan: Seafood Pie
We were too full to try this, so I didn't get to sink my teeth into it. But it sure looks yummy!!

 Non-Peranakan: Crepe with Mango & Cream
Loved it!! Such a lovely combination of sweet & sour - well balanced :D

Fruit Juices


I'm actually quite pleased with the food served here. The staff here were friendly & helpful & the variety at the buffet line was also extensive enough to accommodate people from all walks of life/preferences. Don't miss out on this ONE & ONLY "Peranakan" Buffet Hi-Tea this Mother's Day! Make your reservation to avoid disappointment!

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers!!

If you're not into "Peranakan" cuisine, here's another option for you:
Eve of Mother's Day Buffet Dinner
7:00p.m. - 10:30p.m.
RM70.00++ per adult
RM35.00++ per child/domestic helper

Utara Coffee House 
Hotel Armada Petaling Jaya 
Lot 6, Lorong Utara C
Section 52
46200 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Daul Ehsan.
GPS: 3.104199, 101.640964 
Tel: (+603)7954 6888 (ext 4557) 

To mum with love,


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