Muslims round the world will be starting their Ramadhan (fasting month) pretty soon. In Malaysia, this is the month where many pop up Pasar Ramadhan with all sorts of colourful and mouth watering food stalls opening up. I guess The BIG Group decided to join the bandwagon but in the comfort of a food court. Even though the location is currently known as Burp! on the 4th floor of Bangsar Shopping Centre, and it's not associated with The BIG Group but plans are underway to rebrand this food court to strEATs. Apparently The BIG Group has big plans for strEATs where it will housed four different concepts of art, entertainment, food and play.
We have a small preview of it in the form of a pop up buka puasa buffet dinner catered by The BIG Benquet. An area of the food court has been cordoned off for buffet diners. A band to be worn on the wrist will be introduced to differentiate buffet diners from food court diners.
This is the menu of the buffet which is priced at RM70+ for adults and RM35+ for children 12 years old and below. When I asked Kenny Lee (The BIG Benquet's Catering, Event & Sales Specialist) whether the items on the menu will be rotated and he replied no. I'm quite surprised by this actually as I thought to keep attracting diners to come, one would rotate the menu so that diners would be able to taste a wider range of dishes.
We sampled some of the dishes on offer and I have to say the dishes do taste authentically Malay. Best part, the dishes are quite healthy as I do not see the thick layer of oil covering them. There's the ulam (fresh herbs and vegetables) and sambal belacan platter as well. Very happy to see my fave daun selom here. There were fish crackers and belinjau chips too which went well with sambal belacan.
Then there are other starters such as fruit rojak, gado gado, Thai mango salad, eggplant & ladies fingers sambal... not forgetting a Western addition of Caesar Salad with the options to add your own chicken slices and crispy beef bacon, one of my fave order from Ben's.
There's a section of BBQ items such as beef and chicken satay, ayam percik, grilled lamb shoulder and yummy grilled stingray.
The dishes that goes down very well with steamed white rice were beef brisket rendang, ayam masak merah, sotong goreng berbawang, a rich sayur lodeh and stir fry kailan. We loved the beef rendang a lot and it was a wonder it was so tender as brisket was used. The squid rings were cooked in turmeric which lend a nice yellow hue on the dish.
Can't go wrong with stall concept in a buffet, so do expect a curry laksa stall and a beverage stall. From the beverage stall, help yourself to sirap bandung and teh tarik. Perfect to break your fast as these are not too sweet else it would have over power the palate.
There's a DIY ice kacang section but our only grip was too little condiments! On the tray were just black jelly, sweet corn, peanuts, gula melaka syrup, rose syrup and evaporated milk. We missed having the basics of red beans and cendol. Since this was just the preview, hopefully it will have a full range of items when the buffet starts on 12 July 2013.
They have Capt'n Hook's favourite sweet soup - bubur cha cha. It was very well cooked except that it's a tad too thick.
We also feasted on the assorted Malay sweet and sticky cakes known as kuih (singular) or kuih muih (plural). Lol can squeeze in language lesson in between *shakes head*.
Well, if you can't make yourself available to visit this pop up buffet, The BIG Benquet is introducing Ramadhan catering!!! Yes, believe me they can come to your door step to serve you all the BIG goodness and the prices are really easy on the pocket starting from RM60+ to RM80+ per pax.
Don't forget, at other times, The BIG Benquet can cater any events according to your needs, from an intimate dinner for 2 up to a party of 500! Just call +603 6209 1770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like to thank Salina & Associates and The BIG Benquet for the wonder hospitality.
The BIG Benquet's Ramadhan Rendezvous Pop Up Buka Puasa Buffet Dinner
4th Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre
Reservations: +603 6209 2202
12 July - 4 Aug 2013
6.30pm - 9.30pm
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Updated 29 June 2013:
I was informed that the menu has been updated to this one here, very extensive now I would say:
THE BIG GROUP
by The Big Benquet
Buka Puasa Menu
Kerabu Pucuk Paku
Fish Crackers & Belinjau Chips with Sambal Indonesia
Eggplant & Okra Sambal
Ulam Ulam & Sambal Belacan
Caesar Dressing, Turkey Chips, Parmesan Cheese, Boiled Egg and Croutons
From The BBQ Pit
Beef & Chicken Satay with Condiments
Percik Marinated Chicken Wing with Sauce
Leg of Lamb with Mint Sauce
Grilled Marinated Stingray Fish with Assam Sauce and Limau Kasturi
Nyonya Bee Hoon Curry Laksa
Shredded Chicken and Condiments
Ayam Masak Merah
Steamed White Rice
Freshly Cut Ulam
Bubur Cha Cha
Assorted Malaysian Kuih
Seedless Grape Skewers
Baby Red Velvet
Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce
Assorted Fruit Basket
Salty Caramel Ice Cream Sundae
Ice Kacang with Condiments
Air Mata Kucing
Soya Bean with Cincau
Menu Price RM 70 + per person