Going to a hotel for a buka puasa buffet has become the norm in Malaysia. Companies are known to host these ‘makan’ sessions while Malaysians visit with family and friends, perhaps several times during Ramadan.
Typically, hotels go all out to offer everything from local food to lavish buffet spreads. Here are some ideas that might resonate with your guests:
A menu with lots of variety
- Host guest chefs for the month of Ramadan to tantalise guests’ taste buds with authentic Mediterranean, Japanese and French dishes that will leave them wanting more.
- Offer a range of mouth-watering fare from various cuisines such as Indonesian, Indian, Lebanese, Saudi Arabian and Turkish. Lassi, tea and unlimited juice can be part of the menu.
- Celebrate Malaysia’s colourful history by sharing authentic Malay dishes and recipes passed down through generations of the chef’s family, perhaps signature dishes from each state.
Bring a bazaar into the hotel
During the month of Ramadan, bazaars will also pop up in various neighbourhoods, with stalls peddling tantalising traditional Malay favourites – ayam percik, nasi lemak, satay, murtabak… the list goes on! Some of these Ramadan bazaars are so popular that people would wait 30 minutes just to buy one particular dish.
Different bazaars have different experiences and styles of food. Hence, incorporating a street-style bazaar into the hotel would create a unique experience for both tourists and locals.
A gift of traditional goodness
Apart from the feast of traditional Malay food in a redecorated surrounding, hotels could offer guests a jar of the chef’s special rendang or beloved raya cookies!
In addition to family packages, hotels can offer Hari Raya specials during both iftar and sahur. Coupled with an inviting environment to dine in, individuals might be tempted to celebrate buka puasa more frequently in hotels during Ramadan.