Jom Makan at Eccucino, Prince Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Jom Makan at Eccucino, Prince Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


All great Malaysian food involves spices – Eccucino’s fresh array of spices are certainly enticing



Who Wanna Jom Makan With Me?

Celebrate with Prince Hotel’s Festive Buffet Extravaganza

Text by Craig J Selby
Photographs by Christina How / Eccucino
Celebrating food, culture and tradition is
the theme at Prince Hotel and Residences, Kuala Lumpur. And I’m now proud to
have been indoctrinated into that tradition, having recently enjoyed their Jom Makan experience to the best of my
belly’s ability.

Lets make it clear; one thing all
Malaysians agree on is that they love their food, and Jom Makan, which
literally means “come and eat” is a great expression to bring people of all
backgrounds together over the dining table, with some great dishes to boot. So lets
Jom Makan together!
Prince Hotel’s Eccucino, located on the
ground floor, is offering this amazing buffet experience, combined with a
lively bazaar environment, to give tourists and locals the feel of Malaysia, in
the comfort of a hotel environment. Forget the dust and heat from outside, sit
in air conditioned comfort, and truly enjoy your food. Available 30 June to 25
July, I am sure you will love it as much as I have.

A sampling of Eccucino’s authentic street food stalls
As we move into the festive season, the
city will explode with popular buffet offerings, and this is definitely one to
enjoy, over and over again. A full range of local and international fare is
available, prepared by their dedicated chefs, meaning that we, the diners, get
a great selection of food.

So, lets get down to the food …. the real
reason why I was there.
The biggest problem I have with buffets is
where to start. Convention says soup, salad or entrée first, but my line of
sight says “OMG roast lamb on a spit! Do not let the others get their hands on
that first!” So, it was a bit of an intellectual challenge for me, as I did not
wish to appear greedy, but then again … that lamb looked (and tasted) so
enticing.
I love lamb! Whole roasted lamb on the spit, available every day at Eccucino
In defiance of my inner-spirit telling me
otherwise, I took the sensible route and headed for the salad counter first.
I’m currently on a bit of a health blitz, so before I can “indulge”, I should
“detox” with some healthy leaves and other “sensible” items. Eccucino’s salad selection
offered a decent choice of salad leaves, salads, cold cuts, and even a few
surprises. There was a great selection of local salad vegetables too… but I
have to admit, this time around I stuck to the familiar – although, next time,
I’m certain to delve deeper.
Chilled cauliflower cream soup with truffle
essence, served in a shot glass, offered a refreshing start. A cool, creamy
soup, engulfed in one gulp (so, I went back for seconds, thirds too – it was
good!) was a great intro. My bowl started to bulge as I piled on the pasta
salad (nicely accompanied with smoked chicken and a zippy roasted chili
dressing), some delightful asparagus spears (always a great cold dish) with a
mild mustard seed dressing (elevating the asparagus to about the right level),
and roast lamb loin cold cuts (even before I headed for the lamb on a spit) with
capsicum relish. This was a good start to a great meal!
Eccucino’s antipasti selection also caught
my eye. Roasted red peppers, grilled asparagus (seems I like asparagus), and a generous
dose of marinated olives. Add to that a dollop of Caesar salad – crispy fresh
baby romaine, and a delightfully tangy balsamic orange dressing. So, yep, I
think I achieved my objective of making a healthy start, with a twist of course.
I know by now I should have started with
the lamb, as surprisingly, salad is quite filling. However, in the quest for a
good story (meal), I shall sacrifice myself and keep eating, until every stone
is unturned, and every tempting morsel has been enjoyed.
The Japanese selection offered an
arrangement of freshly prepared sushi and sashimi. Thick-sliced red tuna, hot
and spicy wasabi (I just love the tingle when wasabi hits the taste buds), and
a more subtle, delicate, smoked salmon.
For the mains, a huge selection awaits. With
six “carts” – a replication of everyday Malaysian favourites; Eccucino is
bringing popular Malaysian street food to the fore in its restaurant. My
personal favourites were the Penang Laksa and Johor Laksa – Stall 2. I love a
nice creamy laksa, and enjoy not only the combination of flavours, but also the
subtle spices that are used to create a unique taste profile. It amazes me how
each state has its own variation on this staple dish, and more so how each dish
is so similar, yet so different.
Johore Laksa – yummy!
Delicious creamy Laksa, a popular favourite – notice the regional differences? Got to love Malaysian food!
One culinary opportunity worth noting,
although honestly not for me, was the roti canai durian special. You either
love it or you hate it (and with durian, I am not a lover), but my fellow
diners were lapping up this twist on an old favourite. Certainly recommended
for those with robust stomachs, or simply for the adventurous who wish to
explore the “king of fruit”.
Roti canai durian special – hold your nose.
Eccucino’s signature hot pot soup also
deserves a mention. Delicious beef broth with ribs, oxtail (the locals consider
this as Gearbox soup), root vegetables and spices; guaranteed to warm the
cockles of anyone’s heart.
Signature hot pot soup. What a burst of flavour
In addition to the carts; specialty western
and Malay dishes. The tender slow-cooked duck breast was delightful, especially
when accompanied by mango chutney and ginger jus. Likewise, add a bit of spice
to your vegetables with sautéed baby potatoes with chorizo – a lively way to liven
up an everyday vegetable. On the Malay side, a must-try for anyone is Daging
Masak Gulai – beef stew in coconut cream. Malay style beef stews are one of my
favourites, offering a very creamy texture, rich with flavour, and extremely
hearty. One of the nicest ones I’ve had in quite some time. Good work Eccucino.
By the time I had got this far, I truly
didn’t have any room left for dessert. But, let me tell you, a huge array of
desserts awaits, ranging from fresh fruit, pastries, macaroons, cake, crumble,
a chocolate fountain, and a selection of cheese. Did I forget the ice cream?
Yes, five different flavours.
Get your sugar fix with a selection of popular Malaysian kuih
As far as buffets go, this is one to try.
Every time I head to Prince Hotel and Residences I leave feeling more than satisfied with the
culinary experience, and usually a couple of kilo’s heavier too. Priced at RM 108++ for adults; with children 12 years and below RM54++. Value for
money, nice ambience, and quality food are my reasons for heading back. What
are yours?


Reasons to Visit: Great value for money, city centre, extensive selection, friendly service.

Eccucino
Level 1
Prince Hotel and Residences
Jalan Conlay
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
+6 03 2170 8888
www.princehotelkl.com

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One Comment

  1. OMG, Monica thank you for inviting us to visit this true culinary highlight buffet.
    Only looking at the gorgeous spices makes my mouth water.Definitely I would have the same problem at the buffet – where to start?

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