It’s the festive season, and many Malaysians will be going back to their hometown during the Wesak Day, Harvest Festival, and Hari Raya celebrations.
For a smooth trip back to your hometown this festive season, follow these simple tips:
- Plan your journey – Avoid getting stuck in traffic by following PLUS travel time advisory, or follow the live traffic update by PLUS and LLM on Twitter.
- Service your vehicle – Make sure everything’s in tip-top condition (especially things like battery water, transmission oil, engine, tire pressure, water or coolant) at least five days before your journey. Save the phone numbers of your insurance toll service as well as highway helplines for emergency assistance.
- Install GPS and pack other gadgets – Get your GPS ready in case you lose your way during the journey. Also, it helps to bring a power bank and travel charger.
- Pack light snacks – For those who are fasting, pack some light snacks in case you can’t make it to the R&R or your destination in time to break your fast. Pack bottled water and food items like dates, apple slices, grapes, carrot sticks, crackers, or sandwiches in a cooler box or resealable bags.
Additionally, we’ve found a few places where you can stop by and break your fast (or have lunch or dinner) during your trip back to your hometown.
Stop by at one of these 8 restaurants to break your fast or have a scrumptious meal:
1. Ben’s, Kuala Lumpur
Ben’s is currently offering a three-course buka puasa menu, with starters that include Rojak Buah, Mushroom Soup or Thai Mango Salad. For main dishes, there are six options to choose from: Hainanese Chicken Rice, Curry Laksa, Nasi Ulam with Ayam Percik and creamy Pesto Spaghettini. You can choose from the list of cakes available for dessert.
Price: RM59 nett per pax
Address: 5 venues available
Reservations: Book online
2. Sarkies, Penang
Dine at one of Penang’s most elegant hotel restaurants Sarkies. Located in the swanky Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Sarkies offers a wide selection of local and international fare served buffet style. Expect local staples such as Satay, Nasi Lemak, Murtabak, Roti Canai, Rendangs, curries, and Nasi Briyani.
For meat lovers, roasted lamb and sirloin and grilled meats (chicken, fish, seafood, sausages) are also on offer. Other international delights include assorted Sushi, Cheese Platter, Chicken Shawarma, and more.
Price: RM166 nett (Adult); RM83 nett (Child) *with free flow refreshing beverages
Address: Lebuh Farquhar, George Town, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang
Reservations: Call 04-2222000 (ext:3151/3139) or email [email protected]
3. Asam Pedas Pak Man, Melaka
One of Melaka’s most popular restaurants for Asam Pedas dishes, Asam Pedas Pak Man brings you a special Ramadan buffet featuring the state’s iconic dishes and popular Malaysian dishes. They include Asam Pedas, Masak Lemak Cili Padi, Tempoyak, and Pajeri. For dessert, local favourites include Air Sirap Selasih, Cendol, and Bubur Cha-Cha.
Price: RM25 nett (Adult); RM12 nett (Child, 5-12yo)
Address: No 51, Jalan KNMP 2A, Kompleks Niaga Melaka Perdana, Bukit Katil 75450 Melaka
Reservations: Call 012 346 2924 (Wadi) or 017 201 8241 (Shasha)
4. Banafee Village, Johor Bahru
Offering more than 50 dishes on the menu to break your fast, Banafee Village serves a large variety of Malay, Chinese, Arab, and Indonesian dishes to cater to everyone’s taste.
Price: RM59.90 nett (Adult); RM29.90 nett (Child, 5-12yo & Senior Citizen 60yo and above)
Address: 9022, Jalan Dato Abdullah Tahir, 80300 Johor Bahru
Reservations: Call 017 742 8593 (Firdaus)
5. Dimsum Café Greentown, Ipoh
For fans of halal Dim Sums, head over to Dimsum Café Greentown. Some of the popular items on the menu include assorted Dim Sum, Salted Egg Custard Bun, Wanton Noodle, Fried Carrot Cake, and Lotus Bun.
Address: 10, Persiaran Greentown 4,Pusat Perdagangan Greentown, Ipoh
Reservations: Call 05 255 2010
6. Alor Setar Tower, Alor Setar
For something extra special, break your fast at Alor Setar Tower, where you get to enjoy the scenic view of Alor Setar city while you eat. Expect popular dishes that include Roasted Lamb and Grilled Meat, and local favourites like Sambal Sotong and Daging Masak Halia.
Price: RM66 nett (Adult); RM46 nett (Child)
Address: Lot 99, Lebuhraya Darul Aman, 05100 Alor Setar
Reservations: Call 04 720 2901 / 2902
7. Wadi Ar-Raudhah Restaurant, Seremban
Wadi Ar-Raudhah Restaurant is currently offering a special Ramadan buffet with over 40 traditional dishes. Local favourites include Gulai Kawah Masak Negeri, Roti Boom, Roti John, Fried Noodle, Fried Kuey Teow, Barbequed Lamb, Ais Cendol, and Yoong Tau Foo.
Price: RM35 nett (Adult); RM20 nett (Senior Citizen); RM15 nett (Child)
Address: No. 1, Jalan Seri Rahang 1, Taman Seri Rahang, 70100 Seremban
Reservations: Call 019 350 8426 (Normah) or 017 280 0897 (Farah)
8. Café Garden Catering, Kuantan
Located in a guest house and state club of Sri Gelora, Café Garden Catering offers a buka puasa package with a menu that includes Ikan Patin Masak Tempoyak, Roti Boom, Murtabak, Kambing Golek, assorted kuih, and other traditional Malay dishes.
Price: RM29.90 nett (Adult); RM15 nett (Child, 5-12 yo)
Address: Rumah Tamu dan Kelab Pegawai Kerajaan Negeri Sri Gelora, Jalan Dato Abu Samah, 25250 Kuantan, Pahang
Reservations: Call 016 951 9957 (Nabilla) or 017 973 2540 (Nana)
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