MAKAN KITCHEN @ DoubleTree By Hilton Kuala Lumpur: Let “The Love of Seafood” surface!

If you love seafood, and feasting buffet-style in a hotel, then you have to head to Makan Kitchen in DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur.  The all-day dining restaurant is currently showcasing a market-style experience for diners to choose from 10 varieties of made-to-order seafood dishes.  This seafood showcase is served in addition to the lavish buffet spread served in Makan Kitchen.

Using only responsibly-sourced fresh seafood, Executive Chef Eric Siew and Makan Kitchen’s Chinese Chef Chong Wai Kin together with their brigade of chefs are kept busy in their open kitchen dishing out the orders.

To enjoy the cooked-to-order dishes, diners are given numbered clips to place their orders by putting their clips in the bowls bearing the names of the 10 dishes.

Out of the 10 seafood dishes, we picked 7 good ones and 1 truly exceptional dish.  The 7 which we liked – due to the freshness of the seafood and nicely balanced flavours were these…

Steamed Garoupa with Soy Sauce Hong Kong-style

Fried Red Snapper with Pineapples in Sweet & Sour Sauce

Fried Squids with Salted Eggyolks

Chilli Crab

Wok-fried Tiger Prawns with Buttermilk & Curry Leaves

Deep-fried Pomfret with Spiced Salt & Pepper

Steamed Mussels in Ginger Emulsion

The most exceptional dish we had was the Wok-fried Yabbies with Soy King Sauce.  These babies were super fresh and coated with a sweetish-savoury soy sauce which embellished the crustaceans in the best possible way. We had repeated servings of this – they were really very good – sweet bouncy meat and lots of creamy roe.

Wok-fried Yabbies with Soy King Sauce


We found the Steamed Scallops with Garlic & Glass Noodles and Fresh Clams in Superior Broth rather disappointing though.  In both dishes, the shellfish were overcooked, rendering them shrunken and kinda tough in texture.  The small morsels of scallops were practically buried beneath a bunch of glass noodles.  On a positive note, the superior broth used to cook the clams was richly flavoursome, thanks to the generous amount of Chinese herbs added in.

Steamed Scallops with Garlic & Glassnoodles

Fresh Clams in Superior Broth


Based on the All-You-Can-Eat concept, diners can order these dishes as many times as they wish!  And this is in addition to savouring all the other dishes laid out in the buffet counters in Makan Kitchen.

Besides the 10 special dishes, there are also several vegetables dishes available.  If you love your greens, then this definitely will delight you.

4 Heavenly Kings

Bittergourd in Salted Eggyolk

Some of our favourites from the buffet couonters


The price for this indulgence:

RM165nett per person
50% discount for kids 6-12 years of age
Kids below 5 years eat for free

This “For the Love of Seafood” buffet bonanza is available until 25 November 2017 and on:

Friday & Saturday
From 6.30pm till 10.30pm
The buffet comes with free-flow of sirap selasih, lemonade mint and lemongrass pandan juice.

Lemonade Mint

Place your dining reservations by calling +603-2172-7272.


DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur
The Intermark
348 Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2172-7272

3 FUN THINGS TO DO in Kota Kinabalu town centre

We didn’t have much time to explore Kota Kinabalu town when we were there recently. We were staying in the Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu and just had a few hours to spare. So we put those hours to good use – we went in search of food!

seng hing

Right behind the Le Meridien is Seng Hing, a kopitiam that sells decent noodles. It’s very popular as the place is busy all the time. We had the Prawns Laksa with extremely fresh prawns swimming in the rich spicy broth. Sweet and bouncy, those prawns were a great hit.

curry noodles

Prawns Laksa

curry mee1

Mee Tuaran was another popular item in the kopitiam and there’re various add-on ingredients that can be ordered. However, we stuck to the plain version just to savour the noodles without too much distraction. The springy eggy noodles were really good!

kolok mee

We also tried the Kerabu Chicken Feet as we saw several other tables had this. However, it turned out to be just average.

kerabu chick feet

Kerabu Chicken Feet

Kedai Kopi Seng Hing
Block G, Sinsuran Complex
Jalan Tun Mohd Stephen
Kota Kinablu
(behind Le Meridien Hotel)

We haven’t had any good Sang Nyuk Noodles (pork noodles Sabah-style) here in KL so we were really looking forward to the real thing in Kota Kinabalu. Kedai Kopi Kim Hing Lee is also in the same Sinsuran Complex and that’s a bonus for us. We lost no time in heading there.


sang nyuk

This old-world kopitiam dates back to the 1980’s and is believed to be one of the pioneers to serve Sang Nyuk Noodles. We opted for the dry version (“kon loe”) of the noodles and these came tossed in black soya sauce and fragrant pork lard. Yes, the noodles looked messy with sauce stains all over the bowls but those were some of the best-tasting noodles we’ve had.

pork soup

Served separately was a bowl of porky heaven – superbly tender sliced pork, slivers of pig liver and intestines in a robust murky-looking pork broth. Every drop was slurp-worthy.


Kedai Kopi Kim Hing Lee
Lot 7 Block F
Sinsuran Complex
Jalan Tun Mohd Stephen
Kota Kinabalu


With stomachs happily full and satisfied, we walked across Jalan Tun Mohd Stephen to the wet market. We had a mission in mind: to buy fresh seafood! We headed straight to the seafood stalls. Even though it was already late morning, there were still plenty of stuff available.

MARKET Collage

There were giant clams and cockles at one stall. The cockles were huge and really fresh! Many stalls were hawking prawns and lobsters. We zoomed in to one particular stall which had the most amount and variety of fresh prawns. Prices were much lower than what we have to pay back home.

prawn lady

We bought 10kg of prawns here

PRAWNS Collage

We chose what we wanted and they packed the prawns for us. The packing was done very professionally so there’s no worry about leakages and the packages were good for either checking-in or hand-carry in the plane. For hand-carry boxes, they were careful to pack only up to 7kg of seafood + ice per box.  The packed boxes of seafood with ice can withstand a journey up to 8 hours – when we reached home (KL) and opened them, the seafood was fine 🙂


Professional packing services available!

FISHY Collage
Lots of seafood choices, so fresh too!


*The Central Wet Market is located by the waterfront along Jalan Tun Mohd Stephen, next to the Filipino (handicraft) Market. We only had time to check out the seafood stalls. There are of course other sections selling vegetables, fruits, meats and dry goods.

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