A Taste of Padang at Essence Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur

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Chef Bayu and Chef Yulie

Delicious aromas of Padang cuisine filled the air of Essence, the all day dining venue at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel as the restaurant prepared to welcome its guests to the launch of ‘A Taste of Padang’ promotion this evening.


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Padang food is the cuisine of the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra, Indonesia. The name of the cuisine originates from the city of Padang, the capital city of West Sumatra province. Famous for its rich flavuors of luscious coconut milk and spicy chili, Padang food is very popular in Maritime Southeast Asia.

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This October, diners can look forward to sample tantalising Padang cuisine as two guests chefs are specially flown in from Sheraton Surabaya Hotel & Towers. For two whole weeks, Chef Yulie and Chef Bayu will be spearheading ‘A Taste of Padang’ buffet promotion at Essence. Hailing from Surabaya, Indonesia, these guest chefs are ready to impress you with their authentic specialty and aim to bring about an authentic Padang feast.

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A Taste of Padang

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Apart from the extensive buffet spread of local and international delights that evening, we had a selection of 20 mouth-watering Padang specialities. Of special mentions were Soto Padang, Sate Ayam Bumbu Kacang, Martabak Daging Cincang, Gulai Tunjang, Gago-gado Padang, and Rendang Daging Sapi.

Approximately 85 guests from the corporate sectors and social circles as well as hotel associates witnessed the launch of ‘A Taste of Padang’ promotion, by H.E Mr Hendra Satya Pramana – Minister Counselor of Economics and Prof. Dr. Ir. Ari Purbayanto – Attache of Education & Culture of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur. During the opening ceremony, Nasi Tumpeng was used as a gesture of formality.

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Nasi Tumpeng is a cone-shaped rice dish like mountain with its side dishes. People in Java, Bali and Madura usually make Tumpeng to celebrate notable events. The shape of the rice also represents the physical geography of the region, which is fertile with many mountains and volcanoes. In many ceremonies where Tumpeng is served, the top of the rice cone is cut first and given to the guest of honor.

To get the festivities started, Tarian Piring (also known as Plate Dance), a traditional dance originated from West Sumatra was stunningly presented by Indonesian School of Kuala Lumpur to entertain the guests. The dance showcased an exceptional feature of placing porcelain or ceramic plates on dancers’ both open palms as they performed vibrant choreographies that involved swaying of plates in their hands. In the past, the dance symbolized the gratitude of the people to the God, which was performed as a ritual during the harvest season. Today, it is more often performed to welcome guests at special events.

The promotion is available through 31 October 2014 and selected Padang dishes are featured during breakfast, lunch and dinner at Essence.
Price (food only): RM60++ per person for buffet breakfast
: RM82++ per person for buffet lunch
: RM98++ per person for buffet dinner

Chef Yulie Hermono
Chef Yulie Hermono

With visual drama and theatrics thrown in for its interior and food preparation, diners are guaranteed a feast not just for their appetites but their taste buds and eyes too! Against a stunning backdrop of bright eclectic colours ranging from flashy red and trendy black to warm orange and yellow hues offset by a bold hand-laid mosaic wall, the modern and vibrant ambience is a burst of fresh energy and promises to invigorate all dining experiences – from casual meals and friendly get-togethers to business meals and gourmand explorations.

Chef Bayu Yuliansyah Warsono
Chef Bayu Yuliansyah Warsono

Meanwhile, SPG members can enjoy 20% discount off total food bill. In addition, get the rewards you crave with SPG®. Earn triple Starpoints® on dining Mondays through Thursdays when you
spend US$50 or above at Essence until 30 December 2014. Register at spg.com/triplecrave by 30 November 2014.

What’s more, Maybank, UOB and CIMB card holders can enjoy special privileges while dining at Essence. Terms and conditions apply.

Wait no longer! Go ahead and plan your gathering with your loved ones today at Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel’s Essence restaurant.

For reservations, call 03 2717 9900 or email to restaurants.imperial@sheraton.com or log on to www.sheratonimperialkualalumpur.com to find out more.

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