If this latest cold snap has got you dreaming of warmer climes, then Kerry Hotel could have just the thing for you. Their Taste of Malaysia promotion, running until next Thursday, is bringing the sunny flavors of Malaysia to Kerry's Kitchen, thanks to the skills of Executive Chef Stephen Teo and guest chefs Sunny De Costa, Yap Chee Khee, and Chai Seek Khuan.

The buffet features more than 35 traditional dishes, including a number of Peranakan dishes. Peranakan dishes are a unique blend of Chinese, Malay and other influences, created by the descendants of early Chinese migrants who settled in Penang, Malacca, Indonesia and Singapore, inter-marrying with local Malays. Typical ingredients and flavors include coconut milk, pandan, candle nuts, belachan (shrimp paste), chili, and tamarind, among many others. Other dishes in the buffet showcase the wide array of influences on Malaysian cuisine, including Indian, Dutch, and Portugese.

Don't miss dishes:
1. Roti canai with chicken curry flaky, buttery breads served with a fragrant chicken stew
2. Nenas sambal belachan chucks of fresh pineapple in a spicy shrimp paste
3. Udang cili garam huge deep-fried prawns tossed with chili and salt
4. Kari debal tender, on-the-bone chicken curry cooked in aromatic spices
5. Sago gula melaka  chilled sago with coconut milk and pal sugar caramel

The buffet is available at lunch (11.30am-2.30pm) and dinner (6.30-10.30pm), at RMB 238 and RMB 288 respectively. Our suggestion would be to catch it for brunch this Sunday, when you can enjoy all the same dishes for RMB 498, including free-flow champagne and wine. 

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