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9 Merdeka menus to order and celebrate Malaysia’s 64th Independence Day


By Natalie Khoo

9 Merdeka menus to order and celebrate Malaysia’s 64th Independence Day

Malaysia’s 64th Independence Day is just around the corner. What better way to celebrate the occasion than how we Malaysians know best? After all, food has and always will be part of our culture and heritage, which we’re thankfully able to preserve and uphold ever since the first cry of “Merdeka!” by our forefathers.

It’s our diverse and unique cuisines that make us a “foodie nation”, so let’s eat to that with these Merdeka-inspired menus for August to September 2021.

1. Taste of Home by Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur

Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur’s Executive Sous Chef Budiman and his culinary team have prepared a plethora of set menus designed to remind you of home—if home means having classic Malay dishes on the dining table. Think all-time-favourites such as Ikan Pelangi Panggang Sos Masam Manis, Daging Pesamah Kerisik,and Ayam Rose Kasturi Haruman Saderi Kacang Badam. Alternatively, try his specially crafted Next Level Nasi Lemak that’s served with a whole Sabah lobster coated in his tangy sambal sauce, crispy deep-fried tiger prawns, black Angus beef rendang, and truffled eggs.

Price: RM168 nett for the Next Level Nasi Lemak by Executive Sous Chef Budiman | From RM68 for the “Taste of Home” set

Availability: Delivery and pickup from now until 16 September 2021 (reservations must be made 24 hours in advance)

To order, please call +6012 215 8782, email [email protected] or visit this website.

2. Malaysiaku by The St Regis Kuala Lumpur

Journey through all 14 states in Malaysia while learning about the different rites of passage and traditional rituals of a Malay wedding with St Regis Kuala Lumpur’s Malaysiaku menu. The six-course menu consists of dishes like Keropok Lekor (Terengganu), Bidor Duck (Perak), Kerabu Sotong (Kelantan), and Biryani Gam Rice (Johor), among other beautifully crafted creations.

Price: RM388+ per person

Availability: Dine-in on 31 August & 2, 10, 16 September 2021; takeaway on selected dates between 1 to 16 September 2021 (reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance)

To order, please call +603 2727 6696, WhatsApp +6012 280 1303, or visit this Beepit page.

3. Merdeka DIY BBQ Set by Trace, Element Kuala Lumpur

Make your Merdeka feast a cooking activity with your partner/family/housemates with Element Kuala Lumpur’s DIY Merdeka BBQ Set, featuring a meal for two that can be easily grilled at home. The set includes Chicken Thighs made with a special homemade dry-rub, Dill and Garlic-Infused Salmon Fillet, and Herb Marinated Beef Steak, to name a few highlights; plus a complimentary serving of Caesar Salad, Dessert of the Day, and canned drinks.

Price: RM198 nett per set for two adults (excluding delivery)

Availability: From 2 August to 16 September, 12pm to 5pm daily (reservations must be made 24 hours in advance)

To order, please call +03 2771 3388 ext 3351 or WhatsApp +6010 267 0338.

4. Merdeka FamiLi Meal by Li Restaurant


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Li Restaurant has curated a special menu inspired by the elements and flavours of a popular Malaysian dish: satay. Made for sharing, the FamiLi meals feature modern Malaysian dishes such as slow-cooked pork shoulder (marinated in peanut chilli sauce), cucumber pineapple salad, and Langit glutinous rice seri muka, with an assortment of kuih as the optional add-on.

Price: RM140 for two to three persons

Availability: From 20 August to 16 September 2021 (reservations must be made three days in advance)

To order, please call +6011 2366 5358 or DM @lidamansarajaya on Instagram.

5. Pizza Kantoi by Knowhere Bangsar


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Don’t be mistaken—Knowhere’s Pizza Kantoi series aren’t really pizzas, but lookalikes with a Malaysian twist. Hence the “kantoi” part of the name, which refers to the Malaysian slang meaning “oops, you caught us red-handed!” Like pizzas, the dishes are actually Malaysian pies that come with toppings that are customisable to your liking. The six unique flavours in the series are each inspired by a perennial favourite Malaysian dish, such as Oh So Lemak (nasi lemak), Satay No Sorry (satay), and Biryani Fefeeling (biryani rice).

Price: From RM32.80

Availability: Dine-in and delivery from 16 August to 19 September 2021

For reservations, please WhatsApp +6010 220 2358 or DM @knowherebangsar on Instagram.

6. Amazing Malaysia by Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel

Designed for sharing among groups of four to five, Sheraton Petaling Jaya’s Amazing Malaysia set menu pays homage to our nation’s various cuisines. Expect five main courses such as Gulai Kambing, Assam Prawn Nyonya-style, Chicken Tandoori, and Deep Fried Fish Fillet with Buttercream sauce, along with a selection of appetisers and desserts.

Price: RM298 nett for four to five persons

Availability: Delivery and pickup from 20 August to 19 September 2021, only between Fridays to Sundays, as well as on Merdeka Day and Malaysia Day

To order, please call +603 7622 8888, WhatsApp +017 228 6098 or visit this website.

7. Merdeka Flying Feast by The Westin Kuala Lumpur

Enjoy dishes inspired by different states and territories of Malaysia with The Living Room’s Merdeka Flying Feast. Among the highlights to order include Georgetown Chili Crabs (Penang), Ketupat Sotong (Terengganu), Udang Petai (Perak), and Lompat Tikam Air Gula (Kelantan). To spice up the festivities, these dishes come with compliments of Sambal Tempoyak Ipoh, Sambal Hitam Belimbing Buloh Kuala Lipis, and Cencaluk Muara Melaka, as well as rice and drinks for two.

Price: RM198 for two persons

Availability: Delivery and takeaway on 30 and 31 August 2021

To order, please call +603 2772 8015, WhatApp +012 305 1715, email [email protected], or visit this website.

8. Merdeka Buffet@Home by Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur

Savour an indulgent Merdeka meal at the comfort of home with Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur’s Family Feast, complete with three main courses, alongside appetisers, vegetables, and desserts. Take your pick from a quintessentially Malaysian selection of BBQ Seafood & PoultrySaag Gosht and Naan Bread, and Daging Rendang & Nasi Minyak for mains, while looking forward to Pandan Cream Puff and Gula Melaka Cheese Cake for dessert.

Price: RM380 per set for up to four pax

Availability: Delivery and pickup from now until 31 August 2021 (10am to 8pm daily)

For reservations, please call +603 2074 3900, WhatsApp +6019 390 2257, or visit this website.

9. Makan Makan Malaysia by Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral has curated a Makan Makan Malaysia menu comprising five modern dishes that incorporate familiar local flavours. Highlights include Chicken Rendang Pie, Cheesy Tandoori Prata, and Purple Sweet Potato Sago & Sweet Potato Dumplings in Coconut Milk.

Price: RM68+ per set for 2 pax

Availability: Delivery and pickup from now until 16 September (reservations must be made 24 hours in advance)

To order, please call +03 2723 1154 or email kulal.b&[email protected].

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