Buka Puasa with Tok Wan 101 Recipes at Vistana Hotel, Penang

I was really thrilled when I got then chance to review Vistana Hotel Penang for the very first time. I have heard so much about the Ramadhan buffet which they had last year. One thing for certain which was, they had a lot of items on their buffet line. So this year upon arriving to the airport from Malacca, I went over with much excitement to see what awaits.

For this Ramadhan, Vistana Hotel presents a delicious spread of authentic traditional Malay spread for the breaking of the daily fast, or ‘buka puasa’ with their special Tok Wan 101 Recipes which taps into the taste memories of authentic Malay dishes inspired by Tok Wans everywhere. Tok wan is a colloquial Pahang state term for grandmother. Tok Wan 101 Recipes is available in Vistana Hotels in Kuala Lumpur, Kuantan and Penang.

From a distant, a canopy within the hotel compound could be seen, that is where the grilling takes place. And as you enter, you will be greeted by simply irresistible food.

Lets have a look at what awaits 

How about a start with some healthy selection of ulam-ulaman or herbal salads. 

Ulam Ulam Tempatan

Ulam Raja, Ulam Pegaga, Daun Selon, Timun, Kacang Panjang, Kacang Botol, Petai, Tomato, Terung Bakar, Bendi, Kobis, Jantung Pisang, Daun kaduk 

Aneka Sambal
Sambal Belacan Asli,Sambal Kicap Limau Kasturi, Budu, Cincaluk

There are quite a different variations of appetizers in the Pembuka Selera corner.

Pembuka Selera

Kerabu Ulam, Kerabu Mangga Acar Jelatah, Tempe Ikan Bilis, Kerabu Sotong, erabu Ayam, Kerabu Taugeh, Kerabu Sayur, Kerabu Ikan masin, Tauhu Sumbat dan Kuah Kacang, Telur Masin, Ikan Masin Goreng 

Keropok Ikan, Keropok Udang, Papadum 

Malaysian's all time favourite traditional fruit and vegetable salad , Rojak is also available. 

Rojak Buah

Mangga Muda, Betik Muda, Jambu Air, Jambu Batu, Sengkuang, Timun, Belimbing, Nenas, Bersama Kuah Rojak, Kacang Tumbuk dan Biji Bijian 

Not only do you get rojak back here, you will also find  pasembur stall here.

Pasembur Campuran
Ubi Kentang, Telur, Timun, Sengkuang, Taugeh, Kek Ikan, Sosej, Tauhu, Cucur Udang

The canopy within the premise, host a feast of grilled items. Charcoal grilled sealed always makes it taste better. From fishes, chicken, beef and lamb are available.

Warung Bakar

2 Jenis Ikan, Ayam, Daging, Kambing bersama
Sos Lada Hitam,Sambal Merah,Air Asam

There is also a stall which serves boiled cockles with a special sauce that goes it with.


Not only does the guy at the murtabak stall flips the flattened dough into the air with style but also makes delicious murtabak. The fillings that it contains is just right with the nice canai dough covering it. Having it with sambal, dhall and the bawang jeruk. Yummy

Warung Murtabak

Murtabak Ayam, Sambal Bawang, Dhall Curry, Bawang Jeruk 

At times, some buffet produces less tasty Char Koay Teow, but the one fried here is pretty decent. 

Warung Koay Teow
 Char Koay Teow 

With so many local favourite items already to enjoy, the list adds on with the every popular Asam Laksa. The fish soup has adequate sourness from the tamarind with lots of fish flakes. 

Warung Mee Sup
Asam Laksa 

Tok Wan also inspires a hearty sup daging with such delightful flavours and taste in a pot.

Warung Sup   
Sup Daging Periuk Besar

Now it seems like there has been a lot of food which I have shown and shared so far, BUT there's even more. Yes so much more food coming up. 

For the main dishes, Tok Wan’s main course spread features the following 

Masakan Malay Kawah

Ayam Goreng Berempah, Paru Goreng, Daging Rendang, Rebung Gulai Sotong, Bawal goreng, Ikan Masak Asam Pedas, Siput lala  Masak Berlada 


Kari Telur
Terung bakar 
Nenas Masak Pajerin Bomby
Sayur Kailan Ikan Masin  / Sayur Asin Asin / Pucuk Paku Belacan  /Kangkung Belacan Kobis Goreng kunyit
Kacang Panjang Goreng Sambal Belacan Peria Goreng Telur
Labu  Masak Lemak Cili Api
Sayur Kalio
Nasi Putih
Nasi Tomato 

Whenever Ramadhan is here, the thing that makes me crave is especially the kuih-muihs. Back here at Vistana Hotel, you will be amazed with the wide selection of kuih-muihs that is being offered for you to indulge. I know for certain I was amazed and much impressed with the quantity and the types on the buffet line. 

Pencuci Mulut

( Bubur Kacang, Bubur Pulut Hitam, Pengat Pisang) Aneka Cake Traditional
Aneka Agar-agar Traditional
Aneka Pudding
Aneka Jelly
Aneka Kuih Traditional
Sagu Gula Melaka Leng Chee Kang 

Frankly, this is my first seeing a buffet line with 3 kinds of warm local sweet soup desserts.

How about some nice cool icy treat. This is the time of  me being a lil kid again eating all those ice creams haha

Aneka Ais Krim
(Pilihan Ais Krim Vanilla, Coklat , Jagung, Keladi & Strawberry) 

Ais Kacang Pelangi

(Krim Jagung,Kacang Merah, Buah Nau, Cincau, Sagu Mata Ikan, Susu Sejat,
Agar- agar, Sirap Gula Melaka, Sirap Ros,Coconut Milk) 

Pilihan Buah Buahan Segar
Tembikai, Nenas, Tembikai Susu, Buah Naga,  Pisang Emas, Betik

 Teh Tarik, Malaysians all time favourite drink. It may be as easy as it looks, but I am pretty sure you wouldn't want it splashing everywhere. Spotted was the superior showing the technique to the staff in charge of the teh tarik stall. The pull gives the drink with the froth the omphhhh. 

Warung Minuman Panas

Tea  Tarik 

The Ramadhan-inspired buffet will be held in the ground floor Ballroom and the hotel is complete with ample parking spaces, making it convenient for large groups, and prayer rooms to further cater to its Muslim guests celebrating this blessed month. 

To my opinion, with the options of variety, taste and flavours provided. It's an amazing buffet to break your fast/'buka puasa' and for dinner. 

Thanking Vistana Hotel Penang for hosting.

Tok Wan 101 Recipes
Duration : 19 June - 16 July 2015
Time: 6.30pm - 10.30pm
RM 65 nett per adult 
RM 30 nett per child aged 4-12 years old
For any enquiries or reservation, kindly call +604-646 8000 for reservations.  

Vistana Hotel Penang
Penang Bukit Jambul
213 Jalan Bukit Gambir, 11950 Bukit Jambul, 
Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +604-646 8000 Fax: +604-646 1400
Email: vispg@ytlhotels.com.my

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