In the midst of an extremely busy month of September, me and my friends still managed to find time for a feast of glutton. While in this Muslim’s fasting month of Ramadhan most food junkies will flock to numerous bazaars around the country, me, Kevin and Samuel fixed our glutton eyes on the American’s symbol of food culture invasion instead, the McDonald’s!
Every year during the month of Ramadhan, McDonald’s Malaysia will be having Bufet Ramadhan Khas (Special Ramadhan Buffet) month-long promotion. So for RM23.90, you can stuff yourself silly at almost anything on their menu. ALMOST, because some items are not available for buffet, and some like Spicy Chicken Deluxe and Fish Foldover can be only ordered once.
Not every McDonald’s outlets participate in this promotion, but the outlet closest to my office is, so minimal fuss for us ot get there before the buffet starts at 6:30pm. Here, they set up a special section just for buffet as well as a dedicated counter to handle orders for buffet promotion. We were pretty hungry on that day, so we decided not to wait till buka puasa (break fast) time to start. But of course we were also sensitive enough not to offend the Muslims who were waiting there, so we sat at an isolated table and quietly munched into our food.
Once you paid at the counter, you will be given a wristband, not unlike those you get at theme park like Sunway Lagoon, a voucher for you to order either Spicy Chicken Deluxe or Fish Foldover, and a tick-your-pick menu for you to make your order. Made my first mistake here, by ordering Fish Foldover instead of the chicken burger.
I can tell you that this Fish Foldover is a big no no, especially in a buffet where things have to taste extra nice if you want to eat as much as you can! Somehow the fish fillet was totally not in synch with the pitas, and the absence of any sause somehow makes it almost tasteless. One to avoid if you have to pay for it.
Ordering 2 or 3 pieces of fried chicken was a bad idea as during buffet. While they are very enjoyable, the sheer size and the amount of oil will definitely sets you back in the ultimate kiasu-ness quest of getting your RM23.90 worth of food.
We initially planned to eat as many burgers and nuggets as we can and then proceed to desserts by 8pm, but by 7:30pm our stomachs have already expanded to a dangerous limit. So it was no surprise when our dessert plan was brought forward. Not many choices for dessert, so we went for the ever-popular Sundae Cup and the healthy but tasteless Corn-in-Cup.
These are the faces of us after half-way on our quest in beating Ronald McDonald.
2 Fish Foldovers
6 fish, beef and chicken burgers
6 X 4 pieces of chicken nugget
1 regular french fries
2 Sundae Cups
countless cups of Sirap Ais
For those brave ones and anyone with great appetite, by all means go ahead and prove us wrong. But for us, it was just not worth the pain and suffering. Sans any excitement of discovering new and tasty food, this buffet is simply a league below he more expensive buffets that you can find in posh restaurants or hotels.
McDonald’s Special Ramadhan Buffet
Price: RM23.90 (excluding 5% govt tax) * children under 12: RM12.90 *
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm, 20 Sept – 10 Oct
Participating outlets: Click here for list