|Photo credits to Jorge L. Gazzano|
Now we all now there are lots of buffets to choose from in town, so what makes one great place stand out from the rest? Variety!
|One of the guest chefs serving authentic Vietnamese beef noodles - Pho!|
|You can just about see it poking out from the middle - gorgeous dried Filipino mango slices!|
|Assorted breads - Not good when you're keeping your tummy empty for a buffet, but undeniably yummy!|
|Part of the salad selection|
|Steamed Fish with Soya Sauce and fresh Vietnamese Herbs|
|Sautéed Duck with Chillies, Lemon-grass and Sweet Basil Leaves|
|Deep Friend 'Ha Noi' Spring Rolls|
|Salmon 'Goi Cuon' - Vietnamese Spring Rolls|
|More 'Goi Cuon'!|
|The Pho as mentioned above - freshly prepared in front of your eyes!|
Known for its balance of five elements, many Vietnamese dishes include five fundamental taste senses: spicy (metal), sour (wood), bitter (fire), salty (water) and sweet (Earth), corresponding to: five organs: gall bladder, small intestine, large intestine, stomach, and urinary bladder.
Vietnamese dishes also include five types of nutrients: powder, water or liquid, mineral elements, protein and fat. Vietnamese cooks try to have five colours: white (metal), green (wood), yellow (Earth), red (fire) and black (water) in their dishes.
Dishes in Vietnam appeal to gastronomes via five senses: food arrangement attracts eyes, sounds come from crisp ingredients, five spices are detected on the tongue, aromatic ingredients coming mainly from herbs stimulate the nose, and some meals, especially finger food, can be perceived by touching.
Some of the regular buffet goodness was also ready for its hungry patrons:
|Beef Stew with Potato|
|Mussels in Kam Heong Sauce|
|Steamed Mangrove Snapper with Nusantara Sauce|
|Strawberry Panna Cotta|
|Coconut Flavoured Vietnamese Caramel Custard|
|Look at all the pretty desserts!|
You can visit Circle Restaurant yourself at
Le Meridien Kota Kinabalu
Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, 88000 Kota Kinabalu,
Or call+60 88-322 222 for reservations
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