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Restoran Al-Arafah, Seri Kembangan

I checked out Restoran Al-Arafah about a month ago. I ordered mushroom soup (of course), mandi lamb and Arabic tea. Apparently, Arabic tea is Lipton tea plus mint and some spices. Hmmmm….

The mushroom soup tasted like instant soup. No big deal. You’re not missing anything big if you don’t order this. The tea was very bitter. Even after I added sugar, it was still bitter. The mandi lamb was quite good, but I think the one at Balqis Restaurant is better. The bill for my meal was RM26.

My verdict:

Balqis Restaurant, Putrajaya

Before I write about the food at Balqis Restaurant, I have to let something off my chest. Eating Arab food does not make one Arabized — no more than eating Korean food makes you Koreanized, or eating western food makes you Westernized. All those people with puny brains who are afraid of the imaginary Arabization of Malaysian Muslims need to take a chill pill and get a life. I sure do hope the Chinese family I saw eating at the restaurant didn’t make a bee line for a shop selling abayas and starts using Arabic words. Otherwise, we’re doomed!

Now that that’s off my chest, let’s talk about the food. I arrived at around 12.20 p.m. on Sunday. There weren’t many people. I ordered mandi lamb with rice but was informed that it would take a while because it was still cooking. So I opted for kabsa lamb with rice (not that there was a bread option). The photo of the spicy potato wedges looked yummy, so I ordered that for appetizer.

None of the hot drinks I wanted was available. Because I don’t like milk shakes and ice blended drinks, I ended up ordering mineral water. What’s the point of having a long list of drinks on the menu and many were not available?

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