The celebrations for the coronation of King Charles III continued in the UK today, one day after Coronation Day on 6 May, with Big Lunches being held throughout the country. In many Commonwealth countries (former British colonies), it’s an excuse to party and have fun!
Over here in Penang (founded in 1786 by the British East India Company, and formerly known as The Prince Of Wales Island), 𝗧𝗛𝗘 place to be is at George Town Heritage Hotels (GTHH)'s fabulous Coronation Big Lunch, hosted by founder-owner Chris Ong, at the Seven Terraces’s beautiful Kebaya Dining Room this Sunday afternoon.
Guests were plied with bubbly pink champagne upon arrival:
The food was served buffet-style.
My favourite was kedgeree, the classic Anglo-Indian rice dish, with flaked, smoked haddock, hard-boiled eggs and sultanas.
Also very popular with the guests were the finger sandwiches, with cucumber & smoked salmon, and Coronation chicken filling.
English roast beef, with mustard on the side, was superb.
Chicken tikka masala - one of those indispensable dishes from any self-respecting Indian eatery in the UK, executed perfectly here. Absolutely delish.
Cauliflower fritters - these went perfectly with the chicken tikka masala and the kedgeree.
Duck ballotine had some lovely textures. It’ll have done very well in any other buffet spread, but here, it was overshadowed by the more assertive chicken tikka masala.
We finished off with Eton Mess and a variety of puddings.
There are roughly 50,000 places in the UK where Big Lunches are being organized today, and many outside the UK. We had a good one here at Kebaya Dining Room today.
Kebaya Dining Room, The Seven Terraces
14A, Stewart Lane, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +604-264 2333
Opening hours: 6pm to 10.30pm, Mon, Wed to Sun. Closed on Tuesdays.