Ah, Sugarbun. It’s a brand most Sarawakians would know of. I grew up with the franchise (Sugarbun was established in 1979), and I recalled having my very first Sugarbun meal at one of their earliest restaurants located at Kenyalang Park. That meal was the Fish Fillet and Yellow Rice with Raisins, with Pickled Cucumbers and Lime on the side. I absolutely loved it! (ok, only during my college years that I actually began to like the Pickled Cucumber lol)
Even today, I would walk into Sugarbun and I will automatically order the Fish & Rice plate meal. Once in a while, I would order their Chicken Burger or their signature Broasted Chicken, but really, as I’m typing this I am personally amazed as to why I didn’t try out the rest of Sugarbun’s menu. Particularly their Asian Cuisine menu.
Perhaps I was fix-set thinking Sugarbun’s only great at their Broasted Chicken and the iconic yellow rice. Perhaps I childishly brushed off Sugarbun’s Asian Cuisine menu, with the assumption that I would be disappointed with their Asian dishes.
I’m glad to say I’ve finally got around trying Sugarbun’s Asian Cuisine menu; I was invited to try their “Truly Malaysian Combo” in conjunction with Malaysia Day Celebration. This “Truly Malaysian Combo” hit the spot for all Malaysians, as the dishes on offer all of the good, familiar flavours each Malaysians would know.
“Truly Malaysian Combo” offers different varieties of combo sets which includes individual meal (Combo 1), Combo for two (Combo 2) and a Family Combo (Combo 3) – ideally for five people.
Combo 1 comes with 1 Nasi Lemak Classic, 1 piece of Sugarbun’s very own famous Broasted Chicken and 1 cup of Premium 3 Layer Tea for only RM10.90.
Combo 2 includes 1 Nasi Lemak Classic, 1 Asian Claypot Curry Chicken with Fragrant Rice, 2 pieces of Broasted Chicken and 2 cups of Premium 3 Layer Tea. Ordering this on your date night would set you back RM28.90.
Combo 3 is for sharing with the family and friends. Get 1 Kano Meal, 1 Nasi Lemak Classic, 1 Asian Claypot Mushroom Chicken with Fragrant Rice, 2 Large Fresh Pickles, 5 pieces of Broasted Chicken and 5 cups of Premium 3 Layer Tea. All for RM69.00.
You probably noticed it by now it’s the Nasi Lemak Classic that’s in the entire combo. And that make sense as Nasi Lemak is in fact Malaysia’s national dish.
And how good is Sugarbun’s take of Nasi Lemak, the dish that broke my “Asian Cuisine menu virginity”?
Oh it’s good. Ok, so it wouldn’t beat your favourite go-to Nasi Lemak but for a franchise-level it’s actually very good. The Sambal Belacan may be lacking in the spiciness, but the sweetness complements the Broasted Chicken to go with the coconut rice.
As for the Claypot Mushroom Chicken, it’s a great dish for a rainy day. Personally I feel this dish works better with normal rice than with Nasi Lemak, but it’s delicious nonetheless.
Of the 3 combos, I would make sure to bring my BAE along and order #2. The Claypot Curry Chicken naturally go together with the Nasi Lemak Classic, and to my surprise the curry sauce works well with the broasted chicken too!
Sadly, I am not a fan of the Premium 3 Layer Tea; a tad too sweet for my liking. However, we all have different tastebuds after all for you might enjoy the tea instead.
So go try out the Sugarbun “Truly Malaysian Combo” today. Cause it’s available now until 15th October 2017. You can find this combo in all Sugarbun outlets in East Malaysia except the airport-based outlets.
And as for me, I’m thankful for the invite that changed my perception of Sugarbun’s Asian Cuisine. It still wouldn’t change my default order at Sugarbun, but I now can trust the quality of their Asian Cuisine J