Kuala Lumpur - Dinner at the Ming Room, Bangsar SC
The Ming Room at the upscale Bangsar Shopping Centre is DEFINITELY, IMHO, up there as a serious contender to be the top Cantonese restaurant in Kuala Lumpur (2 others in my mind would have to be Reunion at Bangsar Village and Oversea in Jalan Imbi).
Dinner this evening:
- Cha-siu (barbecued caramelised pork) and siu-yuk (crisp-skinned roast pork) platter which was as good as those you'd get at any top HK Cantonese restaurant;
- Crisp-fried marbled goby fish ("soon hock") drizzled with good quality soy sauce & topped with crisp golden-fried julienned ginger & Chinese parsley. Absolutely delicious but very expensive at RM250++ for a medium-sized fish enough for 4 persons;
- Scrambled eggwhites with seafood (scallops, shrimps) & pine kernels, topped with raw egg-yolk. Stir the yolk into the hot eggwhite-seafood mixture, and add a dash of vinegar. One of my favorite HK-style dishes of all time!
- Aubergine cooked with minced pork & spicy-beansauce in a claypot. This strong-flavored stew went well with steamed white rice.
Very satisfying meal indeed - all the dishes were perfectly-cooked and served a la minute. Service was flawless. The bright, modern main dining room was light, airy and comfortable. Reservation is necessary to guarantee a table at this very popular restaurant.
The Ming Room
T109, 3rd Floor, West Wing
Bangsar Shopping Centre
Jalan Maarof, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2284 8822
Back at Ming Room this evening to try out its KL-style fried Hokkien noodles. Turned out it was pretty similar to the one served at its sister restaurant, the Han Room (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/830044), so much so that I couldn't tell their Hokkien noodles apart: same recipe, same serving style, same price (RM24 or USD7.70) for a portion enough to serve 2 persons with healthy appetites.
Ming Room's double-boiled sharksfin soup: two generous combs of sharksfin with a thick wedge of fish maw, Napa cabbage in a milky sharks-bone consomme, sounded pretty lavish but turned out to be pretty average (RM138/USD44) for an individual portion. Skip the soup here.
WOW, look at that PILE of lardons!!! Yum-yum! ('xcuse me now while I have a heart attack) I took a look again at the dish at Han Room in your link and the lardons weren't that obvious - after being mixed in with the noodles. Heh.
Too bad about the sharksfin soup. Just out of curiosity, what would the price ranges be for a reasonable bowl of SF soup in KL or Singapore?
huiray, I take it that you missed this picture in the Han Room post - yep, the yellow bits *were* those outrageously sinful lardons:
An excellent bowl of sharksfin in Singapore, e.g. like the one from Taste Paradise, would cost around SGD65 or USD52, plus taxes & service charge (another 20%). Luxury versions can cost more than USD100, but you're paying for the trappings, or else you're probably consuming some specie of shark to which *you* represent its sole source of endangerment :-D
Ming Room's prices are at the high-end for KL - their sharksfin soups range from RM35++ for one with strands of sharksfin in a thick soup with crabmeat & crabroe, to top of the line versions (whole combs of fins floating in tasty consomme) which would cost USD100 a pop. The one I had this evening would be considered a fairly good, top-range version already.
Really enjoyed the newish Cantonese-fusion dishes at the Ming Room during dinner early this week:
- Grapefruit & crabmeat starter
- Crisp cod-fish rolls topped with chicken-floss, with Romaine lettuce salad
- Scallop in cream sauce paired with crisp-fried crabcake
- Chicken consomme served in a teapot
- the ubiquitous roast pork - YUM!!
- Cantonese-style braised yin-yeong hor-fun noodles
One of the better meals I'd had over the Christmas season :-)
I think Ming Room procures high-end products - which explained their astronomical prices (even by Singapore standards, let alone KL ones). But, even then, I think they are priced 30% or more compared to other top Cantonese restaurants for similar dishes - perhaps because ot its exclusive location in Bangsar SC - that mall where you often see lines of Ferraris & Porsches parked outside.
A meal for 4 that night was > RM450. I think you usually end up paying at least RM100 per head for a "normal" meal there (even if you don't order sharksfin, abalone, birds' nest or other expensive items).
We had a reasonably interesting set dinner for 8 over the weekend at Ming. Service was attentive, and meal was above average. However the eye opener was, when we were recommended to add an extra dish, which was hollowed out tomato, filled with scallops.
The cost of that dish alone was about 50% of the set dinner.
The next time, when a dish is recommended, asked the price first!