Kuala Lumpur - Cantonese lunch @ the Palace of the Golden Horses
Welcome to the hyper-kitsch Palace of the Golden Horses Hotel on the outskirts of KL, close the the Kuala Lumpur Race Course. The equestrian theme ran through almost every facet of the hotel - the decor, the names of the restaurants, etc.
Today, we lunched at Kim Ma, the hotel's Chinese restaurant:
- Starter: vegetable-filled crisp-fried spring rolls, dried oyster fritters covered with a sweet-sour sauce, slivered abalone and crunchy pickled seaweed.
- Sichuanese hot-and-sour soup. Very nice - not too spicy here.
- Sweet-sour fish fillets - quite pedestrian. Not sure what type of fish was used, but didn't taste very fresh nor delicately-flay as I'd expected.
- Cantonese-style crispy roast chicken - very well-executed here, though not something one would drive all the way out here for.
- Crisp kai-lan with golden-crisp garlic crumbs. Nice.
Nice, relaxed setting, away from the madding crowd. Food-wise, not exceptionally good. It's halal/non-pork to suit Muslim diners.
Kim Ma Cantonese Fusion Restaurant
Palace of the Golden Horses
Jalan Kuda Emas, MINES Resort City,
43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor
Tel: +603-8944 3784
The decor does look a little...forced.
Vegetarian H&S soup, then? Looks like 8 settings on the appetizer plate - 8 diners? Perhaps you all had other food as well then, but not pictured? The chicken looks very nice. Was it a rendition or approximation of "crispy (paper-like skin) chicken" [ja ji gai (炸紙雞)] ?
I looked for this place on the web and looked at one shot of the menu that came up. Not cheap.
There were actually only 6 of us - not sure how the 8 portions for appetisers came about (lucky number?) but I, for one, was pretty glad to have seconds for the spring rolls.
The Sichuanese hot-and-sour soup contained julienned chicken-meat as well, if I'm not mistaken - but of measly portions.
Ye, the chicken was indeed "炸紙雞", but the flavors were too bland - frozen farm-bred chicken used?
We had a light lunch - the only 2 dishes I did not photograph were the lotus-wrapped rice (which were served to us already apportioned into individual bowls, humph) and the cut-fruits platter, which didn't look much too out-of-this-world :-D
This is one of those restaurants which you'd eat in - if you happen to be attending some sort of conference in the hotel (which we were), but probably need wild horses to drag me back in there again.