Just returned from a business trip to Kuala Lumpur, where we lunched at the Ming Room, Bangsar Shopping Centre. Unlike many upscale Chinese restaurants located in hotels in mainly -Muslim Malaysia which are halal (i.e. pork-free), Ming Room serves Chinese food in all its glory - roast pork, char siew, pork fat, pork lard & all.
I was told that Ming Room's close competitor is Reunion, another upscale Cantonese restaurant in Bangsar Village II mall, just a few minutes away. Anyway, being unfamiliar with KL, I pretty much depended on my hosts.
The food literally blew me away! The "char siew" pork was the best I've ever had outside of Hong Kong & Guangzhou - fatty, caramelised slices of velvety pork-belly slices, so robust & full of flavors. The accompanying "siew yoke" (crispy pork with crackling on top) was exquisite - the brittle crackling was light & perfectly crisp.
The next course was stir-fried sharksfin omelette, served in little lettuce cups. Followed by seafood consomme steamed in individual whole mini-pumpkins; grilled black pepper pork chops; an amazing deep-fried giant carp fish-head accompanied by braised fish fillets; and a platter of absolutely delicious braised abalone, served with spinach-topped egg tofu & broccoli.
The penultimate course was braised rice vermicelli in a thick-brown herbal sauce flavored by ginseng & wolfberries. It was both robust & intoxicatingly addictive.
We rounded off the meal with a cold dessert of double-boiled & then chilled snow-frogs' glands with red dates & nashi pear.
It was quite simply the best Chinese meal I've ever had in Kuala Lumpur. Cost: RM1,700 (USD500) for 12 persons (not including drinks).
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