I've always wanted to get into sugarpaste, as in, making sugarpaste models, like that wonderful works of Just Heavenly....but of course, those fellas are in a different league. If they are the phD of the baking frats, I am but the pre schooler.
Then I decided I probably do not have the patience, nor the light handedness of a neuro surgeon, to really do a good job. It's one thing rolling plasticine models for your kids, quite another to be rolling phalluses and boobs into realistic looking items from sugarpaste. Also, I think a comment from a certain person (she who must not be named) who specialises in sugarpaste, who made it a point to emphasise that due to her graphics background it was easy for her to visualise and create, (as opposed to us plebians with no graphics background) also kinda deterred me from attempting any creativity.
So, when I got an order for a cake with naked woman, I did soooo want to try making a sugarmommy, but alas, time was not on my side, having just returned from vacation, so I had no choice but to resort to those plastic dolls. I did however take some effort to embellish the anatomy, coz these dolls are SO unrepresentative of real life.
If it were not for discount cards offered by hotels, I doubt I'd ever go dating on a one on one with the bini. With the discount card, it only makes sense to do so, coz everything is 50%!!! Of course, we ignore the fact that we have to fork out like hundreds to get the card in the 1st place. However, I know for a fact that my Shangrila card is more than paid for, coz we regularly went to Zipangu, Shang Palace and occasionally Lemon Garden. (not into buffets, me).
My recent purchase, after EVERYONE raved about it, was the KL Hilton Card. Actually it's hilton card, can be used in PJ Hilton too, which I already used in Genji. Pretty cool, two people at lunchtime, only RM50.
Since we hadn't yet celebrated our aluminium anniversary, (10th), and the weekend became free coz original plans fell through, I thought it would be a good time to try Chynna.
Fancy plates, complemented with plastic chopsticks that you get at a tai chow. Seating, way too close, I could have easily stroked the thigh of the guy sitting on the next table. Not to mention having to hear every word spoken, without even trying to.
I had the abalone ginseng soup for starters, wife had a double scallop broth, (dried and fresh scallops), no pictures, for how does one photograph chinese soups. My soup was a nice clear consomme, with a STRAND of abalone, which I had to comb the bowl for. Wife's was a bit eggy, but tasted good.
For mains we had the deep fried cod fish in their special honey sauce. At RM60, it's actually not too bad, considering the slice of cod was huge.
I loved this version of cantonese crispy roast duck. The first few pieces I had tasted like suckling pig!!! However, as we got nearer the breast, the meat became drier. Also, as we were getting fuller on other stuff, the appeal of the duck diminished.
And last, we had the seafood fried noodles. There was of course a fancier name on the menu, but basically, it was seafood friend noodles. Again, at RM32, it's pretty decent value, coz it had nice plump prawns, scallops, fish (which I didn't care for), and the noodles itself was delicious. Lots of egg too, which of course makes any dish a winner for me.
I did have the aloe vera and lemon grass jelly with lime sorbet for dessert, similar to the one in Shang palace, which I absolutely love. Forgot to snap a picture, (I am so not used to this "Take picture of your food" business), but suffice to say, the tangy lime sorbet matched the lovely smooth lemon grass jelly to a T.
Verdict, will definitely come back, afterall, with the Hilton Card, it worked out to be the same price had we dined any other half decent Chinese restaurant, but will order one dish less, coz we had to go for a late night workout in Tesco after dinner, to work out some of the meal. It's AMAZING how packed Tesco (Mutiara) is at 11pm at night.....